Yet another London landmark has closed. The iconic Gay bar on Charing Cross road closed unexpectedly on 30th March 2017. This brings the total of Gay bars to shut since the millennium to 116 see the full list below.
3 Monkey: Greenwich
The Angel: a cabaret bar in Stratford.
Artful Dodger: in Highbury and Islington.
The Bar: a large style cafe bar in Shoreditch.
Bar Aquda: on Maiden Lane near Covent Garden.
Barcode Vauxhall: cruisy bar in Albert Embankment. 1996 – 2015
Barcode: a dancey bar in Soho which late 00s.
Bar Fusion: in Islington.
Bar Titania: Was on Charing Cross road on the site of the old Ku Bar next to Manbar/CXR. Closed 2016.
The Birdcage: A traditional friendly pub in Chiswick which closed in 2006.
The Black Cap: legendary North London drag bar and club which closed in 2015. 1965 – 2015
The Black Horse: East end gay bar near Stepney Green.
The Blush Bar: a lesbian bar in Stoke Newington. 1997 – 2015.
The Box: relaxed cafe on Seven Dials near Covent Garden.
Brewery Tap: a friendly local gay bar in Stockwell
Brewers Tap, Walthamstow
The Britannia: a different themed night every night in Leytonstone
The British Prince: An intimate east end boozer near Limehouse
Bromptons: Big and cruisy was once part of the now-defunct Earl’s Court gay scene. Is now being turned into flats. 1984 – 2008.
Buzz Bar: Bar in Clapham Junction
Cafe Au-Reole: gay bar set on two floors, was part of the Earl’s Court gay scene.
Central Station, Walthamstow: gay bar with nightly entertainment in Walthamstow.
Candy Bar: London’s number one Lesbian bar – had a brief reopening, but closed again in 2014. 1996 – 2014
Catch 22: short-lived gay bar in Wood Green, the most northern gay bar in London.
Citrus Grove: Fridays only in Gipsy Hill.
The Champion: long running and unpretentious in Notting Hill.
Copacabana: Discobar in Earls Court closed in the late 90s
Cock: a traditional pub in Kennington which closed in 2005.
Cock and Comfort: large gay boozer in Bethnal Green
The Coleherne: bar which tried to rebrand in 2008 becoming the Pembroke. It was London’s oldest gay bar until its closure.
The Coronet: described as a stylish east end bar, near Stratford, now apartments
Crews, Central London, on St. Martin’s Lane
Crown and Anchor: a gay and mixed pub in Bromley North. Closed in 2006 and reopened as a non-gay bar and told customers who were looking for a gay bar to go to Stonewall bar in Lewisham – also now closed.
David Warriors A Bar: for men with attitude – men only in Southwark
Due South: in Stoke Newington
Dukes: a gay bar which was very popular with bears in Vauxhall It now operates as Eagle London, which is still a gay venue.
The Duke of Wellington: mixed and friendly bar in Islington.
Edge, The: 4 Storey gay bar perched on the edge of Soho Square.
Escape: Popular dance bar with student night in Soho, closed in 2014. 1998 – 2014.
Fallen Angel: Islington. Bar with rooms upstairs where support groups would meet. Has now been turned into flats.
Flag, The, Finsbury Park
The Fort: a cruisy gay bar in Elephant and Castle. Was reported closed in August 2011. 1997 – 2011.
First Out Cafe Bar: legendary gay venue lasted 25 years before closing in 2011. 1986 – 2011.
The George Music Bar: Cosy bar in Isleworth.
Goose and Carrot: gay-friendly mixed pub in Croydon
Gladstone Arms: gay bar in Borough which had regular themed nights.
Gloucester, The: Gay bar featured in Beautiful Thing
The Green: Swanky, upmarket bar on Upper Street, Islington. 2007 – 2012.
The Green Carnation: Upper market wine bar on the edge of Soho. Closed in 2015.
The Green Man: Traditional and mixed in Harlesden.
George And Dragon: in Shoreditch was forced to close after a dramatic price hike in its lease.
Golden Lion, Kings Cross
The Halfway House: described as east London’s friendly gay bar in Bethnal Green.
Harpoon Louis: The bar upstairs, Harpoon Louie’s (later Harpo’s and later still Banana Max), was until the late 1980s among the most popular gay bars in London. It is now a Wagamama restaurant.Above the Copa in Earls Court Road, it was the largest gay bar in London, on 3 levels with an extensive garden. Opened in 1983 and closed in 1997 (thanks to John for the info)
The Hoist: cruise and sex venue for guys in Vauxhall. Closed in January 2017 after 21 years in business
The Horns: cruise bar at London Bridge.
The Joiner’s Arms: Long established LGBT space which closed in January 2015 1997 – 2015
The Jubilee Tavern
Two8Six: Was a pub formerly known as Stonewalls, it closed in 2012. The 1960s – 2012
Kazbar: Announced it would close at the end of 2016. Was one of two gay bars in Clapham, the other being The Two Brewers.
King Edward IV: in Islington closed in 2011. 1966 – 2011
Leinster, The: The pub opened in 1998 and closed in 2005 on two floors, a traditional gay pub for the “Chelsea crowd” The pub which was on the corner of Ossington St has since been demolished. (Thanks to John for the info)
Limelight, On Charing Cross Road, near the Palace Theatre. Was a Sunday night evening event.
The Little Apple: traditional gay pub closed in 2014. 1993 – 2014
Lo Profile: a gay bar started by dating site, Gaydar, closed in 2013.
London Apprentice: Old Street, North London
Lower Ground: a basement bar in West Hampstead.
Lounge: iconic lesbian night which closed and then reopens and then closed again.
Macbeth, The: gay run pub near Old Street.
Madame Jo Jos: famed Drag venue which closed in 2014. 1966 – 2014
Manbar: the bar that went on to replace CRX79 on Tottenham Court Road.
The Market Tavern: Islington.
Molly Moggs, a friendly and brash central London pub, famous for its larger than life drag queens, karaoke and friendly staff. One of the oldest LGBT pubs in the UK. 2017
The Navy Arms: a Friendly pub in Deptford.
Nelson’s Head: a traditional pub in Horatio Street. 2007 – 2015.
The Oak: lesbian bar in Manor House. 1994 – 2013
Old Ship: East end gay pub near Old Street.
The Orange: Described as a large boys space, with themes every night.
The Outback Bar: next to Buzz Bar, also closed in Clapham Junction.
Penny Farthing: A favourite Hammersmith hangout.
Play Pit: A sleazy bar room cruisy bar in Kings Cross
Profile: a cafe and bar opened by dating gurus Gaydar, closed in 2013 along with the sale of their radio station Gaydar Radio. 2007 – 2013.
Prohibition Cafe Bar: gay owned, a gay friendly pub in Streatham.
Princess Of Wales: Friendly gay bar in Woolwich.
Queens Arms: closed in the early 2000s and turned into flats. It was a smart, upmarket pub.
Queens Arms: a homely pub in Hounslow Central.
Queens Head: Chelsea gay/straight pub that was unable to negotiate a new lease due to increased costs in 2016.
Ram, The: Islington with legendary party nights.
Rocket: Two bars in one, in Acton.
Roebuck: a bar situated in Rennall Street, later called Bar Phoenix which was eventually demolished.
Rose and Crown: Greenwich
Red Stiletto: in Vauxhall.
Racecourse: The a friendly mixed pub in Crouch End.
Route 73: traditional gay bar in Stoke Newington.
Rush Bar: a lesbian bar which closed in the mid-2000s.
Salisbury: St Martins Lane, WC1 (yes it is still there, but now straight).
This was pub frequented by actors and gay men in the 1950/60s becoming completely gay in the 1970s. It ceased trading as a gay pub in 1985 with the opening of a new gay bar across the road (Brief Encounter). It was featured in the film “Victim” with gay leading actor Dirk Bogarde. The film made in 1961 told the story of the culture of blackmail in the gay community.
The film set in motion the legalisation of homosexuality in 1967. (thanks to John for info)
The Salmon, in Islington
Shadow Lounge: A members dance club/bar that allowed guest listing announced it was to shut in September 2016.
Skinners Arms: a Traditional gay pub in Oval.
Southopia: a lesbian bar in Kennington.
SW9: a stylish cafe bar in Brixton.
Star And Garter: a traditional pub in Bromley. 2006 – 2014.
Stokey Stop: a lesbian bar in Stoke Newington
White Horse: a mixed pub on the Westferry DLR.
Woolwich Infant: Plumstead
Y Bar: On Essex Road in Islington.
79CXR: manly bar on Tottenham Court Road. 1994 -2015
Area: Dance club in Albert Embankment 2006 – 2014
Atelier at The End: Weekly lounge style event near Tottenham Court Road.
Benjy’s 2000: a Sunday night club night for gay men, near Mile End.
The Block: A Bromley by Bow dress code, cruisy club night.
Coco Latte: every Friday night at the Chocolate Bar.
Club V: a popular gay indie night every other Saturday in Islington.
Club Kali: at the Dome, a bi-monthly bhangra bash in N19.
Club Tranvesties: A Stepney night for “TVs/ TSs” every Sunday near Aldgate East
Crash: late night club from 10.30 in Vauxhall. Closed in 2007. It now operates as Union, which is still a gay event.
Extreme: Sunday afternoon clubbing from 1 PM till 9 PM.
FF was at Turnmills
Fist: described as a “sleaze pit” with a strictly enforced dress code.
G-A-Y: at the Astoria. 1993 – 2008 Moved to Heaven.
Gay Tea Dance: at the Limelight on Shaftesbury Ave.
Ghetto: Cult Soho dance club with a mixed clientele of club freaks, artists and international A listers. Legendary nights included NagNagNag, Misshapes and The Cock (thanks to LWellsted). 2001 – 2008
Long Yang Club: a gay night for Southeast Asians.
Off The Hook: at Velvet – mixed Monday night club.
The Phoenix: clubbing on Saturdays near Oxford Circus.
Popstarz: mixed club night which used to be held in Kings Cross closed in November 2014.
Reflections: an intimate gay night in Stratford.
Reflex: attitude free clubbing in Kingston Upon Thames.
Sadie Masie: at the now defunct London lesbian and Gay Centre in Cow Cross Street, Farringdon. (Thanks to John)
Shadow Lounge: A members club in the heart of Soho famous for its light up dance floor and VIP sections. Closed 2016.
The Spiral: gay-friendly club near Old Street.
Substation South: late night club, with different themes each night of the week in Brixton.
Substation Sound-Shaft: on Hungerford Lane – cruisy late night club/bar – Thursday nights were called Twisted and Fridays were called SPUNK.
Subway: Leicester Square
The Lounge: described as a “gentleman’s” club with bar and restaurant.
Trade: Techno club night at Turnmills. 4 AM till 1 PM in Farringdon. Last night was held in October 2015.
Trash Palace: In Soho, set over three floors down the road from Ku Bar.
The Tube: Late night club and cruise bar on Saturdays was called Wigout.
Voltz: Was beneath the Roebuck in Lewisham.
Way out: club night for gays, straights TVs and Trans folk in Tower Hill.
Steamworks 309 – Sauna based in New Cross Closed 2014
And don’t forget the cinemas
here is a link to an article I wrote about cinemas