A vibrant institution in the Dalston scene, this cafe, bar and club gets pretty darn busy with all sorts of movers and shakers finding their way down into the basement. Popular with the LGBT crowd, the biggest draw is the eclectic music on offer with nights including everything from electro, Italo and disco, to 90's R&B and hip hop. Prices are rarely more than a fiver.
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There's no chance you've been prodding around the scene and have never set foot in She Soho. Owned by Ku Bar 'round the corner, She Soho is, thus far, the only lesbian club in London, and for good reason. Its silhouette-covered walls, its snazzy arches and its sexy blue dimmers, the place will manages to feel cosy, classy and sleazy all at once. They also throw karaoke night, drag king shows, quiz competitions, socials for singles and banging house/R&B club nights every month, so every time you walk in, you can't help but get stuck.
Heaven is exactly as God intended: a huge club nestled under Charing Cross' beautiful arches, where gays, queers and good folk can mingle, watch live performances, take part in stripping competitions and sweat it out on the dance floor. The only central London venue with a thousand person capacity, it's known around town for hosting some of the biggest names in music, like Tini Tempah, Lion Babe, Nao, Kano, Kehlani and FKA Twigs. It's also famed on the queer scene for welcoming G-A-Y's biggest club nights, including Gay Porn Idol, an amateur stripping competition, where average people wobble their bits and international cabaret superstars judge them for it. We thought hell would be naughty, but Heaven is pure filth.
If there ever was a basement that feels nothing like a basement, but really is just a basement, it'd be VFD. There are no decorations to speak of, the loos have swinging doors and no locks, the bar is big enough for three skinny bartenders and the dance floor can fit maybe 40 people, tops. It's grimy, it's sweaty, and yet it's so much fun. This alternative basement plays host to some of the quirkiest nights, with everything from die-ins, spiritual rituals, spoken word nights, drag acts, erotic salons and cool pop-electro-camp-tastic club nights like Sassitude, Dirty Diana or Straight Nasty. It's pretty hit and miss at times, but it's so intimate that you can't help but have a good time. Be warned: VFD only opens when it has an event going on, so double check before heading there.
Coming Clean: Life As A Naked House Cleaner
Cumming to a home near you, Ethan Mechare’s play about unconventional sexual desire has been a persistent feature in London’s queer theatre calendar. There’s a lot to love about Coming Clean: it embroils you in a world you might not have encountered before, and it feels voyeuristic because it’s normally set in a random person’s flat. If you’ve ever wondered what life as a naked house cleaner was like - and really, who hasn't - Ethan’s experiences really are the best education you’re likely to get. You know, straight from the horse’s mouth and all that. The show will be in Wood Green on 15th April, a secret location to be confirmed on 22nd April, and Bounds Green on 4th, 5th and 6th May.