Panto, porn stars & parties: Christmas in Gay London 2014

With the first Christmas windows now on display and event details emerging, here’s a first cut of Christmas parties and events in the run up to the festive season.

We’ll be updating this page over the coming weeks with more events. Also follow us on Twitter for regular updates.

For the readers outside the UK planning to visit London, do not be surprised to find the capital relatively quiet as most residents leave the city to return home for Christmas, returning for New Year celebrations.

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Gay club night “Popstarz” bids farewell to London – The Coronet Theatre, Friday 28 November

One of the first London club nights we ever heard about in the 1990s was Popstarz – just after it had launched in 1995 when Britpop was at its height in the UK.

Now we’d be lying if we said we were regular patrons of the club. However, we couldn’t ignore the fact that, at just shy of 20 years of age, Popstarz, is bidding farewell to London with its last ever party.

Popstarz has had countless homes in its two decades (the full list reads like a history of London venues!) and it’s final party will be at The Coronet Theatre (28 New Kent Road, Elephant & Castle, SE1 6TJ) on Friday 28 November.

Occupying three rooms in the Coronet Theatre, Popstarz promises its biggest party yet, with the main stage transformed into an “Indie 3D theatre” and two rooms dedicated to pop and R’n’B.

Popstarz Farewell Funfair, The Coronet Theatre, Friday 28 November

Popstarz Farewell Funfair, The Coronet Theatre, Friday 28 November

There’s more event details and ticket information on Facebook.

On a related note, we should add there is uncertainty over the long term future of The Coronet Theatre (home of course to We Party). 2015 could prove to be its final year.

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A Nightmare on Old Compton Street: Gay parties & events for Halloween in London, 2014

“Amateur night” is how one prolific London promotor describes it.

Like New Year’s Eve, Halloween is, depending on your point of view, one of the best or worst nights of the year for going out. Halloween itself falls on a Friday this year and here’s our rundown of Halloween parties and events.

We’ll be updating this page over the next week with more events. Also follow us on Twitter for regular updates.

If you’re inclined to plan ahead, we also have early Christmas and New Year listings online.

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The Royal Vauxhall Tavern sold to new owners; venue to undergo substantial refurbishment

The redevelopment of Vauxhall and Nine Elms has resulted in inevitable speculation about the future of gay venues in the area. Possibly the single most historic and highly regarded venue in the area is of course The Royal Vauxhall Tavern.

It has been announced tonight that The Royal Vauxhall Tavern has been sold to new owners, after incurring significant financial losses over the past few years.

The identity of the new owners has not been disclosed and is not yet known.

The venue will undergo an internal and external refurbishment with the 1st floor opened up as a champagne/wine bar.

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Pictures of the LGBT Pride Parade at Alemao favela in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on September 28, 2014

Colourful sights in the Alemao favela in the north zone of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on 28 September 2014, as the favela held its 2nd LGBT Pride Parade.

Good to see the sights of Rio on display, beyond the usual (and admittedly beautiful) picture postcard views of Copacabana and Ipanema.

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Gay Pride returns to Belgrade, Serbia, after a four year hiatus

Gay Pride returned to Belgrade Serbia, on Sunday 28 September, after a four year hiatus. The march is reported to have been without incident, led off from the main government building, with hundreds of participants carrying rainbow-colored balloons and flags, and banners proclaiming “Pride”, “Peace” and “Love”.

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The sound of New York’s Paradise Garage comes to the Ministry of Sound, London for World AIDS Day, 30 November 2014

We’re really looking forward to this.

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On Sunday 30 November, London and New York come together at the Ministry of Sound to celebrate the music of the New York club Paradise Garage in aid of the Terrence Higgins Trust and Gay Men’s Health Crisis New York.

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