Gay Bars That Have Closed In London Since The Turn Of The Century

There’s big talk about the number of gay 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 (102)

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.

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: Discobar in Earls Court closed in the late 90s

Cock: 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

Crown and Anchor: gay and mixed pub in Bromley North. Closed in 2006 and reopened as 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: Walthamstow

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, up market 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 Harlsden.

George And Dragon: in Shoreditch was forced to close after dramatic price hike in lease.

Golden Lion, Kings Cross

The Halfway House: described as east London’s friendly gay bar in Bethnal Green.

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. 1960s – 2012

King Edward IV: in Islington closed in 2011. 1966 – 2011


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 reopen and then closed again.

Macbeth, The: gay run pub near Old Street.

Manbar: the bar than went on to replace CRX79 on Tottenham Court Road.

Madame Jo Jos: famed Drag venue which closed in 2014. 1966 – 2014

The Market Tavern: Walthamstow

The Navy Arms: Friendly pub in Deptford.

Nelson’s Head: 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, 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: homely pub in Hownslow Central.

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 Stilletto: 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.

Skinners Arms: 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: 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 (32)

Area: Dance club in Albert Embankment 2006 – 2014

Atelier at The End: Weekly lounge style event near Tottenham Court Road.

Benjys 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 1PM till 9PM.

Fist: described as a “sleaze pit” with 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: intimate Dance club near Astoria. 2001 – 2008

Long Yang Club: a gay night for South east 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: intimate gay night in Stratford.

Reflex: attitude free clubbing in Kingston Upon Thames.

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. 4AM till 1PM 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.

Turnmills: Clerkenwell

Voltz: Was beneath the Roebuck in Lewisham.

Wayout: club night for gays, straights TVs and Trans folk in Tower Hill.


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