Area nightclub in Vauxhall to close on Sunday 24 August 2014

If you’ve passed through Vauxhall recently, whether on foot or by train, you couldn’t fail to notice the extensive construction work taking place in the area.

This is part of a major regeneration project of Vauxhall and Nine Elms and surrounding areas which includes the relocation of the US Embassy and Dutch Embassy in the area and development of new residential accommodation towers, a Sainsburys supermarket as well as the extension of the Northern Line to Battersea and, of course, the well publicised redevelopment of Battersea power station.

In a move that has long seemed inevitable given how many gay businesses occupy prominent positions in railway arches close to Vauxhall’s transport links, it has been confirmed that Area nightclub on Albert Embankment (until recently host of Sunday morning after hours Beyond and former Friday night events Onyx & District XXX/Manic Panic) will close for the final time on Sunday 24 August 2014.

Area’s owners, Orange Nation, are at pains to confirm that they have secured a new lease in respect of the Fire complex, so this venue seems safe for now.

Area will be holding its Last Dance on Sunday 24 August 2014 from 9pm. This is likely to be a roadblock, so book in advance.

The closure of gay venues is certainly not restricted to London. Just a short time ago Toronto lost its world famous Fly nightclub and Splash Bar in New York closed last year. As we’ve said many times before, venues come and go and times change, but the closure of any venue is always a salutary reminder to never take your favourite bars and clubs for granted.

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Pictures of arriving guests at the launch of Attitude magazine’s “Hot 100″ party, Wednesday 16 July, London

Attitude magazine announced the results of its “Hot 100″ poll at the Paramount Club in Soho last night.

In news that will surprise nobody, Tom Daley topped the poll. Tom also features on the cover of the next issue of Attitude which is in the shops from 23 July.

Here are images of the guests arriving at the event, including Dan Osbourne and Shayne Ward, who featured in the Top 10:

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A few restaurant changes in Soho (Summer 2014)

Here are a few recent and forthcoming changes to restaurants in Soho:

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A quick wrap up of summer 2014 highlights in gay London

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Picture highlights from Madrid’s 2014 Gay Pride Parade & Pride Events

Arguably, there’s no city in the world that knows how to work hard and play hard like Madrid.

Madrid’s Pride celebrations attract crowds of local residents to the streets in numbers that can make other Pride events look barren by comparison.

Festivities officially launched on Wednesday 2 July with an opening speech from Conchita Wurst and performances by Conchita and Ruth Lorenzo. Events also included a high-heels race through the city’s Chueca district and the traditional pride parade on Saturday 5 July.

We also have picture highlights from Toronto, New York, and London.

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Nicole Sherzinger returns to at G-A-Y at Heaven, Saturday 12 July 2014 (now with pictures)

Nicole Sherzinger, sadly now a former X-Factor UK judge, returned to G-A-Y at Heaven on Saturday 12 July 2014. Nicole performed tracks from her new album “Your Love”, which is now on sale.

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Picture highlights from Worldpride 2014 in Toronto

Over the past ten days or so, Toronto has been hosting Worldpride 2014.

Worldpride officially opened on 20 June with a performance by Serena Ryder and Melissa Etheridge at Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto. Events also included a mass wedding for over 100 gay couples and a number of marches, culminating in the main Pride march through Toronto on Sunday, with a clearly very ebullient crowd, supervised by a very willing local police force.

On a less positive note, Worldpride also marked the penultimate weekend for Fly nightclub.

Some readers may recall London hosted Worldpride in 2012, and the less said about it the better! Worldpride 2015 is due to take place in Riga, Latvia (also under the name Europride).

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