London has an LGBTQ scene steeped in history, with queer pubs dating back as far as the 17th century. From glitzy cocktail lounges to dingy drag dens, London’s scene is one of the most vibrant and hedonistic on the planet. Beyond the world of cocktails, there are countless reasons why LGBTQ travelers are drawn to England’s capital. West End shows, avant-garde shopping opportunities, and historical sights galore being just a few of them.
Soho has the highest density of pubs and bars, but a wide range of watering holes can be found in neighborhoods throughout the city. With a rich history of drag and cabaret, Vauxhall follows Soho as the second-most-happening area, and it’s not short of a fetish club or two, either. Shoreditch, Islington, and Camden are other thriving queer hotspots, each of them with a unique vibe of its own. While the city is blessed with a huge number of LGBTQ bars compared to the average city, these are the nine best ones to hit up, from casual pubs to all-night discos.