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Gay bars in London From Soho to Camden you’ll find plenty of excellent places to party or chill out in London.

Probably the best known gay bar in North West London is the Black Cap [map] in Camden. By day it’s a relaxed watering hole with fabulous beer garden, then at the night, the basement opens to liven up the evenings as the cabaret is unleashed. For years this has been an institution amongst the gay community and can boast of regular visits from Lily Savage and the Pet Shop Boys.

Lesbians can enjoy the male free ambience of the Glass Bar [map], near Euston tube station, which is an exclusively women only bar. And this is no dyke dive either as it has the style you’ve come to expect from bars (rather than pubs) in the capital.

As the UK’s only gay sports bar you would think that Central Station [map] has quite a limited clientele, however, this Kings Cross venue in North London has a lot more to offer. With three floors to keep people entertained you’ll find this a popular haunt for gay people in North London. One of the things that make this venue so favoured is their multitude of club nights including Gummi, Boot and Ain’t Misbehaving.

It would be a crime to talk about the scene in the south east without first mentioning The Stonewall Bar [map], which has been a premier part of gay life in Lewisham for many years. Serving the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community as well as their straight friends, this place is an energetic and lively venue. Enjoy a range of dedicated nights including men-only male stripper nights and a friendly karaoke evening. The Stonewall Bar is located on Lewisham High Street, Lewisham.

The Brewery Tap [map], Lingham Street, Stockwell, SW9, is in the heart of the gay community and is a gay owned and run pub, which offers a great atmosphere to a mixed crowd. Join in the fun at weekly quizzes and karaoke. There are also women-only nights while drag acts appear occasionally. With drink promotions every night and barbeques during the summer this really is a pub that caters for all your needs and offers something different every night of the week.

Those who long for a thumping evening of high adrenaline should get themselves to Two Brewers [map], Clapham High Street, SW4, which has a gigantic dance floor. This is the perfect place for a rowdy evening out with a few mates and there’s plenty of great cheesy pop music to get the party started in style. There’s also a nightly drag show in what must surely be one of England’s liveliest bars.

One of the best bars to sum up the gay scene in Central London is the fresh and funky Bar Aqua [map], Maiden Lane, WC2. In the heart of Covent Garden Bar Aqua has light and airy décor and a young and bright clientele. This is a hidden treasure and the perfect place for a simple meal or a fun night out after dark.

Perhaps one of London’s most notorious gay bars Brief Encounter [map] is located at St Martin’s Lane, WC2, and has undergone a face lift since its infamous days as the home of society scandal in the 1970s and 1980s. Now Brief Encounter is an altogether more respectable affair but still provides the warm-up drinks for those heading to Heaven later in the evening.

For a unique clubbing experience check out the gigantic Edge [map], Soho Square, W1, which is a trendy bar for young fit types. The storeys of fashionable bars and funky dance floors make this a great place to go with groups of friends. During the summer the action spills out onto the street and there’s a café bar on the ground floor for eats to soak up the alcohol.

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