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Our guide to London: Gay & Lesbian

The Admiral Duncan

Unpretentious, traditional style gay bar

54 Old Compton Street, W1 – Tel: 020-7437 5300 – Tube: Leicester Square

Ku Bar

Awarded “Best Gay Bar London” in 2008, Ku Bar is open every day with a selection of beers, wines and cocktails.

30 Lisle Street, WC2 – Tel: 020 7437 4303 – Tube: Leicester Square

79cxr

Friendly gay bar serving good food.

79 Charing Cross Road, WC2 – Tel: 020-7734 0769 – Tube: Charing Cross

The-edge

Boasts four floors, each with a different atmosphere to drink in or go clubbing.

11 Soho Square, London W1 – Tel: 020-7439 1313 – Tube: Tottenham Court Road

G-A-Y Bar

Lots of TV screens with pop videos makes this a popular bar for younger men.  Basement Bar aimed at lesbians.

30 Old Compton Street, W1 – Tel: 020-7494 2756 – Tube: Leicester Square

Quebec

One of the oldest bars in London, it retains a traditional, London pub style and has regular DJ nights.

12 Old Quebec Street, W1 – Tel: 020-7629 6159 – Tube: Marble Arch

First Out

Cafe-bar with friendly and relaxed atmosphere.  Vegetarian menu at cheap prices.  Fine range of gateaux, pastries and excellent coffee.

52 St. Giles Street, WC2 – Tel: 0872 1480396 – Tube: Tottenham Court Road

Candy Bar

Offers lesbians retro-style cocktail bar upstairs, a noisy, ground level cruising bar and a range of club nights.

4 Carlisle Street, W1 – Tel: 7494 4041 – Tube: Tottenham Court Road

The Drill Hall

Lesbian-run arts centre offering mixed queer theatre all year round.  Opens bar/restaurant Monday nights to women only.

16 Chenies Street, WC1 – Tel: 020-7637 8270 – Tube: Goodge Street

Vespa Lounge

Girl bar which is chilled during the week and packed at weekends.  Pool table and satellite TV.  Gay men welcome as guests.

St. Giles High Street, WC2 – Tel: 020-7836 8956 – Tube: Covent Garden

Taste of Honey

Party atmosphere for lesbians of all ages.

10 Aldermansbury Street, EC2 – www.tasteofhoneyclubnight.co.uk – Tube: St. Pauls

Resturants

Perennial

Friendly, gay-run restaurant in East London serving modern European cuisine.

110 Columbia Road, E2 – Tel: 020-7739 4556 – Tube: Bethnal Green

CRU

Gay friendly restaurant.  Trendy, casual warehouse style eatery serving Mediterranean food.

2-4 Rufus Street, N1 – Tel: 020-7729 5252 – Tube: Old Street

Balans Soho

Trendy, gay restaurant open almost 24 hours so handy for a very late meal.

60 Old Compton Street, W1 – Tel: 020-7439 2183 – Tube: Piccadilly Circus

Bristrothque

Comprising Napoleon Bar, restaurant and cabaret room.

23-27 Wadeson Street, E2 – Tel: 020-8983 7900 – Tube: Bethnal Green

Shops

Gay’s the Word

Largest and most comprehensive lesbian and gay bookshop in UK

66 Marchant Street, WC1 – Tel: 020-7278 7654 – Tube: Russell Square

Prowler Soho

Gay lifestyle store selling  books, videos, gifts, DVDs and magazines

5-7 Brewer Street, W1 – Tel: 020-7734 4031 – Tube: Piccadilly Circus

Clone Zone

Selling gay sex toys, DVDs, fashion etc.

64 Old Compton Street, W1 – Tel: 020-7287 3530 – Tube: Piccadilly Circus

Saunas

Saunabar

Known for its friendly atmosphere and discrete staff.

29 Endell Street, WC2 – Tel: 020-7836 2236 – Tube: Covent Garden

Chariots

Fairchild Street, EC2 – Tel: 020-7247 5333 – Tube: Liverpool Street

Pacific 33

Small but busy sauna.

33 Hornsey Road, N7 – Tel: 020-7609 8133 – Tube: Holloway Road