Recommendations for the late May 2014 bank holiday weekend in Gay London

Two down. One to go!

It’s the last of the cluster of three bank holidays over April and May this year. And to business with some recommendations for the weekend:

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Friday 23 May 2014

Is this the return of Friday night clubbing in the West End? We hope so.

Bump has now been running on the fifth floor at Rise (1 Leicester Square) for a few weeks now, filling the void left by the closure of Lo Profile at the start of last year. It’s not the first gay night at Rise (Rise on Sunday and Club TinTin had short lived residencies there) but it’s a welcome move as Soho becomes over-run with yet more small-medium sized restaurant chains.

Outside of the West End, and something a little different, New York’s Danny Krivit returns to London for a night of disco at the Jazz Café in Camden (5 Parkway, NW1 7PG).

Saturday 24 May

To Saturday, and Trannyshack launches a new monthly Saturday night event at the Bloomsbury Ballroom (Victoria House, Bloomsbury Square, WC1B 4DA). Lady Bunny will make a guest appearance with Trannyshack regulars.

Jeremy Joseph has managed to secure the in-demand 2014 Gay Christmas Eurovision Song Contest winner Conchita Wurst for an appearance at G-A-Y at Heaven (The Arches, Villiers Street, WC2N 6NG). This will be a busy night, so arrival before 11.30pm is recommended.

In the East End, Vogue Fabrics (66 Stoke Newington Road, N16 7XB) goes back to 1986 a year that was on the cusp of the explosion of dance music culture in the UK. Tracks ranging from Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk to Janet Jackson, from Frankie Knuckles to Five Star, from Maze to Madonna, from Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley to Whitney Houston are promised.

Sunday 25 May

For Sunday, we’ll stick with our perennial fail safe Bank Holiday Sunday favourite Horse Meat Disco at The Eagle (349 Kennington Lane, SE11 5QY). As ever, arrive early before doors open at 8pm.

Finally, keep an eye out over the coming weeks for announcement from The Shadow Lounge about is current refurbishment and planned re-opening. In all honesty, it’s not a venue that has featured in our nights out, but if soundings are to be believed, the re-opening should be worth looking out for.

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