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HUDSON’S LETTER
It saddens me somewhat
that this year’s election for
London Mayor has turned
into one of London’s most
bitterly fought political
battles of recent years.
Rarely have I known friends
and colleagues to be quite
so divided in opinion on
the relative merits of the
candidates involved. So
much media coverage has
focused on the personalities
and personal lives of those
involved, that it’s all too
easy to overlook what
they’re actually offering. In
this month’s issue, besides
our interview with Brian
Paddick, we’re bring you a
brief look at the policies of
the main contenders. Make
your voice heard and use
your vote on 1 May.
We’ve got comprehensive
listings for everything
worth catching over the
next few weeks, from gigs
and films to clubs and
bars. We’ve also introduced
some new food listings, as
we know many of you are
enjoying our food reviews.
Enjoy and keep sending us
your feedback.
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BRIAN PADDICK
CONTENTS
PAGE 04
LETTERS
Send your
correspondence to
[email protected]
PAGE 06
MY LONDON
Theatrical legend
Bette Bourne
PAGE 09
DIARY
May’s cultural
highlights in and
around London
PAGE 28
TING TINGS
The best thing to come
out of Salford since…
well, like, ever! Pop’s
hot new electro duo
allow us into their
world
PAGE 30
FILM
Charlie Bartlett,
Timber Falls, Smart
People, Dangerous
Parking and Outpost
reviewed
PAGE 16
SHOPPING
Gay wine and bamboo
underwear!
PAGE 34
THEATRE
Jersey Boys reviewed,
Pam Ann, plus other
latest theatre news
PAGE 16
BRIAN PADDICK
Following the
publication of his
autobiography, The
Line Of Fire, we talk
to the ex-cop turned
London mayoral
candidate
PAGE 36
DINA MARTINA
We chat to one of
America’s top cabaret
acts ahead of a Soho
Theatre residency
PAGE 24
COLUMNIST
Gary Ryan anticipates
another UK disaster at
Eurovision this month
PAGE 26
MUSIC
New albums from
Madonna, Ting Tings,
Sparks and Palladium
PAGE 58
SPACE AT AREA
PAGE 43
OUT THERE
Upcoming scene
highlights for May,
plus coverage of
Fusion, Matinee,
Lo-Profile, Enclave, The
Cock, DTPM and Space
PAGE 84
PROPERTY
Living in Limehouse
and the latest homeownership schemes
PAGE 73
OUTREACH
Gay counselling service PAGE 102
MOTORING
PACE and the services
We test drive the new
that it offers
Nissan Micra C+C
PAGE 104
TRAVEL
Blackpool vs Brighton
and the latest travel
news
PAGE 38
FOOD
The Loft in Clapham
reviewed plus our new
restaurant listings
PAGE 40
COLUMNIST
Knight Hooson is
illuminated on a recent
trip to Blackpool
PAGE 76
OUTNEWS
Gay stories from home
and abroad
PAGE 108
HOROSCOPES
PAGE 44
MATINEE
PAGE 113
HEALTH
Diabetes and weight,
hair restoration, and
coping with HIV
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AIDS TERROR
KEITH HARING
T-SHIRTS
We’re loving the new range
of Keith Haring T-shirts
available exclusively
through Uniqlo. Very 80s,
very iconic, and delightfully
cheap, at just £12.99.
LEONA LEWIS
Credit where credit’s due.
From Hackney receptionist
to a number one US album
and single in less than 18
months. Miss Lewis, we
salute you.
INTERNET TV
Channel 4’s On Demand
and the BBC’s iPlayer have
finally been followed by
the new ITV.com Catch-Up
service. Never will we be
tied to TV schedules again!
WHAT’S HOT AND WHAT’S NOT
THIS MONTH’S RISE AND FALL
DIANA
Ten years down the lines,
many millions of pounds
later, the inquest confirms
that her death was the fault
of the paparazzi and driver.
Time, finally, to move on.
EGYPT
Continues to harass and
imprison its gay men, with
widespread reports of abuse
and violence to extract
‘confessions’. Probably not
likely to be receiving tourist
money from us any time soon.
ANDY ABRAHAM
Sorry – we’re all for flying the
flag, but this is arguably our
dullest Eurovision entry in
many years!
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STAR LETTER
PHOTO © DEBORAH ANDERSON
ON FIRE
MISS THANG
Thank you for the interview with J Alexander [OITC – April
08]. I couldn’t believe it when I spotted the latest issue of
Out in my local gay bar and Miss J was on the cover – I
adore that man and really enjoyed the interview, which
asked all the stuff that I wanted to know (like whether Tyra
has the final word on who is voted off Top Model!). I didn’t
know that he had a young son – what a remarkable and
inspiring individual – and what mad photos! Loved the
ones of him doing his make-up!
A great interview – keep up the good work!
Charlie, Stoke Newington
WIN!
The writer of June’s Star Letter
will win a copy of He Kills
Coppers on DVD. The three-part
series, recently screened to
great acclaim on ITV, was
adapted from the novel of the
same name by Jake Arnott,
and concerns itself with a
two-decade hunt for fictional cop killer Billy
Porter, pursued by policeman Frank Taylor and journalist
Tony Meehan. The production stars Rafe Spall, Kelly Reilly
and Maureen Lipman. The DVD includes a ‘Making Of’
feature and interviews with the cast, and is available now
for £19.99.
Please be sure to include your full name and postal address
with your letter if you want to be in with a chance of
winning. Email [email protected]
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UK tour in 20 years with a
date at the Coliseum. No, not
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swanky opera house in Covent
Garden! Expect renditions
of classics hits from her long
and varied career, which has
taken in everything from
Kander and Ebb’s Cabaret to
the Pet Shop Boys. Tickets
cost £35-£95. Box office
0871 220 0260. www.
officiallizaminnelli.com
30 APR-4 MAY
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The annual Sci-Fi-London film festival returns, taking over
the Apollo West End (19 Regent Street, SW1) for five days
for a wealth of screenings and associated events. Highlight
screenings include the premieres of Dante 1010 and Chemical
Wedding – starring Simon Callow – alongside Russian flicks
Paragraph 78 and Wolfhound. For details and bookings, check
www.sci-fi-london.com
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Grand Designs Live comes to Excel in Docklands, with hundreds
of exhibitors displaying thousands of ideas for making the
most of your home. It’s a must for all fans of contemporary
design or anyone wanting some fresh ideas for decorating and
refurbishment. Tickets cost £10 in advance, or up to £18 on the
door. www.granddesignslive.com
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FRI-SAT 16-17 MAY:
Your favourite, feisty female
band, Girls Aloud perform two
nights at the O2 Arena. www.
girlsaloud.co.uk
TUE-WED 06 & 08 MAY
Having finally finished her long-running show in Las Vegas,
Celine Dion is touring the world. She brings her extravagant
Taking Chances show – and an extensive back catalogue of
hits – to the O2 Arena on 6 and 8 May. www.celinedion.com
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May 1968 saw Paris erupt into rioting, with a near revolution
prompted by students and workers. That same year, the
Hayward Gallery opened, and to commemorate both events,
the gallery will be hosting an exhibition of street posters from
the 1968 Paris uprising. May 68: Street Posters From The Paris
Rebellion runs from 1 May to 1 June.
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Fans of dance won’t want to miss The Ballet Boyz: The
Greates Hits at Sadler’s Wells this month. The company,
formed by Micheal Nunn and William Trevitt, will be staging
a selection of dances from its seven-year history, including
Russell Maliphant’s Broken Fall and Yumba vs Nonino, a
tango choreographed by Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig
Revel-Horwood. Dancers participating include Ed Watson, the
principal dancer with the Royal Ballet. Tickets £10-£35.
www.sadlerswells.com
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The Design Museum hosts
a retrospective exhibition
this summer of the work of
Tim Walker. The Londonbased photographer has
established himself at the
cutting edge of fashion
photography, with his work
often gracing the likes of
Vogue, Harpers Bazaar
and Vanity Fair. His images
capture a sublime moment
in time, evoking a sense of
epic drama and beauty.
This comprehensive show
will offer a glimpse into
Walker’s artistic method,
exploring the design and
planning process that goes
into producing the sometime
elaborate sets and scenery.
The exhibition space itself
will be transformed into a
larger than life photography
studio where a giant-sized
camera and oversized
picture frames will place the
viewer in the world of the
fashion photo-shoot.
Tim Walker – Pictures
at the Design Museum,
Shad Thames, SE1 (entry
£8.50/£6.50 concessions).
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nights. Tickets £27.50-£75. www.theo2.co.uk
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ART ATTACK
Following on from Phaidon’s highly successful
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WINE NOT?
May we introduce you to the world’s first
gay wine? Yes, you read that correctly.
A wine company in Spain has come
up with this rainbow-decorated bottle
of vino for the discerning homosexual
drinker. Producer Bodegas y Viñedos
Robeal has created Mundo Gay
(meaning ‘Gay World’) in honour of the
gay community. Spokesperson Fernando
Martin says, “With gay marriage having
been introduced in Spain and more
liberty in the country, we wanted to take
a step towards opening people’s minds
in the small agricultural area of Ribera
del Duero.” Aaah, bless. At the moment,
Mundo Gay Crianza is available online at
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BRIAN PADDICK – A LIFE
Q Born 24 April 1958 in Balham, London.
Q Attended Bec Grammar School in Tooting Bec
Q Joined the Metropolitan Police Service in 1976, where
he swiftly rose through the ranks. Was a frontline sergeant
during the 1981 Brixton riots.
Q On a police scholarship, gained a degree at Queen’s
College, Oxford, before undertaking further study at the
University Of Warwick.
Q Was married to former wife Mary Stone in 1983, but the
two separated in 1988.
Q Became chief inspector for Brixton in 1993, and
then Superintendent of the Personnel Department at
New Scotland Yard in 1996. In 2000 he became Police
Commander for Lambeth, and then in 2003 Deputy
Assistant Commissioner.
Q In 2001 he caused controversy after implementing a
policy whereby those caught with cannabis were not
automatically arrested but issued with on-the-spot
warnings. The Mail On Sunday ran a false story claiming that
Paddick had used cannabis himself, but it later admitted its
story was wrong, apologised and paid damages.
Q He retired from the police force in May 2007. He currently
lives in Vauxhall with his long-term partner.
Brian Paddick’s
autobiography, The Line
Of Fire, is out now and
available from all good
bookstores and online
stockists.
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MADONNA
Hard Candy (Warners)
Despite shifting a whopping 8million copies worldwide,
the only market that gave Confessions On A Dancefloor
something of a lukewarm reception was the States. Possibly
driven by this, Madonna’s eleventh studio album, Hard
Candy, finds the queen of pop recruiting Timbaland and
Pharrell Williams of the Neptunes to add some urban
beats to her sound. You’ll already know ‘4 Minutes’,
the Timbaland-produced lead single featuring Justin
Timberlake. Whether you like the rest of the album or not
will probably depend on your fondness for that song, as
everything else follows a pretty similar template.
Those who find that Madonna’s collaborations can
sometimes be a little cold and clinical are not likely
to embrace Hard Candy. Some of the songs seem
overwhelmed by the relentless beats and studio trickery,
with the base-line melodies fighting to be making
themselves heard. However, Madonna’s longevity can be
chiefly ascribed to the fact that she has an impeccable ear
for a good tune. She’s not going to release an album of
dross… whatever acclaimed profile her current musical
partners might enjoy. Most of the tracks are irresistibly slick
and effective dancefloor grooves, such as second single
‘Give It To Me’, ‘Beat Goes On’ (featuring Kanye West), and
album centerpiece ‘She’s Not Me’, which finds Madonna
berating a former lover for taking up with a Material Girlwannabe (‘she’s not me, she doesn’t have my name, she’ll
never have what I have, it won’t be the same’).
Over the last few years, Madonna’s has undoubtedly
brought out the best in her chosen musical partners (Stuart
Price, Mirwais, William Orbit). Hard Candy fails to convince
she’s pulled off quite the same feat with Pharrell and
Timbaland, but it has more than enough sweet delights to
maintain her position as the queen of pop. Where she goes
next though is anyone’s guess. DH
Out: 28 April
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Salford-based duo The Ting
Tings have been quietly
building themselves a following since last summer, when
they released punk electro anthem ‘That’s Not My Name’
as a limited 7” single. They were snapped up by Columbia
shortly afterwards, and big-label debut ‘Great DJ’ came out
in March. Although heavily playlisted, the single wasn’t
chart eligible, almost guaranteeing that when ‘That’s Not
My Name’ gets a much-deserved re-release this month it
will crash into the upper echelons of the Top 40. And rightly
so. It’s been a while since we were treated to such a fresh
and seemingly effortless debut. The Tings Tings – Katie
White and Jules De Martino – have taken choice elements
of pop culture – from 60s girl group harmonies to punk
– and fed them through a garage-electro filter. The result
is an album of catchy, shouty, beat-laden, simple pop.
‘That’s Not My Name’ is the sound of the Go-Go’s if they’d
been produced by Richard X. It should be number one. For
a month. ‘Great DJ’ soars similar heights. It doesn’t so much
make you tap your toes as want to jump up and down,
preferably on your bed with a hairbrush for a microphone.
‘Shut Up And Let Me Go’ and ‘Keep Your Head’ maintain
the tempo, with the latter sounding like a Deborah-Harry
fronted Depeche Mode circa 1983.
At the beginning of the year, The Ting Tings came third in
the BBC’s Sound Of 2008 poll, behind Adele and Duffy. On
the strength of We Started Nothing, they were robbed of a
higher position. AG
Out: 19 May
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SPARKS
Exotic Creatures
Of The Deep (Lil’
Beethoven Records)
PALLADIUM
The Way It’s Not
(Virgin)
Sparks have come a long
way since they first terrified British kids performing ‘This
Town Ain’t Big Enough For The Both Of Us’, on Top of the
Pops in 1973. Aside from being surely the only duo to
successfully pull off the ‘Hitler on a date with Brian May’s
sister’ look, the Californian brothers Mael provided the
‘inanimate keyboardist (Ron) + flamboyant singer (Russell)’
blueprint for the likes of the Pet Shop Boys and Erasure. Set
the Tardis to 2008 and their creativity remains undimmed.
Exotic Creatures Of The Deep finds them as innovative as
ever, making origami shapes out of the rock rulebook. Lead
single, ‘Good Morning’, is a witty track about waking up
after a one-night stand (‘I hope it’s just your laugh that
is infectious’), while the T Rex stomp electro of ‘I Can’t
Believe That You Would Fall For All The Crap In This Song’
aims its verbal-darts at lyrical clichés. Best of all is ‘Lighten
Up, Morrissey’, an homage to Archbishop Tofu himself.
Sounding like Gary Glitter performing the theme tune to
‘90s children’s TV series Round The Twist, it’s packed with
lyrical gems about a boy who finds his girlfriend comparing
him unfavourably to the be-quiffed deity (‘She won’t dine
out with me because my T-bone steak is at fault/She won’t
dine out with a murderer passing salt’).
Songs falter when the hooks fail to keep pace with the
clever-clever observations, but overall, Exotic… is an
assured strut of an album that, while not measuring up to
the classics, makes a confident case for Sparks still being
around. GR
Palladium are camp,
sublimely silly and
approximately a million times more fun than the Pigeon
Detectives. At their first ever gig last September, keyboardist
Rufio Sandilands dressed as Peter Pan, while the group’s
day-to-day image seems to be the result of nicking Steve
Strange’s Oxfam bag.
Previously, if a friend asked you to “burn a copy of The
Police’s Greatest Hits”, they would hand you a can of
kerosene and a match, but in this age of Guilty Pleasures
– where no band name is too profane to utter in polite
company – the quartet take their cues from the likes of Toto,
Yes and Steely Dan. They’re akin to a boy band version of The
Feeling. A kind of Fleetwood McFly.
However, lurking beneath the chintz are prodigiously wellcrafted pop songs. Rather than an exercise in pastiche, their
debut album is filled with guitar-pomp as good as their
influences, fusing the textual richness and masturbatory
guitar solos with fizzy hooks and soaring ringtone-friendly
choruses. The slick’n’spunky ‘High Five’ and ‘Get It Right’ are
desperately searching for a Brat Pack movie to soundtrack,
and are both guaranteed to affix a cheesy grin on your
face. ‘Midnight Service’ is a nuclear-explosion of slap-bass
assisted funk, while the epic ‘Miracles’ is primed to elicit
held-aloft mobile phones in stadiums.
It’s prog-rock for Generation Skins, likely to infuriate as
many listeners as it infatuates. But with great tunes, tight
musicianship and even tighter satin trousers, what’s not to
love? GR
Out: 19 May
Out: 12 May
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Loosely based on a true story,
Tom Hanks (alongside Julia
Roberts) stars as congressman
Charlie Wilson, who, back
in the 80s, provided covert
assistance to Afghanistan
rebels in their war against the
invading Soviet forces… not
realising that such assistance
would have long-reaching consequences. Don’t be put off
by the subject matter – this is an accessible and interesting
insight into a overlooked but decisive chapter of American
foreign policy.
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Gina Gershon, Lisa Kudrow
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ten messages left for her by
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her late husband to help her
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darkly gothic adaptation of
the award-winning Stephen
Sondheim show from
director Tim Burton (‘Edward
Scissorhands’). Plenty of
showtunes… and surprisingly,
enough blood to warrant an 18-rating! Helping to bring
the seedy underbelly of Victorian London to life in this
grisly romp are Brit stalwarts Helena Bonham Carter, Alan
Rickman and Sacha Baron Cohen.
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The tale of a middle-aged
brother and sister who are
forced to deal with their father’s
deteriorating health and
dementia may not sound like
the most entertaining or fun
way to spend a couple of hours,
but The Savages is something
of a gem, with stand-out
performances from the always-brilliant Philip Seymour
Hoffman and Laura Linney as the frustrated but ultimately
united siblings.
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Jersey Boys is running now at the Prince Edward Theatre, Old
Compton Street, Soho, W1. Booking 0844-482 5158.
www.delfontmackintosh.co.uk
Back in the late 1950s, Rock Hudson was the biggest
screen idol in Hollywood, yet his career was constantly
threatened by possible exposes in Confidential magazine. The
only man who stood between Hudson and scandal-based
obscurity was his unscrupulous agent, Henry Willson, who
would do anything to protect his biggest client.
A new play by Tim Fountain, Rock tells the story of Wilson,
as played by theatrical legend Bette Bourne [see ‘My London’
on pages 6-7 of this issue]. It’s the first time Bourne and
Fountain have collaborated since their acclaimed show
about Quentin Crisp, Resident Alien. Rock comes to the Oval
House in Kennington from 27 May to 21 June, with a special
Red Carpet event on Friday 30 May in which Bourne will be
inducted into the House Of Homosexual Culture Hall Of Fame.
Tickets £12 (£6 concessions). www.ovalhouse.com
TERROR TIRADE
Pam Ann is back, and this
times she’s bringing ‘Terror
At 41,000 Feet!’. Everyone’s
favourite airhostess and
glamour puss, Pam’s new show
is currently touring the UK, with
its closest-to-London dates
taking place in May. Catch her at the Orchard Theatre
(01322-220 000) in Dartford on 14 May, the Fairfield Hall
(020-8688 9291) in Croydon on 15 May, and the Beck
Theatre (020 8561 8371) in Hayes on the 20-21 May.
Expect an evening of caustic wit, big hair and outrageous
aviation anecdotes.
For more details and bookings, check www.pamann.com/
THREESOME
The Warehouse Theatre
in Croydon will this month be
presenting the world premiere
of Clocked, a new play that
tells the tale of three men
whose lives and relationships
affect and inflict one another
in the most deadly of ways. ‘Quinn, a painter, works out of
a studio in his modest townhouse which he shares with
Moore who has a mysterious job that requires him to work
all hours. Late one evening, Moore’s life is interrupted with
the appearance of a man in the house who tells him that’s his
name is Ray, that he met Quinn on the balcony and he is now
his assistant… Is it true? And hadn’t Moore met him before
in strange circumstances?’
A thriller that explores the themes of relationships, secrets
and sexual identity, Clocked has been written by acclaimed
Irish writer Neil Flynn.
It runs from 2-25 May, and for more details see www.
warehousetheatre.co.uk or call 020-8680 4060.
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IWAN WATSON REVIEWS THE LOFT
67 Clapham High Street, SW4.
020-7627 0792 www.theloft-clapham.co.uk
When you think of Clapham, you think Kazbar, Two Brewers, kebab and then home - right?
Who would have thought that sprawled above the high street monster that is Tesco Metro
would be a place straight out of Sex & The City?
Welcome to The Loft, Clapham High Street’s latest offering. A bar/lounge/restaurant, its
contemporary mix of comfy vintage leather and industrial concrete has a dark and seductive
atmosphere, with a funky soundtrack adding a slightly clubby feel. It’s Tuesday night yet the
place is buzzing. We were thirsty climbing the stairs (OK, there were only two flights but it
had taken us a while to find the discreet entrance) so we headed straight for the impressive
and imaginative cocktail list at the seemingly mile-long concrete bar. The cocktails are
grouped into categories such as ‘crowd pleasers’, ‘infusions’ and ‘concoctions’, with pictures
showing you what size glass they come in to avoid any disappointment when your Long Island isn’t very… er, long.
The food menu offers a choice of ‘familiar but with a twist’ dishes made from seasonal British produce, and includes bar
snacks and brunches if you feel like slobbing out on one of the sofas. To start, we went for handmade ravioli stuffed with
rabbit and porcini (£5.00) and a daily special; crab salad. The ravioli was delicious, with the most tender rabbit combined
with caramelised onion, whilst the crab salad suitably fresh and delicate.
Considering the ultra-sleek surroundings, we were pleasantly surprised by the hearty mains on offer. I decided on the
Gloucester Old Spot pork belly (£13), which was twice roasted and served with spiked mash and red cabbage. You can have
it either ‘thin and crispy’ or ‘fat and juicy’, and I went for the latter. It was enormous, deliciously mouthwatering and topped
with perfected crackling. I struggled to finish it. If you’re after healthier fayre, my companion went for grilled, line-caught
sea bass fillet, with broccoli, anchovies and chilli (£13.50). It was simple, fresh and light, but packed with flavour.
Make sure you leave enough room for a pudding. The rich and heavenly chocolate pot came served with a caiprinha granita
(£5), which we both agreed had the edge over my partner’s pear, almond and honey tart (£5).
As our meal ended – as if on cue – the lighting dipped and the beats got louder, suggesting that whether it’s for a feast or
just a few drinks, this place could be the perfect start or end to a night out in Clapham. And if you do end your night there,
there’s always the option of the lift to get you back down the stairs.
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area (top)
and stylish cocktail
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EATING OUT
GAY-FRIENDLY
FOOD SUGGESTIONS
CENTRAL
Amato, 14 Old Compton Street,
Soho, W1. 020-7734 5733.
Busy café and patisserie - very
popular with gay Soho. www.
amato.co.uk
Balans, 60 Old Compton Street,
W1. 020-7439 2183. The nearest
Soho has to a gay restaurant.
Traditional British dishes with
Meditteranean and Asian
flourishes. See also the nearby
Balans Café at 34 Old Compton
Street. www.balans.co.uk
Bodeans, 10 Poland Street,
W1. 020-7287 0506. Cheap and
cheerful barbecue restaurant,
with counter service upstairs
and restaurant down below.
Branches also in Clapham,
Fulham and Westbourne Grove.
www.bodeansbbq.com
Boulevard Bar & Dining
Room, 57-59 Old Compton
Street, W1. 020-7287 0770.
American-brasserie style
restaurant, offering a ‘modern
British menu with an Italian
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influence’ in heart of gay Soho.
www.boulevardbrasserie.co.uk
First Out, 52 St Giles High
Street, WC2. 020-7240 8042.
Long-running, gay-run café
and bar, serving homemade
vegetarian dishes, coffee and
cakes. www.firstoutcafebar.com
Ping Pong, 45 Great
Malborough Street, Soho,
W1. Our favourite place for
dim sum. Modern, stylish,
with a great selection of
cheap dishes – check www.
pingpongdimsum.com
Ristorante Biagio, 189
Piccadilly, W1. 020-7434-1921.
Great, authentic Italian food
in contemporary and smart
surroundings, spread over four
floors. www.ristorantebiagio.co.uk
Steph’s, 39 Dean Street, Soho,
W1. 02-07734 5976. Longrunning, gay-friendly restaurant
in Soho, presided over by hostess
Steph and offering classic British
comfort dishes.
Wagamama, 10a Lexington
Street, Soho, W1. 020-7292
0990. Our favourite branch
of the noodle chain, offering
cheap, healthy Japanese delights
– great gyoza and… well,
noodles! Approx. £16 per head.
www.wagamama.com
Royal Teas, 76 Royal Hill,
Greenwich, SE10. 020-8691
7240. Delightfully charming café
offering tea, scones, cakes and
other delights for an eclectic
crowd. Brit camp fabulousness.
www.royalteascafe.co.uk
NORTH
Gilgamesh, Camden View,
Camden Stables Market, Chalk
Farm Road, NW1. Huge, ornate
and lavish pan-Asian restaurant
with one of London’s most
stunning interiors. Worth a
visit for the décor. Cheaper at
lunchtime than evenings. www.
gilgameshbar.com
The ornate interior at Shoreditch’s Les Trois Garcons
EAST
British/French menu. www.
loungelover.co.uk
Bistrotheque, 23-27 Wadeson
Street, Bethnal Green, E2.
Modern, contemporary classy
restaurant with basement bar
and cabaret room. Modern
British cuisine and French bistro
dishes – approx. £35 per head.
www.bistrotheque.com
The Easton, 22 Easton Street,
WC1. 020-7278 7609. Cool
gastropub just off Exmouth
Market. Sunday lunch is packed
with Clerkenwell-istas. www.
theeaston.co.uk
Little Bay, 228 Belsize Road,
NW6. Wonderfully down-toearth and charming restaurant
serving Modern European
cuisine at very reasonable prices.
Excellent value for money.
Kenza, 10a Devonshire Square,
EC2. 020-7929 5533. Delightful
and sumptuous subterranean
Middle Eastern restaurant, a
stone’s throw from Liverpool
Street station. Approx. £35 per
head. www.kenza-restaurant.
co.uk
Bonnington Café, 11 Vauxhall
Grove, SW8. Cheap, cheerful
and very gay-friendly cooperatively run vegetarian café
in Bonnington Square. Pig out
on three courses for £10! http://
s208303316.websitehome.co.uk
Pick More Daisies, 12 Crouch
End Hill, N8. Californian café bar
- great for a weekend brunch
or Sunday lunch – attracting
trendy-ish North London crowd.
www.pickmoredaisies.com
Les Trois Garcons, 1 Club Row,
Whitechapel, E1. 020-7613
1924. A former Victorian boozer,
stuffed with baroque decor
and antiques, creating a camp,
culinary haven near Old Street.
The Riverside, 5 Hamilton
House, 5 St George Wharf,
Vauxhall, SW8. Great pub food
in upmarket, riverside gastropub
that boasts terrific views of the
Thames.
La Porchetta, 141-142 Upper
Street, N1. 020-7288 2488.
Great value pizza and pasta
restaurant, with possibly some
of the biggest pizzas in London!
Approx. £17 per head.
SOUTH
The Stonhouse, 165
Stonhouse Street, SW4. Lovely
Clapham gastropub with great
steaks, burgers, salads and
sandwiches. Approx. £22 a head.
www.renaissancepubs.co.uk/SH
WEST
Balans Knightsbridge, 239
Old Brompton Road, SW5. 0207244 8838. Very gay-friendly
Earls Court restaurant, offering
British and Mediterranean
dishes. www.balans.co.uk
The Fat Badger, 310
Portobello Road, W10. Upmarket
and classy gastropub, serving
fine British cuisine. Good Sunday
roast. www.thefatbadger.com
S&M Café Portobello, 268
Portobello Road, W10. 020-8968
8898. The sausage and mash
café (hence S&M!). Great British
grub in kitsch café surroundings.
www.sandmcafe.co.uk
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FUSION
Proving a force to be
reckoned with, the
bank holiday superclub
took things to a whole
new level in April
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CLUB COUTURE
Lo-Profile cemented
its reputation as one of
W1's most fashionable
venues with the launch
of its latest night
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The Sunday favourite
invited Boy George to
help celebrate its 13th
birthday last month
The Iberian stalwart has very much made the Clerkenwell superclub its London home. The crew are thrilled with how their
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After flying around the Vauxhall
venues last year, the Spanish
Matinee Group has finally
settled in to their new London
home and regular monthly
slot at Clerkenwell’s Fabric
very nicely indeed. We popped
along over the last bank holiday
for the 12-hour marathon that
was their La Leche White party
and were absolutely blown away
by the whole experience. The
2,500-capacity crowd were of the
drop dead gorgeous variety that
seem to crawl out of the woodwork for
circuit parties, but like will-o’-the-wisps
if you try and grab one they just slide
through your fingers and are gone …
and believe me, we tried!
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Music came courtesy of Matinee superstars Rafa
Ariza and Jose Louis as well as some of the best
London has to offer… Guy Williams, Oliver M,
Pagano, Eduardo de la Torre and many more,
and consisted of floor filling, arms-in-the-air
anthems and the best uplifting and funky
sounds. A PA from Katherine Ellis took clubbers
to the edge of the precipice and kept us
teetering on the summit of the rollercoaster
ride that seemed to last right through the
night and way past sunrise.
Matinee returns on 4th May with
'Papparazzi', so buff up your glitz and
glamour and prepare to walk the runway!
Matinee, monthly at Fabric, 77a Charterhouse
Street, EC1. Matineegroup.com
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Arranged by the same team behind XXL, and
arriving on the scene for the first time in
2007, the bank holiday Fusion parties have been
growing in size and stature since their debut. That
said, when we arrived at the most recent bash,
which took place on Easter Sunday, even we were
unprepared for just how busy the event would
prove. Rumours had been circulating for days that
all the advance tickets had sold out, so we knew it
was going to be popular, but it turned out to be the
busiest party we’ve ever been to at the Arches!
Inside, the atmosphere was truly electric. The night
attracted a real cross-section of customers, with
many XXL regulars joined by a wider selection of
dance aficionados, girls, muscle boys and twinks.
The first arch was transformed with swathes of white
material and ceiling decorations, while the third arch
was themed as part-boudoir, part-Arabian Nights. All
the bars were rammed, but the real melting pot was
the main dancefloor in arch two, which was heaving
from start to finish with a stripped-down, sweaty
crowd. Christian M kicked the night off, spinning
and looping tracks on no less then three turntables
at once. He was followed by the night’s star guests,
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the Freemasons (pictured above with promoter
Mark Ames), who took to the DJ box at 1.30am
and kept the dancefloor flying for the next
couple of hours. Their remix of their self-penned
Kylie track, ‘The One’, went down a particular
storm. They were followed by Daz Bailey, who
maintained the action with a storming set of
electro anthems.
The venue struggled to cope with the sheer
volume of customers at some points in the
evening, and promoter Mark Ames would like
to thank everyone for their patience when
dealing with the queues that arose at the bars
and coat-check. He’s already sitting down
with his team to plan how to make the next
event go without any hitches whatsoever.
Talking of which, put the Bank Holiday Sunday
on the 25th May in your diaries now, as that’s
the date that the next Fusion takes place – and
there’s every reason to assume it will be just as
busy as the last one!
Fusion , The Arches, 51-53 Southwark Street, SE1.
www.sundayfusion.com
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I believe and hope that it will be
bigger and better this year. Qualitywise, it’s in a different league. On
the Friday (23 May) we have two
big events going on in two different
cities. In London, we are looking
after the Leather Bikers Bears at
Xtreme whilst in Birmingham
we are putting Bear Pride and
Birmingham Pride together and
creating a full-on, fur-frenzy orgy
of fun! The Saturday night party is
going to be a night unlike any other
I have ever done and I have secured
some very special surprises in order
to make this XXL’s biggest party to
date. There are some special acts
lined up on the night that I am not
advertising, but they will be the
icing on the cake… and we have
one big cake!
As for the Fusion (25 May), it’s
already London’s most talked about
party, with the best DJs and a very
different vibe. The whole weekend
is one of the few Pride events that’s
still making money for charities, is
not running at a loss, and is aiming
to expand without selling out.
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Yes, well, why be a member if there
are no benefits? That’s the main
reason I want the members to be
there and to experience a hasslefree weekend.
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Fusion’s always been about
pushing limits. The last one was no
exception, and it did in every way!
I don’t know many people who
were there who wouldn’t return.
Yes, things got hectic and people
had to queue, but every one got
in apart from a few hundred who
would not wait for others to leave
as it was a one-out-one-in policy
towards the latter part of the night.
While we had large queues in the
front bar, there was only a small
wait in the back bar; the third arch
was fairly cool and chilled all night
too. We had a few spanners in the
works
on the
night, like
a number
of staff not
turning up,
but shit happens.
Both Bear Pride
and Fusion will have a
marquee outside to hold a new
cloakroom and chill-out space, and
I’m spending some crazy six-figure
sum on new toilets that will more
then double our rest rooms. There’s
a new security team to manage
the event, and two extra bars for
the night. I think everyone will be
impressed.
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Well, I can’t speak for the whole
of the bear scene, but XXL is still
pretty attitude-free. There are only
really two attitudes at XXL – fun
and friendly. And maybe mine. In
the words of Prince, “maybe I’m
too like my mother, she’s never
satisfied!” I want the club to be
perfect, and if I see one thing
wrong I get very stressed. But
attitudes are something I try hard
to keep out, and so far it’s worked.
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We change who gets the money
every
year,
to spread
the finances
around. This year,
we chose the British
Heart Foundation and
Prostrate Cancer Research.
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I always strive to make both the
club and XXL better, and as I’ve
said, the toilets are all being ripped
out and a new toilet area installed,
along with a new cloakroom and
air-conditioning too. XXL evolves
and continues to hold its place
as the world’s premier bear club.
We’ve got a 4,000-capacity party
in New York coming up, parties in
Spain and Germany, as well
as some new openings
in the UK – watch
this space!
Bear Pride takes
place 23-25 May
2008. All London
parties take place at
The Arches, 51-53
Southwark Street, SE1.
There are 500 Triple
Whammy Advanced
tickets available that
allow entry to Friday
night’s Xtreme or
XXL Birmingham,
Saturday nights XXL
Bear Pride party, and
Sunday night’s Fusion.
These are priced £15
for members or £23 for
non-members (available
from XXL London, Clone
Zone Soho, RoB London
and online at www.
xxl-london.com). The
Fusion party will feature
an exclusive DJ set from
Stonebridge (‘Put ‘Em
High’).
Both the XXL Bear Pride
party and Fusion will run
from 10pm til 6am.
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Stonebridge is from the same
stable, so it was a case of sidewards
really. He is similar, yet different. It’s
about offering people something
that’s different and but worth
attending. Music is always moving
and changing, but I think the
UK-London gay scene is going
backwards musically. As a club
promoter, I have to give people
what they want, but as a clubber, I
want Fusion to take the gay scene
back to where it was when I first
started clubbing. We had the best
clubs and were way ahead of the
straight scene.
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The first X:Periment was organised by friends Arjen
Opbroek and Johnny Kalifornia, for their friends, in
September last year at Brixton’s Southside Bar and
was publicised just by word of mouth and social networking
sites such as Facebook. It worked brilliantly and had the vibe
of a great house party. The duo have now got themselves an
Oyster card and have moved to the West End for a Saturday
night slot at the spankingly new Enclave on Brewer
Street… far more handy for most of us than Brixton!
Enclave is a freshly designed contemporary bar (ground
floor) and club (basement) with an extensive drinks and
cocktail list, cute bar staff and gorgeously comfortable
seating, and thus offers the intimate and polysocial
ambience for which X:P is already building itself a name
– the perfect setting to introduce your straight and gay
friends to, and great to get into the groove before moving
the party on to elsewhere afterwards. Downstairs, the super
frisky dance floor – with its buzzing little lights – plays
host to resident DJs on rotation including Tom Burns and
Simon Wallis, whose uplifting, vocal, soulful tunes set the
theme. Guest DJ Helene Di Firenzi from Amsterdam played
a jazzed-up funky house set that had us bumpin’ through
the roof! If Soho were a house party then X:Periment at
Enclave would be the kitchen… the place where everyone
gravitates to and where it all happens. This is one successful
experiment that should be patented pretty damn quick.
Enclave, 25-27 Brewer Street, W1.
www.enclavesoho.com
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Although only open a few months, Gaydar’s new baby
Lo Profile is definitely through the crawling stage and
is now up and running at full speed. Under the guidance
of a new promoter in the shape of scene guru Matt Joshua, new
nights have sprouted up. Hosted by Vanity (winner of Project
Catwalk 2007), Thursdays is now the fashionably accessorised
Club Couture. It launched last month with the end-of-season
party for Project Catwalk 2008 and winner Jasper Garvida
(pictured right with Vanity). The glamour started from the
moment we arrived at the venue and were greeted by models
Johanna Sweeny and Jason Alburey on the door.
Despite its subterranean aspect, the club is a visual delight of
star-studded ceilings and walls, leather banquettes, booths
and balconies. Music comes from a raft of DJs on rotation
including Tasty Tim, Miss White, Tom McMillan and
many more. The crowd were made up of London’s most
colourful, flamboyant and creative types, from Hoxton
homos to West End Wendys, and included a few famous
faces, including Graham Norton, Big Brother’s Gerry
Stergiopoulos and Lewis Bradley (3rd place in the BBC’s
Any Dream Will Do). With a different theme every week
– whether an homage to 50’s glamour or East End nu-rave
– Club Couture is sure to leave you with stardust in your eyes.
Club Couture, every Thursday at Lo-Profile, 84-86
Wardour Street, W1. www.gaydarprofile.com
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When promoter Lee
Freeman said, “It’s
all back to mine for
a party”, he wasn’t
inviting us to a bedsit
in Kings Cross, but to
The End in W1, spiritual
home of DTPM. The
occasion was the club’s
birthday, and it celebrated
with a bit of the old and lots
of the new.
Conceived more years
ago than anyone cares to
remember, DTPM rolled
out a fantabulous line-up
of resident and guest DJs.
These included Guy Williams
and Steve Thomas in the
main room bashing out
funky and dirty uplifting
house, while Ben Jamin and
The Di Angelis mashed it up
in the Lounge. Cabaret (yes,
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there really was cabaret at
DT!) came courtesy of those
hirsute hunks Bearlesque,
who went down an absolute
storm, before superstar Boy
George took a turn on
the tables and brought the
whole room to a grinding
halt as everyone turned
their camera phones on
him. Eventually he shoo-ed
them away and the dancing
continued as he pulled
an eclectic set from his
box that got possibly the
most mixed and mixed-up
crowd we have ever seen
in a single venue bumping
and grinding in harmony.
Undoubtedly one the best
parties of the year so far, we
truly hope this is the shape
of things to come for DTPM.
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Any doubts as to how popular the
newly revamped Area was proving
with London’s clubbing fraternity
were comprehensively answered
at the venue’s recent party in
conjunction with Ibiza club legend
Space. With maestro Paul Heron on
the decks, our senses were assailed by
the sights and sounds of the white isle,
right in the heart of Vauxhall. It was
arms-in-the-air uplifting house all the
way as a bobbing Heron handed over to
super sexy Spaniard Juanjo Martin for
something a little harder with a splash
of electro that, when combined with
the runway-style ceiling lights chasing
down the length of the main room, took
the packed floor on an epic journey that
would have rivalled Jules Verne. At the
opposite end of the hanger, the stage
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played host to a plethora of dance acts
and entertainment through the night
as breakdancers popped and spun,
burlesque dancers twisted and twirled
and go-go’s flexed and posed in a visual
treat that had us red-blooded homos
frothing at the mouth!
This was the Area of old and the Area we
love – shirtless hot guys packed on to
a dance floor, euphoric soundtrack and
sweet, sweet eye candy… it might have
been hailing outside, but for six hours
in an arch in Vauxhall, it was a scorching
summer’s night.
Space will be returning to Area on
Saturday 3 May. Find Area at 67-68
Albert Embankment, SE1.
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Who would have guessed that when it first launched
six years ago that The Cock would become such a
Friday night scene stalwart? The night has a small, but
dedicated following, who ensure that Friday nights down at the
Ghetto in Falconberg Court are always a busy and buzzing affair.
Predominantly presided over by DJs Tasty Tim and Princess Julia
(pictured bottom left) and their non-stop of mix of addictively
catchy electro-pop stormers, the Cock team occasionally come
up with a live PA for their faithful followers. Their early Scissor
Sisters PA is still legendary, and the April appearance from
New York’s highly-tipped electro-rock outfit Heloise
And The Savoir Faire is equally sure to linger in
clubland’s consciousness. We knew it was going to be a
good night upon arrival as the place was heaving, with
plenty of regulars putting a little bit of extra effort into
their attire in honour of their New York guests.
Ghetto is not the biggest subterranean nightspot, so
arguably not best suited to live gigs (there’s no stage!),
but the foppish band of disco reprobates (signed to Elijah
Wood’s Simian Records) took to the floor and launched into
their PA with unbridled gusto, unleashing three tracks from
their upcoming album Trash, Rats And Microphones upon the
packed club. Music over, the beeps and blips kicked in
again and the dancing re-commenced… this is one
Cock that stays hard until the very early hours!
The Cock, every Friday from 10.30pm till 3am
at Ghetto, 5/6 Falconberg Court, W1.
www.ghetto-london.co.uk
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Due to popular demand
the Popstarz crew are
now taking over the
whole of Sin in order to
ensure those hordes of
indie clubbers are able
to get gain entry. The
increase in size will see
the addition of an extra
pop and rave room, two
extra bars and more
cloakroom facilities.
Make sure you pick up
the queue-jump passes
from Trash Palace
on Wardour Street
beforehand. Popular with
indie-kids, gay grrls and
pop princesses.
Popstarz is at Sin,
Charing Cross Road,
WC2, ever Friday
from 10pm till 4am.
Free with a web flyer
from www.popstarz.
org before 11pm,
NUS/Flyer £5 before
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more hirsute amongst us
with the XXL boys hosting
an extreme leather
weekend on 2-3 May
plus XXL Bear Pride from
23-25 May, where you
can expect a bear-packed
weekend of big-bellied
beefy partying. XXL is at
London Bridge Arches,
53 Southwark Street,
SE1, from 10pm till 6am
Saturdays and 10pm till
3am on Wednesdays. XXL
Extreme runs every Friday.
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HIGHLIGHTS
XTREME FRIDAYS
If our travel feature this month [pages 104-106] has
tempted you to head off to the south coast, may we recommend
you go on Bank Holiday Sunday 4 May. That’s the night that Wild Fruit will be throwing
another Bank Holiday bender down at the huge Tru club in Brighton. The theme for this
bash will be ‘Sleaze’, so expect an extra saucy and fruity party, with a floor show from
Goloka, guest DJ Steve Pitron, plus a PA from former Sugababe, Mutya Buena! Doors
will be open from 10pm till 3am, with admission £12 (£8 for members with a flyer before
10.30pm, £10 with a queue-jump ticket).
The action doesn’t stop there though. With two bank holidays in May, the Wild Fruit crew
do it all over again on Sunday 25 May with a party themed ‘Queens From Outer Space’.
Special guests The Freemasons will be joining the Wild Fruit residents for a party that’s
guaranteed to be out of this world!
Tru is West Street, Brighton, and for more details or to purchase advance tickets, check
www.aeonevents.co.uk
Finally, if you are down Brighton way, don’t forget to check out Wild Fruit’s sister night
Sunday Sundae. The summer social reopens for 2008 on Sunday 27 April, and will run
weekly thereafter until the autumn. Doors are open from 6 till 11pm at The Terraces, Marine
Parade. Admission is £3 before 7pm, £4 before 8pm and then £5 after. www.aeonevents.
BOOTIE SHAKER
Ben Jamin’s Dirty Fairy gang are returning in May for a big-one off party to be held in
conjunction with San Francisco’s Bootie club. The Bootie team (DJ duo A plus D - pictured
above) will be over in London and the two crews will be uniting in the main room at
Discotec on Thursday 8 May. Bootie has won awards for its particular brand of mental
mash-up clubbing over in the States, and this will be the first time that it’s been let loose in
a London club.
“I’m really excited to get Bootie over here,” Ben Jamin told Out. “I’ve headlined for them over
in San Francisco and the club is huge with a brilliant mix of people and tunes, all 100%
mash up! It’s great that we have the chance to throw a party with Dirty Fairy Vs Bootie
as we have similar party values. We love our mash-up big time, and Bootie are actually
responsible for 50% of the best mash-up coming out of the States.”
For more details on Bootie, check out www.BootieSF.com and www.aplusd.net.
Discotec runs every Thursday night at The End, 18 West Central Street, W1. Doors
are open 11pm till 4am and admission is £5.
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WORK
Promoter Patrick Lilley’s
new night Work! has
made an immediate
impact on the midweek
scene. Taking over the
legendary Heaven in
Charing Cross, Patrick and
his crew take over four
of the rooms, offering
a giddy mix of dance
delights. The excellent
Freddie Thomas presides
over the main floor,
supported by Kris Di
Angelis and Manny Patel
Jnr. The 80s/Electro room
in the Dakota Bar features
Dennis Da Silva and a
rotating line-up of scene
guests, while the likes
of Jim Stanton, Stewart
Who? and MC Angel take
turns throughout the
month in the Departure Lounge. Finally, we popped along recently and found that the most
popular room was the HipHop/R&B/Dancehall session in the Star Bar, which featured Jeffrey
Hinton, DJ Philly, T Rex and Big Jon cooking up the sounds for the mixed boy-girl crowd of
urban lovers. All this plus performances every week on the main stage.
Work! runs every Wednesday from 11pm till late at Heaven, Under The Arches, Villiers
Street, WC2. www.heaven-london.com
NAG
CLOSURE
We hear at Out were
saddened to hear that
the final Nag Nag Nag
is fast approaching. The
groundbreaking and
influential night first
launched six years ago at
the Ghetto in Soho. It
immediately became a hit
with hipsters, fashion kids
and the most cutting-edge
celebrities, offering the
best in electro grooves and
underground disco from
DJs Jonny Slut, Fil OK (both
pictured on the left) and
JoJo. It’s provided a live
showcase from some of the
most innovative acts from the
electro scene (and sometimes
just the downright weird),
and provided London with some of the most memorable parties of recent years.
“After six years it felt like the right time for myself, JoJo and Fil to draw closure on Nag
Nag Nag,” Jonny told Out, “Before we got sick to death of it and/or each other! I think our
job’s done. We’ll all be carrying on DJ’ing in our own right. Fil and myself are continuing
producing music as Atomizer, and JoJo is also producing her own tracks. I’m off to
Goldsmiths in September too!”
The final Nag Nag Nag party will take place on Wednesday 28 May, and the team
will be going out with their very own ‘Disco Bloodbath’. ‘Come see Jonny Slut hung, drawn
and quartered, JoJo De Freq buried alive and Fil Ok electrocuted!’. Expect a greatest hits set
from the trio, plus some surprise special guests on the night. Doors will be open 10.30pm
till 3am, with admission £3 before 11.30pm with a flyer, £5 without.
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Rising British pop-rock-soul star David
Jordan (pictured) will be making a guest
appearance at G-A-Y on Saturday 3 May,
performing such hits as ‘Sun Goes Down’,
‘Place In My Heart’ and new single ‘Move
On’ – all tracks taken from his acclaimed
Trevor Horn-produced debut album Set
The Mood.
At the time of going to press, host Jeremy
Joseph was still confirming acts for 10
and 17 May, but he could confirm that
appearing on the 24 May would be dance
stars Cascada (‘Everytime We Touch’)
and special guest Samantha Mumba
(‘Always Come Back To Your Love’). G-A-Y is one of London’s
biggest Saturday night excursions, packing in 2,000 punters
each week at the huge Astoria on Charing Cross Road,
with sister nights on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays – all
spinning commercial, poptastic sounds.
For full details, check www.g-a-y.co.uk
VENUES:
CENTRAL LONDON
floors, with club-style basement.
Comedy Camp stand-up night each
Tuesday.
79 CXR, 79 Charing Cross Road,
WC2. 020 7734 0769. Leicester
Square tube. Mon-Sat 1pm-3am,
Sun 1pm-10.30pm. Cover charge
after 11pm. Large, cruisy, late-night
bar.
THE BOX, 32-34 Monmouth
Street, Seven Dials, WC2. 020 7240
5828. Leicester Square tube. 11am11pm. Stylish and award-winning
gay café bar popular with scene and
muscle queens.
ADMIRAL DUNCAN, 54 Old
Compton Street, W1. 020 7437
5300. Leicester Square tube.
Friendly, traditional gay pub.
ASTORIA, 157 Charing Cross
Road, WC2. 020-7734 6963.
Tottenham Courtg Road tube.
Huge, former theatre, with 2,000
capacity. Now home to G-A-Y club
nights. www.g-a-y.co.uk
BARCODE, 3-4 Archer Street, W1.
020 7734 3342. www.bar-code.
FEELING SHONKY?
co.uk. Piccadilly Circus tube.
Host Boogaloo Stu has
Mon-Sat 4pm-1.30am.
been in touch to tell us all about the
Sun until 10.30pm.
upcoming madness at Shinky Shonky.
Dance bar on
The club brings midweek madness to the
two
basement club in the Ku Bar every Wednesday,
and also every first Friday of the month to the Oak Bar
in Stoke Newington. The Ku Bar nights run from 10pm
till late, and admission is free all night. Stu and guest DJs
Albert Twatlock, Storm and Amy Mazing spin the sounds,
which tends to be a top pop and trash selection. Dates in
May include the return of Le Gateau Chocolat on 7 and 21
May, Dolly Rocket (pictured) on 14 May. Check out the Ku
at 29-30 Lisle Street, WC2.
Shinky Shonky North returns to the Oak Bar (79 Green
Lanes, N19) on Friday 9 May. Doors are open 10pm
till 3am, with admission £6/£5 with a flyer.
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CANDY BAR, 4 Carlisle Street, W1.
020 7494 4041. Tottenham Court
Road tube. Mon-Thu 5-11.30pm.
Fri & Sat 5pm-2am. Sun 5-11pm.
Long-running and famed lesbian
bar.
COMPTONS, 52 Old Compton
Street, W1. 020 7479 7961.
Leicester Square tube. Noon-11pm.
A Soho institution. Large, traditional
gay boozer on two floors.
DISCOTEC, The End, 18 West
Central Street, WC1. 020-7419
9199. Famed and long-running
Thursday nighter, at gorgeous,
designer, two-roomed venue The
End. www.discotec-club.com
THE DUKE OF WELLINGTON,
77 Wardour Street, W1. 020 7439
1274. Piccadilly Circus tube.
Mon-Thu noon-11pm, Fri & Sat
noon-midnight, ‘til 10.30pm on
Sun. Traditional and fun gay pub
over two floors.
THE EDGE, 11 Soho Square, W1.
020 7439 1313. Tottenham Court
Road tube. Noon-1am, Sun 2pm11.30pm. Stylish, hip gay bar
THE GREEN CARNATION,
4-5 Greek Street, Soho,
W1. 020-7434 3323. New,
three-floored late night gay
venue, with bar, dancefloor
and nightly promotions. www.
greencarnationsoho.co.uk
– from
the people
that bring you
gaydar.co.uk. Open till
2am midweek, 4am weekends,
and 10.30pm Sundays. www.
gaydarprofile.com
ESCAPE, 10a Brewer Street, W1.
020 7734 2626. Piccadilly Circus
tube. 5pm-3am. Cover charge after
11pm. Every night’s a party at this
late-night video dance bar.
HALFWAY TO HEAVEN,
7 Duncannon Street, WC2. 020
7321 2791. Charing Cross tube.
Mon-Thu noon-11pm, Fri & Sat
12pm-12am. Old-style gay pub
spread over two floors.
EXILIO, LSE Underground,
Houghton Street (off Kingsway),
Aldwych, WC2. Saturday night gay
Latin and salsa night.
HEAVEN, The Arches, Villiers
Street, WC2. Charing Cross Road
tube. Huge, world-famous gay
club. www.heaven-london.com
LONG YANG CLUB, long-running
social group for East Asian gay
guys and friends. They host a
regular Sunday evening social in
the basement of Village Soho (81
Wardour Street, W1) from 7pm
onwards. Check website at www.
lyclondon.com
FIRST OUT CAFÉ, 52 St Giles
High Street, WC2. 020 7240 8042.
Tottenham Court Road tube.
10am-11pm. Sun 10.30pm. Over
20 years old and still going strong.
Long-running community café bar.
THE KINGS ARMS, 23 Poland
Street, W1. 020 7734 5907.
Oxford Circus tube. Mon-Thur
12pm–11pm, Fri-Sat 12pm-12am,
Sun 12pm-11.30pm. London’s bar
for bears and blokes. Traditional
atmosphere, pool table upstairs
and BearHug each Friday.
spread over four intimate floors,
with regular nights from top DJs.
THE ENCLAVE, 25-27 Brewer
Street, W1. Intimate, lounge bar
and basement club, offering
members-bar atmosphere but
open to all. www.enclavesoho.com
FREEDOM, 66 Wardour Street,
W1. 020 7734 0071. Piccadilly v
Circus tube. Opulent style bar, with
late-night club promotions for a
metorsexual crowd.
www.freedombarsoho.com
FRIENDLY SOCIETY, 79 Wardour
Street, WC1. Trendy and unique,
intimate basement bar, which
attracts a mixed crowd.
G-A-Y BAR, 30 Old Compton
Street, W1. 020 7494 2756.
Leicester Square tube. 12pm12am. Huge, poptastic gay bar,
with a multitude of video screens,
pop tunes and drinks promotions.
www.g-a-y.co.uk
G-A-Y LATE, 5 Goslett Yard,
off Charing Cross Road, WC2.
Tottenham Court Road tube.
11pm-3am. Late-night sister
venue to G-A-Y Bar – more video
screens, camp pop fun and cheap
drinks.
GEISHA, 75 Charing Cross Road,
WC2. 020-7734 6887. Recentlylaunched, designer gay bar – a
riot of pink and oriental chic! Open
noon-midnight seven days a week,
with DJs nightly. www.geisha-bar.
co.uk
GHETTO, 5-6 Falconberg
Mews, W1. 020-7287 3726.
Subterranean, trend-setting gay
club venue, with nightly alternative
promotions, such as The Cock (Fri)
and Wig Out (Sat). www.ghettolondon.co.uk
KUDOS, 10 Adelaide Street, WC2.
020 7379 4573. Charing Cross
tube. 3pm-11pm, Sat noon-11pm,
Sun noon-10.30pm. Beautiful and
stylish café bar (great food!), with
clubbier vibe and video screens
in the basement. Popular with
Asian crowd.
KU BAR, 30 Lisle Street, Leicester
Square, WC2. 020 7437 4303.
Leicester Square tube. Large,
award-winning, upmarket gay bar
spread over three floors, open till
3am daily. www.ku-bar.co.uk
LO-PROFILE, The Basement,
84-85 Wardour Street, W1. Swanky,
sophisticated, 400-capacity latenight basement bar and club space
PROFILE, 56 Frith Street, Soho,
W1. Tottenham Court Road tube.
Stylish, big gay bar, owned by the
team at Gaydar.co.uk - spread over
three floors, with internet access
and Gaydar radio.
THE QUEBEC, 12 Old Quebec
Street, WC1. 020-7629 6159.
Marble Arch tube. Huge pub, on
two floors, attracting an older
crowd. www.thequebec.co.uk
RETRO BAR, 2 George Court,
WC2. 020 7321 2811. Charing
Cross tube. Mon-Fri noon-11. Sat
5pm-11pm, Sun 5pm-11pm.
A traditional boozer for the gay
scene’s indie, alternative and
student-types – Tuesday’s pop quiz
is an institution.
RUPERT STREET, 50 Rupert
Street, W1. 020 7292 7141.
Piccadilly Circus tube. 12-11pm, Sun
10.30pm. Large, designer style bar,
popular with professional gay boyz
and post-work crowd.
SHADOW LOUNGE, 5 Brewer
Street, W1. 020-7287 7988.
Piccadilly tube. Exclusive, gorgeous,
ROCK ON
Punk ‘N’ Roll is a one-off noise fest being brought to
you by the teams at Woteverworld and Rock Society.
It’s taking place on Saturday 17 May from 9pm till 3am
at the deliciously red and gold-decked Masters Club,
12 Denman Street, W1 (behind the back of First Out).
Spinning the punk, rockabilly, glam, metal, indie and
grunge will be DJs Joe Pop and Dr Kemp. With admission
just £5, the night’s sure to attract a mixed bag of hardcore
lovers of alternative noise and classic rock. For more
details or notifications, check the myspace at
myspace.com/rocksocietylondon
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gays and celeb-spotters.
www.theshadowlounge.com
SOHO REVUE BAR, 11 Walkers
Court (off Brewer Street), W1.
020-7734 0377. Legendary Soho
cabaret club, attracting very gay
crowd with nightly cabaret, gigs
and burlesque.
and discos.
THE YARD, 57 Rupert Street, W1.
020 7437 2652. Piccadilly Circus
tube. Mon-Thur 4pm-11pm, Fri
& Sat 1pm-11pm, Sun 1pm1.10.30pm. Busy gay bar with
hugely popular courtyard area,
outdoor balcony and loft bar.
NORTH LONDON
TRASH PALACE, 11 Wardour
Street, W1. 020 7734 0522.
Piccadilly Circus tube. Sun-Thu
5pm-midnight. Fri & Sat 5pm-3am.
Indie, rock and trash fun on two
floors – very popular with students
and alternative club freaks.
VILLAGE, 81 Wardour Street, W1.
020 7434 2124. Piccadilly Circus
tube. 12-1am, Sun 11.30pm. Late
night door charge. Soho’s original
gay café bar, spread over four floors,
and now with basement dancefloor
THE BLACK CAP, 171 Camden
High Street, NW1. 020 7428 2721.
Camden Town tube. Shufflewick
Bar: Mon-Thu Noon-1am, Fri-Sat
12noon-2am, Sun Noon-10.30pm.
Club: Mon-Thu 10pm-2am, Fri-Sat
10pm-3am, Sun 10pm-1am.
Long-running, famed gay pub
– probably the most famous
cabaret pub in London, with nightly
DJs and entertainment. www.
theblackcap.com
CENTRAL STATION, 37
Wharfdale Road, N1. Tel: 020 7278
3294. Kings Cross tube. Mon-Wed
5pm-2am, Thur 5pm-3am, Fri
5pm-4am, Sat 1pm-4am, Sun
1pm-12am. Big gay bar on three
floors, with ground floor cabaret
and infamously cruisy cruise nights
in basement. www.centralstation.
co.uk
VAUXHALL VISION
After taking well-earned holidays, a couple of favourites
return to the Royal Vauxhall Tavern this month.
Vauxhallville returns on Thursday 1 May, with Nathaniel
De Ville, Timberlina, Bearlesque and DJ Dawn Right Nasty,
and runs every Thursday night thereafter. Themes include
‘Political Party’ on Thursday 1 May, ‘A Night At The Circus’
on 8 May, ‘A Night At The Opera’ on 15 May, and Eurovision
tribute Vauxhallvision on the 22 May.
Comedy session Brouhaha is back on Wednesday 14
May for its weekly spot, with hostess Zoe Lyons introducing
some of the circuit’s best stand-ups to take the stage. Catch
Jo Jo Smith on the 14th and Sarah Millican on the 21st.
May also has a couple of bank holidays, which provide an
excuse for a couple of extra special parties. On Monday 5
May the bar will be throwing its very own May Fayre,
with singer Gill Manly (pictured above), Timberlina,
Bearlesque and Nathaniel De Ville, with May Pole dancing,
a May day Parade, Punch & Judy and a Wickerman
barbecue! It will run from 2 till 6pm, and will be followed
by an extra S.L.A.G.S/Chill-Out dance session. This
will be followed on Monday 26 May by another extra
S.L.A.G.S/Chill-out session for the Spring Bank Holiday,
with Simon Le Van, Andy Almighty and Sean Sirrs laying
down the big dance anthems for one of the friendliest
crowds in town. The D.E. Experience will hit the stage at
5pm on both the 5th and 26th.
You’ll find the Royal Vauxhall Tavern at 372 Kennington
Lane, SE11. For the full line-up of nights and cabaret taking
place throughout May (including the Ursus charity
fundraiser for Crusaid on Friday 2 May), check the
website at www.rvt.org.uk
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CLUB KALI, The Dome, 1
Dartmouth Park Hill, Tufnell Park,
N19. World’s biggest lesbian and
gay Asian music night, running
every third Friday of the month.
www.clubkali.com
COSMO LOUNGE, 43 Essex Road,
N1. Tel: 020 7688 0051. Angel tube.
Sun-Wed 2pm-Midnight, Thu-Sat
2pm-1am. Long, narrow, intimate
gay bar popular with locals girls
and boys.
THE GREEN, 74 Upper Street,
N1. 020-7704 0713. Angel tube.
London’s first ‘gay gay-stropub!’
Stylish, Islington bar, serving full
food menu and wide range of
cocktails. Mixed, chilled crowd
- now run by the same team as The
Edge in Soho.
KING EDWARD VI, 25 Bromfield
Street, N1. Tel: 020 7704 0745.
Angel tube. Sun-Thu 12noon12midnight, Thu 12noon-1am,
Fri-Sat 12noon-2am. Very
long-running gay pub, with ‘local’
atmosphere and character, plus
popular beer garden.
KW4, 77 Hampstead High Street,
NW3. 020-7435 5747. Large, cost,
traditional old gay pub, with regular
KU KOOL
Congratulations to Gary Henshaw and
his team at the Ku Bar. Last month they
scooped the 2008 Boyz Award for Best
Central London Gay Bar. Not surprising
given the amount of events they’ve got
planned for May! Down in the basement
Ku Klub you’ll find Shinky Shonky on
Wednesdays, and the new 99 Comedy
Club from 7 till 10pm on Thursdays and
Fridays. Later on Thursday nights you’ll find
new once-a-monther Garage Gaytion.
It kicks off on Thursday 1 May, and is billing
itself as the only pure garage music night
on the London gay scene. DJs Good-Az and
DMA will spin the tunes from 10pm till 3am. It’s followed on 22 May by Madonna 100%
- another new once-a-monther; this time dedicated to playing non-stop Madonna tracks!
Late on Friday nights you’ll find Dusty O’s O Zone pop party from 10pm till 3am, while
Saturday nights offer Heat, with DJ JC spinning the latest dance and r’n’b. The Gay Tea
Dance has now closed and Lady Lloyd has now taken over the reins each Sunday for Lady
Lloyd’s Hit Factory from 8pm till midnight. Expect ‘handbag hits, dance and decadence,
camp and candy’! Admission for that is free. There’s karaoke on Mondays, plus ladies-session
Ruby Tuesdays on Tuesdays. All that, plus the ground floor and first floor bars to explore!
For updates, check the website at www.ku-bar.co.uk or join the new Ku Facebook site.
entertainment, beer garden and
food. www.kw4.co.uk
THE LOAD OF HAY, 207 Pinner
Road, Watford, 01923-441113.
Watford‚s only gay pub, with
big beer garden and regular
entertainment! www.loadofhay.
co.uk
THE OAK BAR, 79 Green Lanes,
N16. 020-7354 2791. Manor
House tube. Friendly, divere gay bar
with late-night club promotions,
open ‘til 3am at weekends. www.
oakbar.com
ON THE ROCKS, 25 Kingsland
Road, E2. Underground Shoreditch
venue that hosts the weekly Trailer
Trash club night each Friday – the
‘Dirty Eastend Gay Ravebox!’ www.
clubtrailertrash.com
PLAYPIT, 76 Caledonian Road,
N1. Intimate, King’s Cross sleaze
club. Open Thur-Sat 9pm-3am,
Sun 3pm-7pm and 8pm-1am.
www.londonplaypit.co.uk
CLUB COLOSSEUM, 1 Nine
Elms Lane, Vauxhall, SW8. Huge,
late-night venue for after-hours
crowd – hosting various monthly
promotions such as Rain,
Bootylicious and Megawoof.
DEPOT, 66 Albert Embankment,
SE1. 020-7793 9262. Cruisy dance
club which hosts monthly parties
such as Rent, Manhunt and Prowler
on Saturday nights, plus Cruise on
Friday nights.
THE EAGLE, 349 Kennington
Lane, SE11. 020 7793 0903. Mon,
Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat 9pm-late, Tue
7.30-10.30pm, Sun 4pm-2am.
Vauxhall tube. Large, club-bar with
nightly promotions. Horse Meat
Disco (Sundays) is particularly
popular.
EGO, 82 Norwood High Street,
SE27. 020 8761 5200. West
Norwood BR. Sun-Thu 8pm-late,
7pm-4am. Door charge on
weekend. Large, popular bar and
club, attracting big crowds at
weekends.
FACTORY, 65 Goding Street, SE11.
Stylish, railway arch Vauxhall venue,
hosting occasional dance and
cruise nights.
THE FORT, 131 Grange Road,
SE1. 020-7237 7742. Small cruise
club, open till 11pm throughout
week, with regular boots-only and
underwear parties.
www.thefortlondon.com
FIRE, South Lambeth Road,
Vauxhall, SW8. Vauxhall tube.
Infamous, late-night gay venue
beneath the Vauxhall railway
arches, host to the likes of Orange,
A:M, Horizon and Gravity. Open
around the clock at weekends.
www.allthingsorange.com or
SOUTH LONDON
AREA, 67-68 Albert Embankment,
SE1. Gorgeously-designed, hard
dance club and cabaret rooms, with
eclectic roster of different gay nights
(Juicy on Saturdays) and one-off
promotions. www.areaclub.info
BARCODE VAUXHALL, Arch 69,
Albert Embankment, SE11. 0207
734 3342. Vauxhall tube. Open 7
days a week. Mon-Thu 4pm-1am,
Fri-Sun 4pm-4am. Recently opened
and very popular club bar, with
dancefloor and mezzanine chill-out
space.
TRASHVILLE
Trailer Trash continues to pull in a crowd of kooky club
kids, Hoxton whores and Shoredtich degenerates each
Friday night to On The Rocks, 25 Kingsland Road, E2. ‘A
dirty East-end gay ravebox for trucker boyz, roller grrls and
assorted fabulous fashion kids’, hosts Mikki Most, Hannah
Holland and Ian Robinson spin the distorted disco and
electro, and are joined each week by special guests. Visitors
behind the decks in May include Franz & Shape and Fil OK
(2 May), La Messa from Milan (9 May), Freelance Hellraiser
(16 May) and Riva Starr and Jonjo (23 May). Doors are open
from 10.30pm, with entry just £3 before 11.30pm and £5
after. Check www.clubtrailertrash.com
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148 Tooting High Street, SW17.
020-8767 6059. A spacious, lively,
attitude-free pub. Excellent food
served all day. Weekly DJs on Friday
and Saturday nights. Karaoke on
Wednesdays.
FIRE CHANGES
There’s been a slight change to the opening hours of some of the nights taking place
down at Vauxhall club giant Fire. Thursday night session Gravity has now gone back to
its ‘afterhours’ roots, and now throws open its doors at 1am on Friday mornings, running
through till 9am, with DJs David Jimenez, The Oli, Gonzalo, Dave Cross, Terry Bryan and
guests. Admission’s £8 or £10 (or £5 with a flyer from selected bars).
Tuesday morning’s Brazilian-themed bash Open has also had something of a makeover.
It will now open at 4.30am each Tuesday morning, staying open till 10.30am, with Terry
Bryan, Elliot J Brown, The Oli and Per QX spinning the sounds. Admission is again £5 with a
flyer, £10 without.
Between those two nights, you’ve also got A:M, each Friday night from 11pm till 11am the
next morning, and Horizon each Saturday night 11pm to 10am. That’s followed by Later,
from 10am Sunday till 4pm, and then Orange, each Sunday night from 11pm till 11am.
Other dates for you diary include the big return of Space to Area on Saturday 3 May, and
a massive White Party at Fire on 24 May, when all attending are encouraged to dress all
white for the night. Saturday 3 May also sees the eagerly-awaited return of afterhours club
Beyond, which will kick off at 4am on Sunday morning 4 May and continue until midday.
DJs Steve Pitron, The Oli, Paul Martin, Pagano and others will spin the sounds over two
rooms. Admission will be £10 with a flyer, £12 on the door.
Area can be found at 67-68 Albert Embankment, SE1. Fire is on South Lambeth Road,
Vauxhall, SW8. www.fireclub.co.uk and www.myspace.com/firelondon
www.fireclub.co.uk
THE GEORGE & DRAGON, 2
BlackheathHill, Greenwich, SE10.
020 8691 3764. Deptford Bridge
DLR. Mon-Thu 4pm-1am, Fri &
Sat 4pm-4am, Sun 4pm-2am.
Late-night pub with nightly
entertainment and cabaret. www.
gandd.org.uk
LITTLE APPLE, 98 Kennington
Lane, SE11. 020 7735 2039.
Kennnigton tube. Open 7 days a
week. Small, traditional gay boozer
for local gay boys and girls.
HIDDEN, 100 Timworth Street,
SE11. Railway arch venue, home
to infamous Hard On night once a
month (www.hardonclub.co.uk).
MANBAR, 82 Great Suffolk Street,
SE1. 020-7928 3223. London
Bridge tube. Late-night cruise bar
(with showers!) for men-only.
www.manbar.info
THE HOIST, Arch 47c, South
Lambeth Road, SW8. 020 7735
9972. 10pm-late. Door charge and
strict dress code. One of London’s
most famous dress-code and cruise
clubs - busy with a men-only
crowd. Open Friday-Sunday and
occasional Thursdays (SM Gays).
www.thehoist.co.uk
ROYAL VAUXHALL TAVERN,
372 Kennington Lane, SE11.
020 7840 0596. Opening times
vary. Vauxhall tube. Door Charge.
Huge, traditional and historic gay
pub, with long history of hosting
cabaret. Packed to rafters on
Saturday (Duckie) and Sunday
(Chill-Out). www.rvt.org.uk
JACKIE’S JUKEBOX, Rivoli
Ballroom, 350 Brockley Road,
SE4. First Saturday of the
month, 7pm-midnight (£7).
Gay ballroom and Latin dancing
night, attracting up to 300
dancers a month to the glam
1950s-style Rivoli Ballroom.
Crofton Park BR. www.therivoli.
co.uk
THE STAG, 15 Bressenden Place,
SW1. 020 7828 7287. Victoria
tube. Mon & Tue midday-midnight,
Wed-Fri midday-2am, Sat 5pm2am, Sun 4pm-midnight. Dark and
atmospheric gay bar in Victoria.
KAZBAR, 50 Clapham High Street,
SW4. 020 7622 0070. Clapham
North tube. Mon-Thu 4pmmidnight, Fri 4pm-1am, Sat noon-
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1am, Sun noon-midnight. Clapham
video bar, popular throughout the
week, with DJs at weekends.
286, 286 Lewisham High Street,
SE14. 020-8690 7648. Large, lateopening gay pub and club, with
regular entertainment and cabaret.
Open till 2am Sun-Thur and till 4am
Fri-Sat. www.two8six.co.uk
THE TRAFALGAR ARMS,
THE TWO BREWERS,
114 Clapham High Street, SW4.
020 7498 4971. Clapham Common
tube. Mon-Thu 5pm-2am, Fri & Sat
5pm-4am. South London’s most
famed gay cabaret venue. Large
bar and separate dancefloor room.
www.the2brewers.com
XXL, The Arches, 51-53 Southwark
Street, SE1. www.xxl-london.com.
London Bridge tube. Huge club for
bears, big men and admirers, on
Saturday and Wednesday, plus the
Friday XXL Extreme party.
EAST LONDON
THE ANGEL, 21 Church Street,
E15. Tel: 020 8555 1148. Stratford
BR and tube. Big gay pub, always
popular at weekends, with regular
cabaret, DJs and disco nights.
THE BACKSTREET, Wentworth
Mews, off Burdett Road, E3.
020-8980 8557. Over 20 years old
– small but legendary dress code
leather club, open Thur-Sun.
THE BLACK HORSE, 168 Mile
End Road, E1. Tel: 020 7790
1684. Mile End tube. Mon-Thurs
8pm-1am, Fri-Sat 8pm-3am, Sun
8pm-1am. Late-opening,East End
cabaret bar and disco.
Limehouse DLR. Open from 7pm
Mon & Tue, from 6pm Wed-Sat,
from 4pm on Sun. Small, local,
traditional pub, with regular
cabaret.
BJ’s WHITE SWAN,
556 Commercial Road, E1. Tel: 020
7780 9870. Limehouse DLR. Mon
9pm-1am Tue-Thu 9pm-2am,
Fri-Sat 9pm-3am, Sun 5.30pmmidnight. A large, long-running
gay pub and club, open throughout
the week and legendary across
London! Wednesday’s Amateur
Strip is an institution. www.
bjswhiteswan.com
Sun 3pm-1am. Regular discos, cabaret,
karaoke and one-off events.
www.theculvert.com
THE HOPE & ANCHOR, 20
Macbeth Street, Hammersmith,
W6. (contact mobile
- 07858281995). New gay pub
for Hammersmith and Chiswick.
Traditional boozer with nightly
entertainment – open noon11pm throughout week.
THE RICHMOND ARMS, 20
The Square, off Princes Street,
Richmond. 020-8940 2118. Longrunning local gay pub, regular
cabaret and entertainment.
WEST LONDON
BROMPTONS, 294 Old Brompton
Road, Earls Court, SW5. 020 7370
1344. Earls Court tube. Big, longrunning gay pub and club, open
late throughout week. Regular
cabaret and club nights.
COLEHERNE, 261 Old Brompton
Road, Earls Court, SW5. 020 7244
5951. Earls Court tube. Noonmidnight. Large and legendary
pub. The spit’n’sawdust feel has
gone, but still popular with mixed
crowd of male drinkers.
THE CULVERT, 54 Cowley Mill
Road, Uxbridge. 01895 256 690.
Uxbridge tube. Mon-Wed 4pm-1am,
Thu noon-2am, Fri & Sat noon-3am,
TED’S PLACE, 305a North End
Road, West Brompton, W14. 0207
385 9359. Earls Court or West
Brompton tube. Mon-Fri from
7pm-late, closed Sat & Sun. West
London cruise club. Sleazy… but
that’s why the regulars love it!
WEST 5, Popes Lane, South
Ealing, W5. 020-8579 3266. Large,
popular gay pub with Piano Room
and cabaret bar, open till late at
weekends with entertainment
and DJs.
WINDSOR CASTLE, 152 Bath
Road, Hounslow, TW3. 0208577
6590. Large, local gay pub with
regular cabaret and entertainment.
www.windsorcastlehounslow.
co.uk
BISTROTHEQUE, 23-27 Wadeson
St, E2. Tel: 020 8983 7900.
Bethnal Green tube. Very mixed,
gay/straight crowd of trendy
metrosexuals. Great bar, restaurant,
plus separate cabaret room.
CHARLIE’S BAR, 124 Globe
Road, E1. Tel: 020 7790 1007.
Whitechapel tube. Recently
refurbished, Moroccan style
– friendly, local gay bar.
THE JOINERS ARMS, 116
Hackney Road, E2. Tel: 020 7739
9854. Debauched decadence
– old-skool boozer popular with
post-club crowd at weekends.
KINGS HEAD, 11 Church
Street, E15. Tel: 020 8534 0197
Stratford BR and tube. Intimate
and welcoming East End gay pub
– regular cabaret.
THE OLD SHIP, 17 Barnes
Street, E14. Tel: 020 7790 4082.
HEAVENLY MAY
If you’ve not been to Heaven for a while, you might notice
a few more changes when you get down there. As part of
the team’s ongoing improvements, they’ve just completed
renovating the reception area and downstairs toilets. As
well as the spring clean, the club has plenty planned
for May. International guests this month include Dikky
Vendetta from Rapido in Amsterdam on Saturday 17 May.
Resident jock Pagano will be spinning an extended set on
the bank holiday weekend (3 May), while on the second
bank holiday weekend (24 May) they’ll have a sexy stage
show from Passion UK. Don’t also forget to check out the
Star Bar. Dusty O (who recently won the Boyz Award for DJ
of the year) and Manny (both pictured above) are keeping
the room packed every Saturday night with their non-stop
pop hits, adding a commercial and mainstream edge to
complement the harder dance tunes on the main floor.
Heaven, Under The Arches, Villiers Street, WC2.
www.heaven-london.com
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unemployed LGBT individual living in
London. The service offers employment
coaching, professional career assessments,
supported work placements and
volunteering opportunities, help with
CVs, interview skills, job hunting and
applications, support with training and
education, and groups and workshops
covering various skills and knowledge
helpful to the world of work.
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PACE also offers training, speakers
and support to schools and statutory
organisations on diversity, HIV/Aids,
sexuality and anti-bullying.
PACE, 34 Hartham Road, London N7 9LJ. 020
7700 1323; E: [email protected]; www.
pacehealth.org.uk
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Kairos: 020 7437 6063, www.
kairosinsoho.org.uk. 9 Archer St,
London W1D 7AZ.
CRUSAID WALK FOR LIFE
Crusaid’s annual Walk For
Life takes place in London on
Saturday 1 June. To find out
more details or to register
to take part in this 10km
sponsored walk aroundsome
of the capital’s best-known
landmarks, visit www.
walkforlife.co.uk or call
0845-367 0180.
GROUPS//ORGS
Albert Kennedy Trust: 020
7831 6562 (London). Housing
advice for under 21s.
Antidote: 020 7437 3523.
Counselling, support groups,
Thurs drop-in, complementary
therapies around alcohol & drug
issues.
BKY - Alternative Jewish
Community: www.bkylondon.
org.uk Regular services and
events
ELOP: 020 8509 3898. Support
and community events in
Walthamstow. Youth, advice,
counselling and groups.
Gay and Lesbian Humanist
Association, (GALHA): 01926
858450, www.galha.org.
Regular London events.
Outrage!: 020 8240 0222.
Political group. Regular
meetings.
Lesbian Gay Christian
Movement: 020 7739 1249,
[email protected]/www.lgcm.
org.uk.
Lesbian and Gay
Immigration Group: 020
7922 7811, www.uklgig.org.uk.
meetings once a month.
LGBT Choir: 07980 023578. Call
Michael for more information.
slago.org.uk/slg. A friendly group
with a range of social activities.
Stonewall: 020 7593 1850.
Campaign group for LGBT rights.
HATECRIME
Gay Police Association:
Action Line 07092 700 000
(24hrs), [email protected]
Galop: 020 7704 2040. www.
galop.org.uk. For victims of
hate crime
HIV//AIDS
London Friend: 020 7837
3337. Groups in Islington.
Quaker London Lesbian &
Gay Fellowship: 020 8675
6740.
Metro Centre: 020 8265 3311,
www.metrocentreonline.org.
Regular groups in Greenwich.
Mosaic: 07931 336668. www.
mosaicyouth.org.uk. Youth
group, every Wednesday.
One-Up: LGBT under-18 youth
group, meets every Monday
4-7pm (based in Hendon - North
West London) - contact Theresa
(PACE) 07504226793 (mobile).
PACE: 020 7700 1323. Groups
promoting lesbian and gay
health and well-being.
Quest LGB Catholics: 0808
808 0234.
Regard: Regard, BM REGARD,
London WC1N 3XX, [email protected]
regard.org.uk/www.regard.org.
uk. Disabled LGBT.
Islington LGB Forum:
Rachael: 07989 747824. An
initiative between local police,
the council & victim support.
Step Out Tower Hamlets:
Social & support group for
gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans
& questioning young people.
5-8pm Tues 079 4633 7160
Jewish Gay and Lesbian
Group: 020 8952 0137.
South London Gays: 020 8672
5268/020 8674 5191. www.
Crusaid: 020 7539 3880,
www.crusaid.org.uk.
SISTERHOOD OF KARN
The Sisterhood of Karn is an “Earth-based group of gay people united by their interest
in Doctor Who and cult TV”. The Sisterhood was founded in January 1994 and now, it its
14th year, is as vibrant as eve. There are no membership fees and gatherings are informal,
with the sole purpose of facilitating the fun socialising of like-minded individuals and lots
National AIDS Trust: 020 7814 of great conversation. The meetings are an opportunity to discuss Doctor Who, cult TV and
related issues without fear of suffering the “ridicule and disapprobation” that many, perhaps
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most, devotees seem to face when they “come out” as Doctor Who fans – an event that is,
say some, often a more difficult admission than coming out as gay! The Sisterhood meets on
Terence Higgins Trust: 02078121777. Counselling Services. the third Thursday of every month, from 7.30pm onwards, in the upstairs bar of the Kings
Arms pub in Poland Street, Soho. Additional meetings are held whilst series are actually
running on TV (the latest series of Doctor Who is currently screening on BBC1 on Saturday
SPORTS
evenings). Trips are frequently organised, such as a recent one to the location of the famous
Cruisers basketball: 020 8960 1968 Doctor Who episode, Invasion, where the Cybermen march down the steps leading
from St Paul’s Cathedral!
0750 (Debbie)/ 020 7582 7009,
www.skarn.co.uk
www.cruisers.org.uk (Jordi).
GMFA: 020 7738 6872. The gay
men’s health charity.
Mixed basketball.
Frontrunners: 07092 346340,
www.londonfrontrunners.org.
Running group.
Goslings Swimming: 07814
258 055. Gay social (non
competitive) swimming group,
Thur 8.30pm-9.30pm. www.
goslingssportsclub.com
Irons: www.ironsgolf.org.uk .
Gay golfing, events for all levels.
King’s Cross Steelers Rugby
Football Club: 07090 421 367,
www.kxsrfc.com. Gay men’s
rugby.
London Amateur Wrestling:
www.law-wrestling.org
London Guns ‘N’ Roses
Hockey Team: Mixed hockey
for all levels. www.pinkhockey.
com or email: [email protected]
hotmail.com
National Domestic Violence
Helpline. 08452 60 44 60 (Mon
and Thurs, 2-8pm/Weds, 10am1pm). www.broken-rainbow.
org.uk.
on Saturdays, 1-3pm.
Out to Swim: 07090 422
526, www.outtoswim.org. Gay
swimming group.
Dazz-elle: 020 8257 3068.
London drug/alcohol support.
eddiesurmantrust.org.uk
Raiders Softball Club: 07931
721 377, www.rainbowraiders.
com. Mixed baseball in Regents
Park / Primrose Hill area.
Stonewall Football Club:
07090 422 390. Sunday soccer.
Lesbian & Gay Immigration
Group: 020 7922 7811. Every
Mon 12-5pm and Wed 6-8pm.
London Lesbian & Gay
Switchboard: 020 7837 7324
HIV info and counselling
(weekdays: 11am-10pm and
weekends: 4pm -10pm). www.
Stonewall Housing Advice:
020 7359 5767.
Unison: 0845 355 0845/0800
0967 968 (minicom). Works with
LGBT community about work
and employment problems.
London Friend: 020 7837
3337. Counselling service.
HELPLINES
Broken Rainbow: LGBT
POSITIVELINE: 0800-1696806.
PACE: 020 7700 1323. Health
and well-being. Tel info/support
WANT TO GET LISTED?
Please send listings to
[email protected]
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UK NEWS
SEXIEST MAN
IN WORLD…
FOUND!
Hunky Italian
motorcycle cop
Fabrizio Chiazza
has won the
coveted ‘World’s
Sexiest Man’ title
in Gaydar.co.uk’s hugely popular Sex Factor competition. The
online contest attracted more than 21 million votes from users
based all over the world. The contest was broken down into 13
categories, such as ‘Muscle’, ‘Guy Next Door’ and ‘Bears’, with
Chiazza being voted the overall winner. The 33-year-old police
agent from Milan came first out of a record 46,501 men who
entered the competition. For a full list of winners, check www.
gaydarnation.com
DJ TALLULAH
1948-2008
BRIGHTON EQUALITY WALK, 4 MAY
Support Stonewall and take part in the fun-filled Brighton
10k Equality Walk, on Bank Holiday Sunday 4 May 2008. The
event is being hosted by Amy Lamé, Sue Perkins and Gaydar’s
Dicky and Dolly. All money raised will help Stonewall’s ongoing
campaign to end homophobic hate crime. Registration is just
£10, which includes your t-shirt and a goody bag on the day.
For more info and to register: www.equalitywalk.org.uk
DRTHOM AND THT LAUNCH THT BY POST
Online medical service DrThom has teamed up with Terrence
Higgins Trust to offer a paid-for range of sexual health tests,
including for HIV, and treatments by post - designed for anyone
who is unable, or reluctant, to attend a sexual health clinic:
www.thtbypost.org.uk. THT has also launched a new website
called “Hardcell” (www.hardcell.org.uk) aimed at gay men over
18 who are interested in “rough sex, S&M and other hardcore
sexual practices”.
GAYS STILL FEAR BIAS OVER PUBLIC SERVICES
A major poll of lesbian and gay people, commissioned
by Stonewall, has found that - despite recent legislative
protections - a majority still believe they will be discriminated
against when accessing public services. Almost a third expect
to be treated worse than a heterosexual when enrolling their
child in primary or secondary school; nine in ten think they
would face barriers from becoming a foster parent; and three
in five still think they’d face barriers if they wanted to be a
parliamentary candidate for the Labour Party - a figure that
rises to 90% for the Tories.
Many on the London scene was shocked and saddened to hear about the sudden and unexpected death
of veteran scene DJ Tallulah, who passed away at home from a suspected heart attack over the Easter
bank holiday weekend. He was aged 59.
Tallulah was born Martyn Allam in 1948 in Hamburg, where his parents were stationed after the war. At the age of three he
returned to England and was raised in Kent, before moving to London in the 1960s to work as a hotel manager. He began
DJ’ing in 1972 at a club called The Escort in Pimlico. In the days before disco elevated the art of DJ’ing, Tallulah operated the
coat check and DJ’ed on a single deck at the same time! He was one of the London’s few ‘out’ gay DJs during the 1970s, and
quickly earned himself an international reputation, culminating in bookings at the legendary Studio 54 in New York. He
remained in demand throughout his career, and continued to work up until his death.
In 2007 he became the first ever inductee into the House Of Homosexual Culture’s Hall of Fame. Speaking to Out In The City
at the time of the induction, he confessed: “I’m quite honoured, to tell you the truth. I’ve never been much of a publicity
seeker, but the reason I’m doing it is because I think it’s quite a good thing. I don’t think we necessarily celebrate individuals
in our community enough - it’s about time we looked to our own people.”
His funeral and a memorial service took place on Friday 11 April. A facebook group, ‘In Memory Of Tallulah’, has been set up
in his honour, where friends and fans are invited to leave their own personal memories and tributes.
ANNUAL UK STATS SHOW GAY HIV HIKE
An estimated 6,840 new HIV diagnoses were reported in 2007
in the UK, according to latest figures from the Health Protection
Agency. Over a third (38% - 2,630) were among gay men. This
is the third successive year that new diagnoses among gay men
have risen above 2,600 - the highest levels since records began.
MAN ARRESTED FOR NOT PAYING “RENT”
Police have arrested a 37-year old man in Bangor, north Wales,
on suspicion of hiring male sex workers - and not paying for
them. He has been linked to 17 offences including allegations
of obtaining services by deception, theft, administering a
substance with intent and rape. Anyone who thinks they may
have been a victim of a similar offence should contact police
on 020 7232 6159; or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800
555 111.
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Veteran campaigner Peter Tatchell, after
attempting to ambush a bus bearing the
Olympic torch, as it passed Selfridges in
Oxford Street.
CHINA SHOULD BE
SUBJECTED TO SPORTING
PROTESTS - JUST LIKE
APARTHEID SOUTH
AFRICA WAS.
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NEWS
EGYPT:
Five men have been
sentenced to three years
in prison in Egypt for
consensual gay sex. Human
rights activists believe that
Eygptian authorities are not
only attempting to crack
down on homosexuality,
but also on those affected
by HIV and AIDS. All those
convicted were forced to
undergo HIV testing without
consent, with four of the five
testing positive. A lawyer
acting on behalf of the
arrested claimed that they
were beaten by police in an
attempt to get them to admit
indulging in homosexual acts.
CHINA:
Chinese police reportedly
stormed and shut two,
possibly three, gay saunas
in Beijing late March, jailing
staff - according to AIDS
activists who also claim
police have raided bars and
cruisy parks and arrested sex
workers. Similar problems are
reported in Shanghai.
MEXICO:
The Mayor of the Mexican city
of Guadalajara wants to move
gay clubs out of its historic
centre ahead of the 2011
Pan-American Games there,
claim local venue owners.
...AND FINALLY
GAY ADOPTION SITE LAUNCHED
A gay male couple have launched an online social website for gay people who are either wanting
to or have already adopted. The website – www.newfamilysocial.co.uk - was set up by
Andy May, who – together with his partner – is currently going through the adoption process.
The website will carry information regarding adoption, and will allow gay couples to talk to
others in the same situation. It also carries information about get-togethers and social events
for gay families in the London area.
CULT QUEER COUPLES CARTOON HITS UK
A US animation, described as “making South Park look like The Flumps” will air on E4 later in the year. Featuring hilarious homo
duos - from twink plus sugar daddy to its eponymous “perfect pair”, Rick and Steve - The Happiest Gay Couple in the
World presents Lego-like characters including baby-obsessed lesbians, three-in-a-bed predators and teeny queens who come
out with immortal lines like, “Some people don’t give me enough credit for how smart I ... Oh-my-god! I loooove this song!”
GAY GHETTO: BEYOND THE GRAVE?
LGBT Danes who are concerned about their final resting place can now get themselves
cremated and buried in a gay-only section of a cemetery. The space in Copenhagen is
managed by the local Rainbow Association. It can hold up to 45 urns within a large
triangle of pebbles, all topped off with a rainbow flag! Said a spokesman: “We don’t
want to isolate ourselves, but we also feel a need to be together.”
OUTSPOKEN:
MATTHEW
HODSON
WITH CONTROVERSY
OVER WHETHER GAY
MEDIA AND RETAILERS
SHOULD PROMOTE
AND SELL ‘BAREBACK’
PORN, GMFA’S
MATTHEW HODSON
DISCUSSES THE
BROADER IMPACT OF GAY BUSINESS VALUES ON
OUR COMMUNITY’S SEXUAL HEALTH AND WIDER
WELLBEING...
Many of today’s major gay businesses started
as small community ventures at a time when
homosexuality
was not as socially
acceptable as it is
now. The founders
of these companies THE COMMERCIAL
were motivated
not only to pursue INTERESTS OF GAY
equality but also
BUSINESS MAY
to make money
out of an emerging CONFLICT WITH THE
community. The
HEALTH INTERESTS
latter does not
cancel out the
OF GAY MEN.
importance of the
former.
BBC Newsnight
recently ran an item
on some gay porn
performers who had apparently become infected with
HIV whilst shooting a bareback film. Whilst some porn
producers are fighting to improve safety for their models,
others have been driven more by the demand for bareback
than by concern for their performers’ health. Additionally,
many suspect that bareback porn “normalizes” unprotected
sex. What responsibility does the producer have to their
performers or to their customers? What responsibility
should be taken by the shop that sells the porn, or the
magazine that promotes it?
Of course, it’s not just porn where the commercial interests
of gay business may conflict with the health interests of
gay men. For many years bars have been at the heart of the
gay scene and this may be linked to gay men’s increased
likelihood of alcohol-related problems. In saunas and
backrooms, men will have sex with other men, and not all
of that sex will be protected.
One can also consider the kind of messages that gay
businesses often deliver. Arguably, the gay media
perpetuates an impossible ideal of slim, youthful, sexuallydriven gay men.
As a community, I do not doubt that we are better off for
having the gay pressand scene. Difficulties in juggling
social responsibility with economic interest are not unique
to gay businesses. The gay media strive to balance their
commercial needs with their responsibility to educate their
readers. I’m grateful there are places that I can go to and
socialise with other gay men. I’m glad when clubs and
saunas do what they can to support sexual safety.
Gay businesses do have a responsibility to their employees
and to the community that they serve, as do all businesses.
Moreover, we as individuals must also take responsibility
for our own actions; and we greatly benefit when we take
responsibility for our own health.
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PROUD EMPLOYERS
Gay and lesbian lobby group Stonewall has tasked UK
employers with embracing the specialist skills of the LGBT
demographic for a number of years now via the charity’s
Diversity Champions Program and Workplace Equality
Index. Since 2005, the forum, used by employers to boost
their gay friendly credentials and champion the worth of
diversity employment, has grown exponentially, tripling
from 100 to over 300 members.
In recent months, the Stonewall Diversity Champions have
enjoyed a membership perk whose benefits LGB employees
can reap as much as the employer themselves; Proud
Employers, the new platform from which the DC’s can
advertise vacancies and increase their gay quota, is proving
a valuable resource for LGBT jobseekers.
For more details and to check out vacancies, visit www.
stonewall.org.uk/workplace/proud_employers
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If your problem is not
the job per se, but your
colleagues/employers’
attitudes towards your
sexual orientation, why
not contact Katherine
Cowan (pictured), an
independent Diversity
Consultant.
“How and when you
come out at work
is something not
everybody finds straightforward,” says Katherine. “Your
sexual behaviour might be private, but sexuality isn’t
just what you do – it’s also who you are. We don’t think
twice about how ‘out’ our heterosexual colleagues are, yet
wedding rings and post-weekend chats about domestic
bliss/hell are all blatant declarations of sexual orientation.
So if someone who isn’t heterosexual wants to be out, it’s
not actually very different.”
If you identify as LGBT and don’t know what to do about
being out at work, Katherine may be able to help – not only
with issues of confidence but also information concerning
legal protection.
Visit www.katherinecowan.net
IN OTHER NEWS…
The European
Court of Justice
(ECJ) has recently
granted a widowed
German man
legal access to his
deceased male
partner’s pension.
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pension when
his partner died
in 2005, but the ECJ has ruled that such a refutation was
direct discrimination if the partnership was comparable to
marriage. Maruko’s lawyers have alluded to the possibility
that the case may have far-reaching repercussions in
European Union countries where same-sex partnerships are
legal, such as here in the UK.
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kitchen and spacious reception,
bathroom with corner shower
plus two outdoor deck areas. Set
directly beneath Canary Wharf.
River Homes 020-7407 8000
02 ORION POINT, £349,995
A 12th floor sub-penthouse
one-double bedroom offering
fantastic views across The River
Thames towards Greenwich and
Canary Wharf. The property offers
floor-to-ceiling windows, under
floor heating, air-conditioning and
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THE GRAPES
NARROW STREET
Featured in Dickens’
Our Mutual Friend, this
longstanding pub has a
colourful history and loads of
atmosphere.
BJ’S WHITE SWAN
COMMERCIAL ROAD
East London’s most wellknown and much loved gay
bar, with regular cabaret and
late-night dance action…
and plenty of cute locals and
Essex lads as added bonus.
REGENT’S CANAL
Stroll or cycle along the
towpath, which leads all the
way up to Paddington Basin.
Or hire a barge and explore
London at a leisurely pace.
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A BUYERS’ GUIDE:
Get a rough idea of what you’re looking for.
Different salvage yards specialise in specific pieces and in some cases, specific eras. If you have
a firm idea of the kind of item you want and the period that it’s from, you will be able to narrow
down the field of search. Don’t be fooled into thinking you can turn up and find what you want.
Some yards will only advertise their products online, some are so vast they would be tricky to
navigate productively and some might not even stock what you’re looking for at all.
DESIGN
BARTER
TAKE CARE
Salvage yards will often pre-price goods on sale. This
doesn’t mean that owners are closed-off to the idea of
haggling, particularly if you’ve seen something similar in
another yard. Remember, they want your business and you
want the item at an affordable price, so make an offer and
go from there.
Some pieces of architectural salvage can be really old
and unstable; they may have protruding screws, splinters
or shattered glass. Before you agree on a sale, and
even afterward, take the time to inspect your purchase
thoroughly before transport – and especially before you
start to integrate it into your home.
WHAT’S HOT RIGHT NOW:
wood products.
Deco architectural salvage.
THE HOUSE HOSPITAL
14a Winders Road , Battersea,
SW11. 020 7223 3179.
For architectural salvage from
fireplaces and cast-iron radiators to
baths, doors and reclaimed flooring.
RETROUVIOUS
2A Ravensworth Road, Kensal
Green, NW10. 020 8960 6060.
www.retrouvius.com
Est. 1993, good for remodelled/
recycled architectural salvage from
tables and chairs to desks.
Q Old school radiators
Q Vintage Wallpapers
Q Gym lockers/storage
Q Vintage posters
ONLINE LINKS:
www.salvo.co.uk
www.stoneagearchitectural.com
WHERE TO VISIT:
LASSCO
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30 Wandsworth Road, Vauxhall,
SW8. 020 7394 2100.
www.lassco.co.uk
For architectural antiques and
salvage from doors to baths,
radiators to lighting.
RECLAIMED TIMBER
SPECIALISTS,
Leytonstone, E11 3EX MAP,
020 8558 2811.
www.reclaimed.uk.com
For reclaimed Victorian wood
and recycled/reclaimed timber,
floorboards and other reclaimed
WESTLAND LONDON
St Michael’s Church, Leonard Street
EC2. 020 7739 8094.
www.westlandlondon.com
Est. 1969, for Gothic and
Renaissance to Art Nouveau and
RENAISSANCE
City Road, EC1. 020 7251 8844
www.renaissancelondon.com
For period fireplaces, doors,
chandeliers, mirrors, radiators
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If you are about to invest in reclaimed flooring for your
entire house, York Stone paving for the garden, or some
other major redesign involving salvage, it may be in your
best interests to consult an interior/landscape designer.
While most salvage found is of top quality and invariably
attractive, combining it with modern fixtures, furnishings
and colours can be a job for the professionals.
Similarly, you should consult an expert when restoring
period features that already exist in your property. You can
do the work of course, but be sure you know how before
you start to chip away, polish or paint at the piece in
question as mistakes are difficult to rectify and lost parts
hard to replace.
LAST BUT NOT LEAST!
Remember that furnishing and/or refurbishing a home
using architectural salvage is an eco-friendly development
option. Not only will it save you money but will help
save the planet too – you’re effectively recycling a past
generation’s waste!
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FOUNTAIN HOUSE | WOOLWICH
Woolwich is widely known as one of the capital’s up-andcoming hotspots, and you too can be a part of it, courtesy of
our friends at Asra. The company are marketing a stunning
development of one and two bedroom apartments on a
HomeBuy basis. £87,000 will get you a 40% share in either
Fountain House, made up of new build apartments, or at
New Walpole House, a converted boozer with four designer
apartments and a supercool maisonette.
Existing transport links include National Rail stations at
Woolwich Arsenal and Woolwich Dockyard, but it’s the
imminent extension of the Docklands Light Railway which
will really put the area on the map. And with its buzzing
nightlife, easy access to the City and West End, and a host
of retail and leisure facilities, we don’t anticipate that either
development is going to stay on the market for much
longer. What’s more, once you’ve completed, your first six
months come rent free.
To make sure you don’t miss out on this opportunity, call Asra on
020 7490 6843, email [email protected] or
visit www.newlife-living.co.uk
HZONE, FelthamONE | FELTHAM
hzone is the final phase of FelthamONE - four exclusive zones developed among a number of
landmark buildings as part of the newly regenerated town centre of up-and-coming Feltham. With
modern wood and glass exteriors mirrored by stylish interiors, all apartments boast sleek fitted kitchens
with integrated cooker and hood, fridge freezer and washer dryer. All living areas are carpeted and master
bedrooms are equipped with fitted wardrobes. Positioned next to Feltham Rail station, hzone is ideally
placed for travel to central London and Heathrow. Prices start at £ 83,000 for a one-bedroom apartment,
and £95,000 for a two-bedroom apartment, based on a 50% share.
hzone is available from A2 Housing Group. For information about all A2’s developments call 0845 408 6699 or
visit www.a2g3.com
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WESTGATE | NEWHAM
Londoners looking for an affordable home without compromising
on location need look no further than One Housing Group’s Westgate
development.
Westgate, situated in Royal Victoria Docks, Newham, is an extensive, newly
built development of one and two-bedroom apartments, which has great
links to the City.
Simon Scott, assistant director of sales and marketing at One Housing Group,
said: “The development is surrounded by world-class facilities such as the
ExCeL complex with an exhibition and conference centre, complimented by
hotels, offices and a wide range of restaurants, retail and leisure facilities.
With Westgate, everything can be found on your doorstep.”
All apartments are finished to the highest standards and include carpets,
stylish fitted kitchen with an electric hob, oven and hood. The bathrooms are
fully fitted with ceramic tiling and some apartments even boast an en-suite
bathroom. There is also the 22-acre Thames Barrier Park with its landscaped
garden and riverside promenade, ideal for a leisurely stroll or a brisk run.
Prices start at £79,000 for a 40% share. More information on Westgate and
other One Housing Group New Build HomeBuy properties can be found at www.
onehousinggroup.co.uk or by calling 0800 2346 242.
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CLOCK | HEALS
This Thermo Barometer wall clock
is part of the popular Ever So
British range at Heal’s, which
showcases the talents of
British designers. The
range aims to celebrate
British tradition whilst
maintaining a definite
sense of modernity and
innovation. Of course,
this clock not only looks
good and tells the time, it
will also warn you (we hope)
of some impending summery
weather…
RRP £85
www.heals.co.uk
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TWENTYTWENTYONE
Part of the new Spring Range from TwentyTwentyOne,
this set of three mouth-blown glasses plays tricks on
your eyes before you even drink anything from any of
them. Fear not, however – despite appearances, they
all store exactly the same amount (300ml) of liquid.
RRP £35 per set
www.twentytwentyone.com
03 BARKSHIRE NEWBURY DOG BED | PET PLANET
With the warmer weather meaning longer walks, your
canine companion will need somewhere nice to rest his
weary paws. Why ruin a gorgeous home by keeping a
manky dog bed in the corner? Treat your pooch to the
best with this truly luscious couch from Pet Planet’s
new Barkshire Woodley range.
RRP £129.99
www.petplanet.co.uk
04 OOB THE DOORSTOP | HEMAL PATEL
One of the shortlisted contestants in the
Grand Designs product awards, we think this
curvy, striking little doorstop positively shouts
its presence even from down on the floor. Its
smooth rubber construction not only makes
for great aesthetic appeal, it also means
it won’t scratch your surfaces either. The
winners of the Grand Designs competition are
announced on the 9th May, and we hope Oob
the Doorstop gets the recognition it deserves.
RRP £20
www.headsprung.co.uk
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FORM
Make sure you accessorise your barbecues and
garden parties in style with this bar set from Danish
design company Absolut Form’s extremely cool PEJ
range. A bottle opener, bar knife, cocktail strainer
and tongs rest in a sleek stainless steel stand, ready
and waiting to help brighten the proceedings.
RRP £24.95
www.absolutform.co.uk
05 ELECTROLUX ISLAND
BARBECUE | ELECTROLUX
Forget mad rushes into the kitchen
for more beers and burgers – with
the Island Barbecue you’ll have
everything you need at your
fingertips. Boasting both closed
griddles and open griddles, and a
chiller cabinet capable of storing 15
wine bottles, get one of these and we
promise you’ll be the most popular cook
on the block this summer.
RRP £2,000 - £3,000 dependent on model
www.electrolux.co.uk
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07 LOUIS GHOST CHAIRS |
PHILIP STARCK
This year, Kartell celebrates 20
years of partnership with designer
Philippe Starck. The Louis Ghost
chair is a prime example of the
successful nature of this union.
A baroque style piece ironically
rendered in injection-moulded
polycarbonate, the seat is shock,
scratch and weather-resistant, and
perfect, we think, for truly classy
outdoor dining.
RRP £175.00 per chair
www.utilitydesign.co.uk
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08 BANG & OLUFSEN SPEAKERS | BEOLAB
We love Bang & Olufsen and could happily browse around the
stores for hours compiling a wish-list of products for our dream
home. Besides the high-end DVD players, mobiles and
digital media, we’re loving the Beolab series of audio
speakers. There’s around a dozen different designs
to choose from, including the Beolab 4 (pictured
right) and Beolab 2 (left). Bang & Olufsen has
several stores in London - check out the gorgeous
Knightsbridge branch at 50 Brompton Road, SW3.
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DEAR KAREN
I have recently found out that I’m HIV positive and
am worried about everything, but especially what
I should do and how I am legally protected against
discrimination at work. Am I legally obliged to let
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Firstly, you are not obliged to tell your employer or work
colleagues anything about your sexual orientation or HIV
status.
However, there are advantages to disclosing this to an
employer you trust: if you need time off for hospital
appointments or need adjustments at work, say to your
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HIV is a disability under the Disability Discrimination Act
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boutique chain has a second branch in
Kensington, and opened a third outlet in
the North Laine district of Brighton last
month. In terms of style, the new Myhotel
Brighton (17 Jubilee Street, BN1
- pictured above) is touting itself as where
‘Freddie Mercury meets the Maharishi’
– with contemporary style and flamboyant
design receiving a spiritual, karmic twist.
There are 80 rooms, with select suites
co-designed by local Brighton artists like
Alex Macarthur and Lucien Hewetson. The
penthouse – surreally – even features a
400-year-old vintage carousel as a design
feature! Check the website at www.
myhotels.com for room rates and special
offers. They’re currently offering a ‘Mr & Mr
Smith’ Brighton Pride offer of £259 for
two nights in a standard double room, but
you’d better book quickly.
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A ‘glam guide for discerning travellers’,
Travel Notebook (www.travelnotebook.net) is a new online directory
containing up to date news, tips and
information on the chicest places to stay,
eat and shop around the world. Aimed
at independent travellers, the site has
separate categories featuring quality travel
gems from Manchester to Marrakech.
Set out simply in notebook form to give a
snapshot and flavour of each item shown,
sections include: ‘Travel notes’ - featuring
savvy city guides, unusual weekend breaks
and luxury hotel launches; ‘Suite notes’
- a collection of the most exclusive hotel
suites available; and ‘Business notes’ – a
compilation of the best boutique hotels
with first class business facilities such
as high tech meeting rooms, 24 hour
concierge assistance and translation
services.
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23 AUG-22 SEP
VIRGO
Current insecurities may be
attaching themselves to people
or situations that simply don’t
warrant them. A leap of faith is
all that’s required, so please cast
your doubts to one side and try
to see the bigger picture. If in
doubt, try asking a close friend
to provide you with a fresh
perspective and advice.
23 SEP-22 OCT
LIBRA
You will always be your harshest
critic, so why tie yourself up in
knots fretting about what others
think of you? Criticism always
cuts deep, but if you can take it
on the chin and see the good in
the comments, you will emerge
stronger. Your abilities are vast
- it’s only you that stands in the
way of fully realising them.
22 DEC-19 JAN
Instead of being wary of your
impulsive nature Capricorn,
you need to learn to embrace
it and to go with the flow. Don’t be scared of allowing yourself some
fun! Too often you find yourself prone to melancholia, but with the
summer approaching, now is the time to concentrate on all good
things you’ve got going on in your life... and to celebrate them.
CAPRICORN
19 FEB-20 MAR
PISCES
Although you may have had a
tough start to the year, now is
the time to focus on long-term
plans Pisces. Be patient, accept
any help offered and don’t feel
guilty about calling in some old
favours. Doing the ground work
now will reap tangible benefits
over the next few months, so
get busy!
&
21 MAR-19 APR
ARIES
You’ll find your mood may
darken about midway through
the month but you shouldn’t let
it cast a pall over your life. Don’t
allow yourself to feel miserable
just because you’re stubborn and
find it difficult to admit to being
wrong. Accept that you’re not
always right and embrace what
life is sending your way.
23 OCT-21 NOV
TAURUS
GEORGE CLOONEY
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Gorgeous George
Clooney seems to just
get sexier with age.
The actor displays
typically bold Taurean
spirit and determination,
both in his film choices
and keenness to address
injustice wherever
he finds it. Taureans
are general practical,
appreciative and
sensible, but can also
be stubborn and overly
materialistic.
20 APR-20 MAY
TAURUS
It’s very easy to be swept up
by gossip and name-calling.
However, as you’re normally a
very loyal person, this is rather
out of character. Someone you
know will be hurt by all this
negativity. Don’t just go with
the crowd in order to score
some short-term approval.
However tempting!
22 NOV-21 DEC
SCORPIO
SAGITTARIUS
What’s important in your life
may not always be of huge
interest to those closest to you,
so try not to force your passions
upon others, as you’ll only be
disappointed by their reaction.
Finance and career issues may
be looming, so you need all your
friends and allies close to you
over the coming weeks.
Faithful and trusting as you are
Sagittarius, a certain degree of
cautiousness is called for unless
you want to be the victim of
manipulation. Be careful that
your trusting and free nature is
not mistaken for nonchalance
and disinterest. Make sure you let
loved ones know that you care
for them.
20 JAN-18 FEB
An altruistic personality can
thing but you
AQUARIUS bereallya wonderful
need to make sure that
you’re clear in your reasons for being so generous. Is it always for the
benefit of others or is it sometimes for more selfish reasons? To give
is good, but it’s even better if you expect nothing in return. Practice
giving without receiving... and no giggling at the back!
21 MAY-21 JUN
GEMINI
This current bout of pessimism
is doing you no favours at
all. It’s just crushing all your
creative urges. Get to the root of
the problem and find yourself
a solution. It may take a bit
of time but in the long run it
will be hugely beneficial. Also,
keep an eye out for romantic
opportunities this month.
22 JUN-22 JUL
CANCER
Give your ideas some space to
grow Cancer. You keep drawing
up plans in your head but not
following them through. It’s
time you focused on at least
one of these ideas and carried
it through to fruition. Besides
a sense of achievement, it will
also generate respect from
your peers.
23 JUL-22 AUG
LEO
You may feel fiercely
independent Leo, but you
sometimes have to realise that
it’s more productive to submit
or seek the help of others. If you
continue to fight a losing battle,
all you’re doing is wasting energy
that could be used in much more
constructive ways. Learn when
to move on!
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creator of the www.bearhealth.com.uk website. For more
information about diabetes, check: www.diabetes.org.uk,
www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk and www.diabetes-insight.info
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Pink Therapy has a UK-wide online directory listing therapists
of all orientations who won’t judge someone because of their
sexuality or HIV status: www.pinktherapy.com
HARD CELL
Terrence Higgins Trust has just launched a new
website called ‘Hardcell’ (www.hardcell.org.uk)
aimed at gay men interested in rough sex, S&M and other
hard core sexual practices. The site combines facts about
sexual health and recreational drug use with information
about sex acts and rough sex.
The site has a section dedicated to sexually transmitted
infections including causes, symptoms, treatments and
prevention. It also has a section on recreational drugs
giving clear information on the effects and risks of drugs
from GHB to Viagra. In addition, Hardcell covers issues such
as sex ‘addiction’, sexual dysfunction and personal safety.
Will Nutland, Strategic Lead for Health Promotion and
Health Improvement at Terrence Higgins Trust said, “When
we were researching the site we found that men had
questions about specific sex scenes but they didn’t know
where to get reliable information. The website provides
up-front information right through from bondage and
branding to tit torture and watersports. The site not only
focuses on the pleasures of hard sex - it looks at the risks
of mixing different types of drugs during sex, avoiding
trouble during harder sex, and gives information on where
the law currently stands on S&M sex.”
WORD UP
Gay men’s health
charity GMFA is seeking
volunteers to help with
a new three-year HIV
prevention project aimed
specifically at black gay
men. The project, in
conjunction with GMFA’s
black gay men’s volunteer
group Big Up, was
developed following research that revealed black gay men
in the UK are almost twice as likely as white British gay
men to be living with HIV.
Big Up will be carrying out research to investigate the
sexual health needs of black gay men, and in turn provide
them with better services. New volunteers are needed to
become involved in peer education projects, developing
culturally appropriate HIV awareness interventions and
outreach programmes aimed at other black gay men,
including those men who have sex with men but don’t
identify as gay.
If you are interested in getting involved in Big Up, or volunteering for GMFA, contact: [email protected]
WORDS BY LOREM DELOREM | PHOTOGRAPH BY MAET IPSUM
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