Brighton Pride returns on Saturday 2 August 2014 – Preston Park & official after party tickets now on sale

Brighton Pier August 2013

Brighton Pride, probably the single most popular pride event for Londoners outside the capital, returns once again on Saturday 2 August with the traditional parade through the city and festival from 12 noon in Preston Park.

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The Dreamboys say “Balls To Cancer” workin’ at the car wash

Here’s something we’re sure will be worth looking out for: Male dance droup The Dreamboys have this done a “car wash” shoot in East London for male cancer charity Balls To Cancer.

Hot stuff.

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A look back at archive photographic images of Soho in the 20th century (part 3)

Here is part three of our collection of archive images of Soho from the 20th century:

The Who, led by singer Roger Daltrey with John Entwistle on bass guitar (left), Keith Moon on drums and Peter Townshend on guitar (right), playing live on stage at the Marquee Club in Wardour Street in 1965.

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A look back at archive photographic images of Soho in the 20th century (part 2)

Here is part two of our collection of archive images of Soho from the 20th century:

Cabaret artist Vicky Autier pictured wearing new spring creations by French fashion designers, in front of a newspaper shop in Old Compton Street (1950).

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A look back at archive photographic images of Soho in the 20th century

The The Photographers Gallery has very recently exhibited a collection of photographs of the colourful characters of Soho in the 1950s and 1960s, such as Lucien Freud and Francis Bacon, by photographer John Deakin.

Soho has, of course, radically changed since then. Its bohemian reputation as a district for artists, writers and poets has long gone. Numerous clean-up operations by Westminster Council over the past two decades (BBC News 2002, BBC News 2009) have seen its role as the centre of London’s sex industry diminish significantly and has largely given way to mid-market restaurants and boutique hotels.

Prompted by the John Deakin exhibition, here’s part one of three collections of images of Soho from the 20th century.

Film drying at Kinemacolor House, 80-82 Wardour Street in 1915.

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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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