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There’s a lot of conversation over the number of gay/LGBT bars and clubs that have closed in recent years, using an old copy of Fluid magazine, (which no longer exist either) from 2001 we discover the bars, clubs or gay nights that have closed in London since 2000.

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Bars (116)

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

Brief Encounters

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: Disco bar 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

Compass: Islington

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.

Embassy, The

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: a 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, an 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)

Her Upstairs: Closed for unspecified “legal reasons” in August 2018.

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.  Molly Moggs reopened briefy but was then closed again.

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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. (UPDATE) Under new management, not entirely gay, but still remains gay-friendly, with drag acts.

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.

Soho’s Strippers

Southopia: a lesbian bar in Kennington.

SW9: a stylish cafe bar in Brixton.

The Stag

Star And Garter: a traditional pub in Bromley. 2006 – 2014.

Stokey Stop: a lesbian bar in Stoke Newington

West Central

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

Clubs (35)

Area: Dance club in Albert Embankment 2006 – 2014

Atelier at The EndWeekly 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 Latteevery Friday night at the Chocolate Bar.

Club V: a popular gay indie night every other Saturday in Islington.

Club Kaliat the Dome, a bi-monthly Bhangra bash in N19.

Club Tranvesties: A Stepney night for “TVs/ TSs” every Sunday near Aldgate East

Crashlate 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

Fistdescribed 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.

GhettoCult 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.

Reflectionsan 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-Shafton 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 TubeLate night club and cruise bar on Saturdays was called Wigout.

Turnmills: Clerkenwell

VoltzWas beneath the Roebuck in Lewisham.

Saunas (4)

Steamworks 309 – Sauna based in New Cross Closed 2014

Chariots Shoreditch It was London’s largest sauna but was demolished in 2016 to make way for a new development.

Chariots Streatham Was a sauna that was closed without warning in 2016.

Chariots Waterloo – Was closed in 2017 to make way for a new development in the area.

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