8 LGBTQ Events to Make you Feel Proud
Written by: Violet Myers
It’s nearing that most magical time of year. The fairies are out, we’re planning to drink far too much and a big fat man is sure to be making his way into our bedrooms… It’s officially the month of GAY PRIDE!
We’re getting ready for the biggest party of the season; we’ve shaved our legs, bedazzled our eyes and had our hot pants dry cleaned – and that’s just the blokes. We’ve got 8 LGBTQ venues / events to do you proud in North London.
Queer – Stoke Newington
Mascara Bar, 72 Stamford Hill, London N16 6XS
Proving that gay club nights aren’t just about Kylie’s greatest hits, Queer at Mascara Bar presents a monthly event with all sorts of edge. Expect to hear: The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Velvet Underground, Belle & Sebastian, Joan Jett and many more from your teenage grunge phase. Also featuring an impressive collection of DIY queercore, riot grrrl and northern soul.
Central Station – Kings X
37 Wharfdale Road, London N1 9SD
Having been open 23 years, in the hands of many different owners, Central Station bar has emerged from its slightly rough cocoon to a dazzling disco butterfly. With brand new hotel rooms, a restaurant and an underground club the place is bustling with all ages. It’s a popular pub for proper drinking and serious dancing with a weekly drag performer. But be warned, this is not one for the faint of heart, last time we had a boogie at Central Station the walls were plastered in such a vast collection of multicultural penises it rivaled your mother’s bedroom on a Tuesday – way ho!
Bloc Bar – Kentish Town
18 Kentish Town Rd, London NW1
Much like when Mufasa passed down his kingdom to Simba after his tragic death, The Bloc Bar has taken on the challenge to replace Camden’s mighty fallen Black Cap. An intimate venue, this pint-sized club may still be finding its feet, but is packed with partay potential, having hosted Drag knockout and a weekly naughty bingo night.
Egg Club – Kings X
200 York Way, London N7 9AX
Though not technically a gay club, this warehouse-style party venue has regular nights catering to the gay community. With a mix of heavy house, bounce and other ear drum destroying genres the multi-room venue is ideal for ‘got-so-messed-up-I-forgot-my-own-name’ kind of nights.
MissFit – Stoke Newington
176 Stoke Newington High Street, London N16 0LH
The brains behind ‘Lesbian Prom’ present MissFit, a club night at The Stokey Stop that treats you lucky North London ladies to weekly DJs and drink deals (the only other double D that matters). Music ranges from week to week and spans the decades. Every Saturday 21:00 – 2:00.
Vogue Fabrics – Stoke Newington
66 Stoke Newington Rd, London N16 7XB
One of North London’s best kept secrets, Vogue Fabrics, are an originator of queer entertainment in Dalston. With a fantastic mix of fun + sweaty club nights and an equal mix of fun + sweaty performance pieces, the club has no shortage of varied events, from cheesy pop to spoken word. Check out ‘Straight Nasty’ and ‘Reduced to Queer’ in celebration of this year’s pride.
Club Kali Party – Kings X
Scala, 275 Pentonville Rd, London N1 9NL
Having been voguing since 1995, Club Kali is one of London’s oldest LGBTQ events and the largest celebration of Eastern and Western classics in the world. Pumping out a mix of club classics, Bollywood tunes and Punjabi covers of RnB and HipHop hits, Club Kali is all about uniting Western and Eastern gay communities and having a bloody good time of it! Check out their Pride party at Scala on the 25th of June for a rousing Punjabi mix of Rihanna’s Umbrella.
King’s Head Theatre – Islington
115 Upper St, London N1 1QN
The King’s Head Pub is home to some of London’s best and understated queer theatre. Showcasing new and old writing in a modest room at the back of the Islington based bar, this grass roots venue is the perfect setting for fringe productions. Although not exclusively catering to LGBTQ shows the pub has premiered plenty in the past and is committed to promoting queer theatre. Check out their latest Strangers In Between from the 21st of June.
Top photo: Ryan Dinham
Carouse founders Chris, Theo and Ben – the charming folk behind Kentish Town’s Rose and Crown – have a new venture afoot and we couldn’t be more bloody excited to see it. We’ve been creeping in their windows, peering through the paint and sneaking glimpses at builders’ bums for a few months now (okay, maybe not the last one), watching these guys transform this cosy corner of Crouch Hill into a rather cool little boozer. Now they’re opening and everyone is invited. Come one, come all, and try all 20 of their beers on tap with us.
Last month I decided to try clubbing again. I don’t quite know what came over me, but I actually (brace yourselves) enjoyed it. I went to Body Hammer’s monthly party in Manor House and I’m here to tell you to go too, whether you love clubbing, hate clubbing, or really couldn’t care either way. #notspon
Rich, fried, buttery, potato-y vessels loaded with flavor combinations that go down rather well with craft beer, late nights and good times. Ha, who am I kidding, EVERYTHING goes down well with beer. You heard that right buddy, loaded potato skins are back with a bang (and a generous portion of bacon) and are currently being served at Old Street's The Magic Roundabout by street food pop-up Skins and we could not be any happier. Well, unless they were to stuff it with, say, Mac and Cheese or risotto. Oh, that's exactly what they do? Well paint me green and call me a cucumber.
Magical gifts, wonderful gifts, marvellous gifts, beautiful gifts, gifts, glorious gifts glo-ri-ous giiiiiifts. Please Sir, I want some more. It’s that time of year again and whether you love it or loath it gifts will be purchased and presented into expectant hands. Stroud Green's very own Pretty Shiny Shop have compiled a gift guide to help ease the shopping shock. Imagine only having to trot to your local gift shop and tick off your entire shopping list in one fell swoop. Done, finito, terminado! To make it that little sweeter, it's also all very affordable... so you won't even have to pick a pocket or two.
Alright guys, it’s happening. The frosty charm of December is, once again, being beaten to a pulp by the capitalists’ wet dream: Christmas. The hideous twinkling of artificial outdoor lighting is starting to appear, with tourists flocking from far and wide to watch D-list celebrities press a button. Invitations to Christmas parties flood in from your multiple part-time jobs, ensuring you make bad decisions bi-weekly til next year. Supermarkets are selling 12-day advent calendars containing confetti, cookie cutters and candles for a flawless £50. And oh, how the mulled wine flows.
Who doesn’t love a cheeky statistic, correctly sourced? You know we do. Well, did you know that for every £1 spent with a small business, 63p is re-spent in the local area, as opposed to a measly 40p in every £1 re-spent locally with larger businesses? An absolute travesty, am I right? That 23p has to mean something, right, guys?! Guys? Guys, where are you going? Wait, there’s freebies involved too!
By gum there are a lot of winter markets this year. Fueled by sickly sweet mulled wine and overpriced pulled pork sliders, we’ve managed to wade our way through the murky waters of winter markets and find some decent looking ones round this here part of town. Don’t let our Grinch-esq vibes put you off (I’m more of a Pancake Day person myself) because, if you’re into markets, you’ll probably like these. Read on, if you’re merrier than us.
Take a short walk along Finsbury Park’s own sunset strip and you’ll find MoseyHome, an interiors retailer and styling consultancy who have invited us to collaborate with them on an exciting new series titled 'Style My Shop', in which they invite some of London's most talented interiors experts to quite literally style their shop. Interiors porn at it's finest.
Why was the snowman sad? Because he had a meltdown. Much like us, every year, when winter comes. It’s cold, it’s dark, and we know Christmas is on its way. But hey, it’s not all bad – the events round this time of year can be pretty swell. So don your scarf-shawl-blanket and get your frolic on, it’s time for fairy lights, scarfing mulled wine and stuffing your face!
Touch, taste, smell, hear and create art. Smith & Sinclair, purveyors of the Edible Cocktail, presents The Flavour Gallery: a multi-sensory adventure that’ll seduce your senses and tickle your taste buds beyond all imagination. Ooh matron!
Brush the cobwebs off your sexy banana costume; it’s that time of year to make a tit of yourself in fancy dress again. We’ve rounded up the most spine-chilling Halloween happenings in North London and, trust us, they sound horrendous. Be afraid, be very afraid.
God bless the Queen... of Hoxton. Or, more specifically, their rooftop - which happens to be one of our favourites in this here city of London. These guys are well known for creating beautiful, seasonal pop-ups which have included the Nordic Viking themed 'Skye Halla' and the Neverland inspired 'Bangarang'. This winter make way for 'The Moroccan Medina', a sky high hideaway inspired by the romanticism of the beguiling ancient city of Marrakesh.
Next time you need a caffeine hit why not take it from a cup brewed from Jamaican beans grown under a canopy of rainforest-preserving trees, whilst eating a home made vegan banana bread as you sit among an array of sweetly scented blooms. Welcome to Mento, Finsbury Park.
Pilgrim, the newest kid to Hackney's pop-up scene, is a unique dining experience inspired by the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage. This six course tasting menu includes regional dishes with a contemporary twist not yet seen before in London.