2 days alone in London...

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    Feb 28, 2009 2:02 AM GMT
    UK Guys, I am traveling through London and have 2 days to entertain myself. I have been there a couple times before, but not as a single gay man. Ha! Looking to find some cool places to go and meet some interesting people. More interested in something active or a cool pub, not the club scene or all night dancing. This is not a booty call. icon_biggrin.gif

    Open to any and all advice.
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    Feb 28, 2009 3:10 AM GMT
    As far as gay bars go, for trashy, try The Village. For a mixed crowd try Green Carnation (one of my faves). Profile is good, and if you want lots of eye candy try The Box.
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    Feb 28, 2009 7:42 AM GMT
    wadawg saidUK Guys, I am traveling through London and have 2 days to entertain myself. I have been there a couple times before, but not as a single gay man. Ha! Looking to find some cool places to go and meet some interesting people. More interested in something active or a cool pub, not the club scene or all night dancing. This is not a booty call. icon_biggrin.gif

    Open to any and all advice.


    A few suggestions:

    Gay Friendly Restaurants in London from "visitlondon.com"

    "The gay scene in London is legendary. In fact, it has developed at such a rate that it is now considered the gay capital of Europe. Stroll around any one of London's gay neighbourhoods (Vauxhall, Soho, Islington, Hoxton) and you are bound to discover some restaurant gems. If you need some inspiration however, below are some of the best.

    Balans Café

    A real institution, the Soho branch of Balans has become a hotspot for visitors from around the world. The vibe is relaxed and friendly, the food is well priced but it's the location – bang in the middle of happening Old Compton Street – that really attracts the crowd. Happily, you'll also find branches of Balans in Kensington, in Chiswick, and in Earl's Court.

    First Out Cafe

    A cosy and very popular restaurant in St Giles Street, the First Out Café claims to be the first gay café in the West End. As well as serving delicious vegetarian food, First Out also hosts exhibitions and party nights.

    Bistrotheque

    Slightly off the beaten track in Hackney, the very stylish Bistrotheque is well worth a visit. Inspired by traditional English and French cuisine, the food is superb and immaculately served. When it comes to entertainment, Bistrotheque likes to camp it up with acts that include Spanky is a Gang-Star, Lipsinkers and Baby Dee.

    Coffee, Cake and Kink

    The coffee is fairtrade and freshly roasted, the cakes are homemade and delicious and the kink comes in the form of exotic books, prints, art and cards. The cheery proprietor at Coffee, Cake and Kink says his vision for his café is to "provide people with the sweeter things in life."

    Steph's

    Over the last 17 years, the gorgeous Steph's has received a variety of awards for its food and ambience. Featuring classic British comfort food, diners can expect delicacies like fish and chips served in real newspaper and homemade pie of the day served with mash. The high-kicking line of painted flamingos set the scene in the totally fabulous Steph's.

    Les Trois Garcons

    The interior of the gloriously flamboyant Les Trois Garcons is almost museum worthy. Resplendent with stuffed animals covered in jewels, antiques and chandeliers, this restaurant takes high-camp to extremes. It's a firm favourite with the glitterati who come not just for the décor but also for the very fine food.

    The Providores and Tapa Room

    Run by the superb chef Peter Gordon, The Providores provides Marylebone High Street with its very own foodie heaven. At street level, the Tapa Room offers fantastic casual dining, while upstairs the Providores dining room serves unbelievable food in slightly more formal surroundings.

    Alisan

    Alisan is an exciting restaurant conveniently located for the new Wembley Stadium. It's named after the Alisan Mountain in Taiwan, made famous in an old Mandarin folksong. It specialises in dim sum and Cantonese cuisine and there's a mezzanine cocktail lounge serving yummy snacks and drinks. The decor is bold and contemporary with blues, purples and pinks creating a dramatic ambience."

    Some decent clubs with late licenses:

    79 CXR 79 Charing Cross Road, London W1 020 7734 0769

    BAR AQUDA 13-14 Maiden Lane, Covent Garden London WC2 020 7557 9891

    COMPTONS 53 Old Compton Street, London W1 020 7437 4445

    VILLAGE SOHO 81 Wardour Street , London W1 020 7436 2468

    I also highly recommend -

    RUPERT STREET Rupert Street, London W1 020 7734 5614

    "A suave retreat away from the hustle and bustle of London's hub. If the suited banker boys don't grab your attention, then the beautiful bar tenders serving up colourful cocktails The food at Rupert Street is a treat, too. Rammed most Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, with the chitter-chatter flirting often spilling out onto the street. Open Mon-Sat, noon-11am and Sun, noon-10.30pm" - visitlondon.com

    Have fun, I am currently out of town (on my boat), but let me know when you will be here next time.

    R
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    Feb 28, 2009 10:00 AM GMT
    Wow even I found IT Jock's post extremely informative and I live in London....icon_eek.gif
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    Feb 28, 2009 2:53 PM GMT
    Hey Stephs has closed down so has coffee cake and kink,

    I think its all dependent on what you want to see in London,

    Soho has a far more commercial atmosphere with bars such as:

    G-A-Y and their club

    Profile is another bar which is Ok, would reccomend The Edge on Soho Sq as it is always pretty busy and it has a fairly late license

    Friendly Society is quite a good little place down the alleyway next to Village

    Village I find overly expensive for what they actually offer

    There are loads of bars down Old Compton Street which are good

    Green Carnation is a great bar which is usually fairly busy

    KU: this bar has just been refurbished and is a good little place just by China Town, its usually pretty full

    Rupert St is also a big bar which is usually pretty packed out.

    Club wise Soho:

    Lo-Profile, which has always been fairly empty when I have been in

    Shadow Lounge - Is supposedly for the higher end gay market, is packed on Friday and Saturday, more dance music and is a good for a fun night. but would avoid mid week as its dead.

    G-A-Y Late- Mixed crowd usually rammed most nights, commercial chart music (plus they have just bought Heaven - which I would say is good on a Saturday but thought it was quite empty on a Friday).

    Soho Restaraunts:

    Barrafinia: Good tapas but pricey

    Arbutus: Fine dining, great food lovely atmosphere, can get quite expensive

    Hakkasan: Michellin Starred brilliant food, expensive

    Cafe Boheme, on Old Compton owned by the people that do Soho House (which is above it). Good food, chef has just changed and so this has made all the difference. Very buzzy and fun

    B2B, grill food - good and reasonably priced

    Balans, a Soho institution not too pricey and so don't expect wonders with the food. A great atmosphere although sometimes you might think you're eating in a club.

    Vauxhall: This is a much harder type of atmosphere with the clubs staying open pretty much all weekend, although the best times are after-hours so from 3am onwards. There is usually a lot of muscle on show and a lot of drugs on offer.

    Bar wise you can have a look at Barcode which is usually pretty busy at weekends

    Club wise:

    Fire, is probably the best known centre of debaucherry in Vauxhall and is especially good on Sat night/Sun Morning. They have one room which is completely covered in lcd lights which is pretty intense.

    Colloseum is brilliant for a night called matinee, so check if that is on

    Area, is a good little place just check the night before you go in as it can be pretty hardcore. The same with Union

    The most interesting place is the Royal Vauxhall Tavern which does a mix of pretty insane cabaret and entertainment. If you're in Vauxhall check it out, it may look like a dive (and in many ways it is) but the entertainment is second to none.

    Restaraunts: Haven't eaten anywhere here that floats my boat

    Shoreditch: Was once the stomping ground of artists and fashionista's alike but now the former have faded and there is an odd mix of the fashion crowd with people looking for an alternative type of venue. Lots of statment clothing on show.

    Have a wander in s/ditch its pretty cool and places like Joiners Arms and George and Dragon are worth checking
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    Feb 28, 2009 3:06 PM GMT
    Thanks guys. Thats a lot of great information. Seems like 2 days won't be enough time now. Look forward to talking to some interesting guys.
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    Feb 28, 2009 10:11 PM GMT
    High Tea at Windsor, will suffice nicely thank you very much.icon_biggrin.gif