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The Nelson’s Head London

The Nelson’s Head London

Address 32 Horatio Street; London E2 7SB
by Hackney and Queensbridge Road
Neighbourhood Bethnal Green, Haggerston | See on map
Tube Hoxton [Overground]
Telephone +44 20 7729 5595
Website http://www.nelsonshead.com/
Hours Mon-Wed 16-23. Thur-Sat 15-14. Sun 09-23.

Update February 2015: Nelson’s Head has closed. While the Nelson’s Head isn’t really a ‘proper’ gay bar, the East London pub has become a magnet for enough Hackney homos and gipsters to warrant a listing.

The Halloween parties (dress-up mandatory) are legendary, and other claims to fame include the fancy dress competitions for dogs (the four-legged kind) and its OTT Christmas decorations. But the real hero is the killer jukebox and its endless supply of party-friendly pop classics.

Popular with locals, it gets absolutely rammed, particular during the pre-club warm-up hours on weekends. Bring a mate and get cosy.