Recommendations for the August Bank Holiday weekend in gay London

And so the last Bank Holiday before Christmas, and the weekend that marks the end of summer, is approaching. Here a few recommendations of events in London over the weekend. More events will be added as details come through over the next week.

Saturday 24 August

Starting in the West End, we have regulars Zach Burns at The Edge (Soho Square) and Adam Turner at Circa (62 Frith Street) in Soho. On a related note, it’s a little disappointing that occasional Saturday night events at The Green Carnation like BakeBox appear to have fallen by the wayside (Edit: I now understand Bromance returns to The Green Carnation Saturday 31 August.) As has been widely reported, ManBar on Charing Cross Road has new management, with physical changes to the venue and go-go dancers added to Friday and Saturday nights. Simply by walking past the venue, you can already notice the changes.

To Southwark, and it’s retro night at XXL at the capacious Pulse (Invicta Plaza) from 10pm to 6am.

And over at East Bloc (217 City Road), “The Men Who Fell 2 Earth” occupy the venue this Saturday for a Bank Holiday special featuring DJs Mark Moore, Jeffrey Hinton & Cover Girl and a live PA of “Sonnentanz (Sun Don’t Shine)” by Will Heard of Klangkarussell.

Sunday 25 August

Again starting in The West End, The Shadow Lounge (5 Brewer Street) hosts the 3rd birthday of Scandal with DJ Pier Morrocco (but please drop the velvet rope nonsense outside!) .

Moving to Vauxhall, Horse Meat Disco’s residents Jim Stantion and Luke Howard welcome special guest Kelvin Andrews at The Eagle (349 Kennington Lane). As always for a Bank Holiday weekend, arrival before the 8pm start is strongly recommended.

Over in East London, the regular Sunday night party Hot 2 Trott has settled in to its new home at East Bloc and joins The Bloc Party for a joint Bank Holiday Sunday party.

And staying East, Sink The Pink host their Bank Holiday Bender at Bethnal Green Working Mens Club (42-46 Pollard Row, Bethnal Green, E2 6NB) from 8pm until 2am.

Monday 26 August

Finally, Monday sees the return of the annual fund-raiser RVT/GMFA Sports Day featuring unapologetically daft games and acerbic commentary in the Vauxhall Spring Gardens from 2pm.

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