Where To Find: The Best Gay Bars In London 2023

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Dalston Superstore via Facebook

It's not just Soho that has the best gay, lesbian and LGBTQ+ pubs and bars, London is loaded with fun and inclusive nights out for the community- here's the top five...

The mass of LGBTQ+ pubs, bars and clubs across London can make it difficult to select where to go for a night out. And, true to it's reputation, it's one of the most vibrant cities in the world for this scene, with much of the city's queer history being housed in bars and clubs, so wherever you go you'll be guaranteed a good night. But to save you traipsing through endless blogs; we've done the hard work and whittled down the extensive list to the top 5 inclusive gay, lesbian and LGBTQ+ venues in London to enjoy a night out at!

The Yard

The Yard via Facebook

57 Rupert St, London W1D 7PN

We start off with a popular Soho haunt, The Yard attracts a mixed, mostly mature LGBTQ+ crowd and a chic vibe that doesn't break the bank. There's a downstairs alfresco area that boasts relaxed mood lighting, wooden banquettes and lots of flowers brightening even the dreariest of days, and an upstairs loft bar that is equipped with quaint leather sofas and a balcony. Everything else is pretty simple, with a standard drinks menu and a few bites to accompany it. With summer approaching, The Yard can get especially busy so we do recommend reserving, but walk-ins are always welcome, and the airy ambiance is totally worth the bustling crowd. 

SHE Soho

SHE soho via Facebook

23a Old Compton St, London W1D 5JL

Yes, we're still in Soho, but there's good reason for it. SHE Soho is a queer space solely dedicated to queer woman, non-binary folk and friends; taking its responsibility very seriously. Nestled in a cave-like basement, SHE is run by the same group that own Ku (another LGBTQ+ venue) and also has a wonderful atmosphere to party the night away. With a flair for laying on the entertainment through comedy, cabaret, karaoke, quiz evenings and, of course, club nights there's always a guarantee for a fun time and a great way to meet women. The shows are curated for their intended audience and we wouldn't recommend trying to blag your way in if you don't identify, but if you happen to cross over the threshold, you're in for a blast. 

The Glory


281 Kingsland Rd, London E2 8AS

Heading east now with The Glory- this London pub/club/ performance space is a hidden gem that's perfect for both after work drinks and a night out on the town. With forward thinking queer entertainment such as cabaret to DJ nights and drag stand-up shows there's a tonne of things going on to keep you and your friends entertained whilst you sip on your sweet cocktails. The venue opened in 2015 and has been packed with the East London creative scene ever since rolling with an 'everything encouraged' mantra and a glorious energy. 

Check out more of whats to come at the Glory here.

Dalston Superstore

Dalston Superstore via Facebook

117 Kingsland High St, London E8 2PB

East London's premiere queer pleasure palace, Dalston Superstore is a thriving venue for all things entertainment. Including queer club, cabaret spot, cafe, gallery and community space. It's been quite the face of the LGBTQ+ party scene since 2009 and is loved by many. Acting as a cosy café during the day (apart from weekends where there are outrageously rowdy drag brunches) and transforming into a forward-thinking club night at night, this is a safe haven for both early birds and night owls that want to experience something outside of your average entertainment scene. When it comes to food and drink the offers are pretty bog standard but nonetheless delicious, and theres a whole vegan menu available too. 

There's something happening at Dalston Superstore almost every day, so make sure you stay up to date with their calendar and reserve a spot in advance. 

Royal Vauxhall Tavern

The Royal Vauxhall Tavern via Facebook

372 Kennington Ln, London SE11 5HY

Victorian music hall turned LGBTQ+ pub, The Royal Vauxhall Tavern is probably one of the most resilient venues on the scene. It's been threatened for many years by greedy property developers and has even been held as the last thing that would be standing if there were ever a nuclear holocaust (alongside cockroaches and Cher). Its rich history has made it an icon on the scene- from Princess Di popping in in male drag to Lily Savage performing there in the 80's, The RVT has been through it all and shows no signs of slowing down just yet; thoroughly earning its Grade II list title as well. 

Even more reason to support the RVT with your presence is that it's independently owned, culturally, historically and reputationally established, raises money for charitable causes and lives and breathes the LGBTQ+ community. Offering award-winning entertainment such as stand-up, cabaret, pantomime shows, clubs nights and smile-inducing food and drinks, what's not to love? Drinks are affordable and pretty standard (they're still a pub after all) with new artists and DJ's visiting the venue every month. Check out whats on next at the RVT here.