GAY AND LESBIAN NIGHTLIFE IN LONDON
London has a very visible gay scene, ranging from flamboyant to mainstream. Time Out devotes a section to gay listings, and gay newspapers include the Pink Paper. Boyz magazine, free from gay bars, and the Ginger Beer website (www.gingerbeer.co.
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Uk) track gay and lesbian nightlife respectively. Soho especially Old Compton Street is the heart of gay London, with much smaller scenes in Islington, Earl’s Court, and Brixton.
G-A-Y (-a- 7434 9592; www.g-a-y.co. Uk). M and Th at the Mean Fiddler, 165 Charing Cross Rd. F-Sa at the London Astoria, 157 Charing Cross Rd. Tube: Tottenham Court Rd. London’s biggest gay and lesbian night, 4 nights a week. Cover under £11. Open M, Th, F until 4am, Sa until 5am.
The Box, 32-34 Monmouth St. (7240 5828). Recently renovated, this spacious gay mixed bar-brasserie is popular with a stylish mediafashion crowd. Open M-Sa llam-llpm, Su 7-10: 30pm. MCV.
Vespa Lounge, St. Giles Circus ( 7836 8956). Tube: Tottenham Court Rd. Relaxed lesbian lounge bar with comfy seats, pool table. Thai food from downstairs Conservatory restaurant. Gay men welcome as guests. Open M-Sa 6pm-midnight.