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The Big Smoke, the Great Wen or London Town, it's swinging and calling! Use our 60by80 gay guide to London to explore the British capital, with Club, Queen and King-sized recommendations on what to see and do, and where to eat, shop and go out.

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Friday afternoon.


Fernandez & WellsCLUB-SIZED
Ease into London with a bite at Soho's Fernandez & Wells, where media types queue for some of the best sandwiches in town. Then peruse at Riflemaker, the gunmaker shop turned art gallery, until it's time for happy hour at The Yard.

Rivington PlaceQUEEN-SIZED
Head East to explore Rivington Place, London's new multi-purpose visual arts space, before getting a proper taste of home (and reality) with the best meatballs this side of Italy at Jonathan Downey's new joint, Giant Robot.

Quo VadisKING-SIZED
Restored back to its former glory, smart and clubby, Soho legend Quo Vadis makes a suitable food stop before beating the weekend crowds at the imposing Tate Modern, home, of course, to the nation's largest collection of contemporary art.

 

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Friday evening.


Bocca di LupoCLUB-SIZED
Crack your whip in the direction of Tom Dixon's Circus for a theatrical dinner experience complete with fire-breathing ballerinas, kaleidoscopic mirrors and half-naked dancers running riot on the central 'Stage Table'.

BistrothequeQUEEN-SIZED
Bistro-style and host to many a cabaret night, Bistrotheque is a bit arty, a bit industrial, but verrrrry fashion dahling. But despite its luvvy sensibilities, it's open and welcoming no matter what label you're touting.

ViajanteKING-SIZED
For an unforgettable dining experience, make a reservation for Nuno Mendes' sparkling new restaurant Viajante. Set in the amazing surrounds of the Townhouse Hotel, the menu-less courses are a journey for the adventurous.

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Friday night.


Lo ProfileCLUB-SIZED
Gaydar gets physical with its Lo Profile club. The cruising site's clubbing venture may be underground but it sure as hell isn't hiding anything. Warm up with drinks at the busy Rupert Street bar.

Circa SohoQUEEN-SIZED
Take a swing around the preppier version of the Soho gay circuit, starting at Circa, then show off your new Marc Jacobs top, moving on to Shadow Lounge, one of London's finest, and original, gay clubs.

Ronnie Scott'sKING-SIZED
Dimly lit and smoky, but the line up is always varied and exciting at London's premier jazz venue Ronnie Scott's. Style it up with the style crowd afterwards at nearby Sketch, Mourad Mazouz's slightly OTT experience.

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Saturday morning.


RIB Thames ToursCLUB-SIZED
Get a wet start to the day with RIB Thames Tours, not your usual river tour, before exploring the Hayward and the rest of the Southbank Centre or taking a swing on the London Eye.

The Wapping ProjectQUEEN-SIZED
For a morning excursion head to The Wapping Project. The extraordinary space of this ex-power station really dictates the pace of the exhibitions which fit themselves around the venue.

GagosianKING-SIZED
Go gallery hopping in Mayfair where White Cube, Hauser & Wirth and the Gagosian await you, before visiting Treasures from Budapest at the Royal Academy, one of this year's art blockbusters.

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Saturday afternoon.


GelupoCLUB-SIZED
If a full meal deal at Italian hot-spot Bocca di Lupo is too pricey, then head over to their brand new offshoot Gelupo for the best ice-cream and pastries in Soho-town. Then attack Carnaby Street's quirky boutiques, or go boy spotting and designer hunting at Selfridges.

AutomatQUEEN-SIZED
Fashionistas fill up at Mayfair's Americana diner Automat. It's a convenient stop before some sophisticated retail therapy at Comme des Garçon's Dover Street Market, Paul Smith's No 9 or department store gem Liberty.

The IvyKING-SIZED
Brit-fare for the famous at The Ivy, which despite the hype and slavish celebrity fans, serves a surprisingly unpretentious menu of British favourites including fish and chips. Digest with a West End matinee, say Legally Blonde.

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Saturday evening.


BalansCLUB-SIZED
A varied menu of favourites at Balans Soho, from Caesar Salads to quesadillas, makes the perfect accompaniment to some people watching by its windows, Old Compton's raison d'être any time of the day.

Les Trois GarçonsQUEEN-SIZED
Embrace yourself for an over the top dining experience. Antique curiosities, artsy hangings and a baroque sensibility that, if the food wasn't so good, could easily act as a distraction at Les Trois Garçons.

Alain Ducasse at the DorchesterKING-SIZED
Sample a 'Cookpot' at Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester dining destination. Whilst the food sounds rustic enough, the environs are far from – try and get seated at the otherworldy Chef's Table, surrounded by strands of silvery light and hidden away from prying eyes.


Saturday night.


Royal Vauxhall tavernCLUB-SIZED
Hardcore clubbers head to the gay village in Vauxhall where Fire and Area play tag for non-stop weekend clubbing. Start the night with some alternative entertainment with Duckie and Amy Lamé at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern.

East BlocQUEEN-SIZED
Hipper than hip, Dalston Superstore has become known for its eclectic line ups and fashionista theme nights. If that's too much attitude for you, nearby East Bloc is equally popular with stubbled prettyboys and a rotating Saturday line-up.

ParamountKING-SIZED
Centre Point divides opinion - an eyesore and an architectural gem? However, once you've ascended to the 33rd floor Paramount, drink in hand, you'll be hard-pressed to complain about anything.


Sunday day.


Notting Hill-PortobelloCLUB-SIZED
Though part of the Soho House group, anyone is welcome to dine and brunch at The Electric Brasserie. Just down the street you have the Sunday masses invading the area to get to Portobello Market.

Columbia Road-Cheshire StreetQUEEN-SIZED
Recover with a luxe brunch in the private cinema at rock'n'roll hotel The Sanctum Soho before heading east to nose around specialist boutiques and blooms on Columbia Road or mingle with designers and craft makers at Brick Lane's Old Truman Brewery.

The WolseleyKING-SIZED
Brunch, not subtlety, on the menu at The Wolseley - high, barrel vaulted ceilings, wall frescos and silver service. The rest of Sunday? Best spent at Soho House's cool Shoreditch House. Members only, but booking a treatment at the Cowshed spa gets you in.


Sunday evening.


BarrafinaCLUB-SIZED
For some nibbles that won't leave you bloated, Barrafina offers just that. The go-to locale in Soho for the finest quality tapas made with fresh ingredients and the minimum of fuss.

Pizza EastQUEEN-SIZED
Soho House's brand spanking new pizzeria gets non-members in on a slice of the action. Pizza East is within a stone's throw of the group's East End outpost, Shoreditch House and spices up your capricciosa with some people watching.

Galvin Bistrot de LuxeKING-SIZED
Treat yourself at Galvin Bistrot de Luxe, one of London's culinary reference points. A classic, clubby establishment with beautiful understated 30s décor, impeccable service and gutsy French cuisine for an entente cordiale.


Sunday night.


Horse Meat DiscoCLUB-SIZED
The original 'queer party for everyone', Horse Meat Disco is one of London's most established Sunday club nights with golden age disco to go Ga-Ga for. Need something more hardcore? Then Fire's the place to be.

The George & DragonQUEEN-SIZED
With its daft interiors and cheesy music, The George & Dragon in Hoxton gets rammed to the rafters with fashion folk and trendsetters come the weekend and is a great way to end it. Still not tired? Carry on at The Joiners Arms.

The SandersonKING-SIZED
Less of a scene than its St Martins Lane cousin, the Long Bar at The Sanderson is the perfect place to sip a sophisticated cocktail, especially on Sundays when most of the weekend amateurs have returned to the burbs.

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