Top 5 LGBTQI hangouts in south-east London

Top 5 LGBTQI-friendly spots in south-east London

South-east London has a rich queer history spanning decades. Areas like Vauxhall, Catford, Bermondsey, Kennington and Peckham are home to some of the most LGBTQI-friendly places in the capital, famous among others for their high-spirited cabaret and drag acts. Check out our pride guide to the best of them right here.

Two Brewers

This glitter-loving show bar and club in Clapham has been a meeting point for London’s gay scene for over four decades. Fun and cocktails flow freely in the Two Brewers' all-lip-syncing, all-dancing karaoke and cabaret specials held seven nights week.

Location: 114 Clapham High Street, SW4 7UJ


The George & Dragon

Based in the lower Blackheath village and Greenwich intersection, the George & Dragon is known as south-east London’s traditional cabaret bar. Come here on a Friday or Saturday to see fun-tastic shows by top acts from across the UK, such as Lola Lasagne and Tanya Hyde. The music-loving Super Sundays at this beloved gay bar are also a big hit.

Location: 2 Blackheath Hill, SE10 8DE


John the Unicorn

Located in the heart of Peckham, John the Unicorn found a home in a former decorator’s shop on the high street, just a stone’s throw from Peckham Rye railway station. The venue is spread across two floors and prides itself on being a safe space for the LGBTQIA+ community, serving great craft beer, cocktails and street food from local independent businesses.

Location: 157-159 Rye Ln, SE15 4TL


Royal Vauxhall Tavern

A former Victorian music hall, the award-winning Royal Vauxhall Tavern, a.k.a. RVT, has a history that dates back to 1865. Established as an independent cabaret venue in the 1980s, this LGBTQ+ stalwart is a must stop in south-east London for drinks, as well as regular club nights and cabaret drag acts. Famous stars like Belinda Carlisle, Gabrielle and Sugababes’ Mutya Buena have also been spotted here.

Location: 372 Kennington Ln, SE11 5HY


The Bridge Clapham

Set under a railway arch, The Bridge combines cosy vaulted interiors and outdoor seating perfect for the summer months. Clapham’s favourite LGBTQ+ wine bar spreads good vibes with quiz, karaoke and drag bingo, while the friendly staff serve an extensive list of wines and cocktails.

Location: 8 Voltaire Rd, SW4 6DH


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