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Justin Myers’ Top 5 LGBTQ Venues in London

We’re right in the middle of Pride Month, and to celebrate, writer Justin Myers (aka The Guyliner) shares his top 5 LGBTQ venues in London. Justin’s novel, The Last Romeo, is out now.

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Royal Vauxhall Tavern. Justin says, ‘The careworn but cherished RVT is one of the capital’s oldest LGBTQ venues and hosts some of the most interesting and inclusive nights in town. Musts are eclectic Duckie, every Saturday, and monthly popfest Push The Button, along with a packed calendar of quirky cabaret, cool comedy and riotous FUN. It gets packed, so you will get a drink spilled over you. Deal with it.’

Royal Vauxhall Tavern, 372 Kennington Lane, SE11 5HY


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Queen Adelaide. Justin says, ‘Many East Londoners still mourn the loss of the George and Dragon on Hackney Road, but its spirit lives on here, in a larger venue run by the same owner and down the road a bit. Attracting and very welcoming to all ages, but skewing younger and cheekbonier if I’m honest, this vibrant young queen is open late and the music is GOOD.’

Queen Adelaide, 483 Hackney Road, E2 9ED


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The Yard. Justin says, ‘This popular Soho bar’s open courtyard has the place buzzing in all weathers, and its loft bar is always packed with gay men ogling the chiselled bar staff or huddling on the balcony outside to gossip and recharge nicotine levels. You will end up sitting next to someone on a first date.’

The Yard, 57 Rupert Street, W1D 7PL


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The Duke of Wellington. Justin says, ‘Compared with the mass of writhing bodies boozing, chatting and bopping on the ground floor, upstairs at the Welly is usually much more sedate. They have the most poptastic jukebox in London, occasionally have a turn on, including Busy Lady Bingo, and nobody cares if you’re a bit long in the tooth or squishy in the middle.’

The Duke of Wellington, 77 Wardour Street, W1D 6QA


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Retro Bar. Justin says, ‘“I’m not like the other guys,” the Retro might say, were it able to speak. This cosy bar is attitude-free and delightfully punky, over two floors, the walls plastered with famous shots of music icons. The jukebox here is a muso’s dream – everything from ABBA to Led Zeppelin – and drinks are quite cheap for Central London! Hurrah! Remember: scuzz is charming.’

Retro Bar, 2 George Court, WC2N 6HH

Feature image credit: Dominic Ibbotson