If you’re on the hunt for go-to lesbian bars and clubs, London has its fair share of options. From East London to Soho Central, there are plenty of lesbian hotspots in London that are reopening and “popping up”, eager to welcome LGBTQ clubgoers back into the scene.
While most of London’s gay bars cluster around Soho, you’ll be surprised to find some hidden (and bedazzled) gems scattered across this bustling city. If you love delicious cocktails, live music, and meeting other outgoing women, read on and discover the best lesbian bars in London, England!
Where to find it: Hosting events across London
Mint is one of the longest-running lesbian events companies in London, operating for over 13 years. Since launching in 2006, the sophisticated LGBT group has hosted hundreds of exuberant social events – the place welcomes nearly 600 guests to each event!
You’ll have to attend at least one of these exciting lesbian and bisexual parties:
- Mint Party: These are by far one of the best lesbian parties to hit up in London. Hosting 600+ women in sophisticated venues such as Soho House, Century Club, and more.
- Mint Social: If you love a good pop-up venue, Mint Social hosts events in London favourites like the Met Bar and Golden Bee.
- Mint Network: Low-key club-goers will enjoy this more intimate get-to-know-you event.
- Mint Tease: Mint Tease welcomes top erotic performers to tickle every voyeur’s fancy – whether with fist-pumping DJ sets or an enticing shibari show.
Plus, Mint is more than just a chic lesbian space in London – this multifaceted community welcomes all women and allies for Pride and other large-scale LGBT events.
Where to find it: 23a Old Compton Street
She Soho is a standalone lesbian bar that boasts chic interiors and laid-back club nights. Unlike other venues, the woman-exclusive door policy states that London bar-goers must identify as a woman or be accompanied by one to enter.
She bar is a local lesbian haven. This beautifully curated Old Compton St venue is perfect for when you want to take a break from the male-dominated club environment.
While She Soho makes for a relaxed weekday visit, you won’t want to miss their explosive weekend club nights – no men allowed! Drop by to witness some of London’s most hilarious gay comedy, live music, and seductive burlesque acts.
Where to find it: East London
Femmme Fraiche has been making waves in the London lesbian scene since 2015. Part of East London’s Gay Bar – Dalston Superstore. Femmme Fraiche is a versatile event night that can appeal to a variety of tastes!
Femmme Fraiche offers a club experience that you don’t often find in London. More than your ordinary gay bar event, it is also a platform for rising burlesque and cabaret dancers, drag queens, and hostesses! This daring and debaucherous night has an impressive lineup of world-class performers and amateurs within the gay scene.
Femmme Fraiche events at Dalston Superstore uses the space amazingly well and is split into two distinct sections:
- The top floor is guilty pleasure galore, playing 00s pop and nostalgic bangers all night long.
The downstairs is where things get dirty! It’s dark, it’s sweaty, and it’s bass-y – and we LOVE it!
Where to find it: Hosting events across London
Are you in search of something outside of nightlife? Lez’s tropical haven is one of London’s most stunning outdoor day venues. This Coachella-themed company hosts festival-type brunches with bottomless cocktails that’ll keep you flirty and thirsty!
Every night, this lesbian crew graces all-time favourite venues with the best DJs and musicians in London. Plus, Lez is a space where club-goers can dress and dance to their hearts’ desires – don’t be surprised if you spot glittery nipple tassels, polka-dotted bikinis, and queer pirates around every corner.
If you love boozy merriment in the light of day, you can’t miss Lez’s Sunday brunches. Guests can partake in bottomless rum-glugging paired with a delicious Caribbean meal!
Royal Vauxhall Tavern
Where to find it: Kennington Lane
The Royal Vauxhall Tavern is possibly South London’s longest-surviving gay bar. Flamboyant, loud, and free-spirited, there is something for everyone at this charismatic pub.
This Grade-II listed building is the first of its kind to gain recognition for inclusivity in London. Its diverse environment is home to some of London’s greatest queer artists and performers, from Myra Dubois to David Hoyle!
If you’re not too big a fan of London nightclubs, the Royal Vauxhall is a welcome change of scenery. Here, you can enjoy anything from quirky bingo to poetry readings with fellow queers.
Rupert Street Bar
Where to find it: Rupert Street
Also located in Soho, Rupert Street Bar caters to all members of the LGBTQ spectrum. One of the more elegant London bars, Rupert Street is ideal for meeting new people while ordering from a delectable and upscale drinks menu. Happy Hour is the best time for lesbians, queers, and allies to make the most of its bottomless dirty martinis.
This Soho venue is perfect for women who love to get dressed up. Put on your best cocktail dress and flashiest earrings before spending your nights here!
Where to find it: Wardour Street
If you love London gay bars and venues with intergalactic mirrorballs, go-go dancing, and poles, you won’t have any complaints at Freedom Bar. One of London’s favourite clubs for lesbians, you’ll love dancing your nights away at this atmospheric pub.
You can either enjoy this London bar’s dance floor or toast to a fizzy flute of champagne upstairs. Meanwhile, if you’re a fan of top 40 hits, head down to the plush party basement bar.
Stylish and sophisticated, people love this venue’s theatrical atmosphere. Bars like Freedom even attract many West End performers on special occasions!
Where to find it: Lisle Street
One of the most well-loved pubs among the gay community, Ku Bar was one of the first to hit Soho Central and remains an undeniable fan favourite years later.
Cheery and home to London’s sexiest bar staff – ahem, award-winning sexiest bar staff – Ku is a venue even its employees can enjoy on the clock! Its extra-warm heaters are perfect for keeping its shirtless staff, well, shirtless and lust-worthy!
While this gay bar is a space for everyone on the LGBT spectrum, Ruby Tuesdays are just for lesbians. Hectic, blissful, and wild, party-seekers will want to be on Leicester Square after work hours.
Where to find it: East London
This London-grown underground rave space is by and for the trans & womxn community looking for a night to remember. Koodeta – pronounced coup d’etat – is home to a line-up of impressive musicians such as Stephanie Sykes, Ireen Amnes, and M.A.N., among others.
It also partners with Body Movements, the mastermind behind London’s first queer dance music festival. Techno enthusiasts will enjoy more than their fair share of the best electronic bops in the country at this trans-run club.
Where to find it: Soho and Villiers Street
Located in the heart of Soho, G-A-Y London hosts some of the queer community’s favourite events. From its Sync or Sing Fridays to Defying Musicals Saturdays, there is always something to knock your socks off at this gay and lesbian bar.
GBar-goers can hit the scene in four different locations – G-A-Y- Bar, Late, Heaven, and Manchester. If you’re a fan of lecherous stripping competitions or breathtaking drag queens, G-A-Y is the place to be! To add, G-A-Y Bar has a dedicated floor for lesbians and queer women.
The Bottom Line
Lesbians exploring new city scenes will love checking out what London has to offer. Thanks to its increasingly accepting and diverse culture, London has become a queer capital with something for all walks of life. So, what are you waiting for? Book that London hotel and start ticking off your event to-do list! Stay in the loop with what the gay side of London has to offer by signing up for Nonchalant Magazine’s newsletter. Every month, get information, advice, trends, and coming out stories published by and for the queer women community.