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Endowed and stylish leather bar
Established in 1996 and still going rather strong, the Hoist is located under railway arches like many of Vauxhall's other gay clubs, but is far more considerate of extreme tastes, from serious leather, rubber and skinhead to light leather and dirty textiles. In the 2010s naked-only sessions have become a fixture, often outselling the fetish-minded: SBN/Stark Bollock Naked (the hugely popular Sunday afternoons and, from November 2012, Saturdays nights in the main arch) and NBN/Nearly Bollock Naked (Wednesday and Sunday evening). Other regular slots include CP/spanking club Boys & Sirs (Saturday afternoon), Office (formal work gear and underwear, Wednesday from 5pm), monthly SM Gays evenings (Thursday), monthly rubber club Gummi (Sunday), fisting-friendly nights and occasional formal-leather BLUF parties. In 2012 Arch 2, previously pretty much a murky darkroom for Arch 1 customers, became the basement-like Bar Berlin, playing host to (and refuge for) Arch 1 leather/rubber outcasts on Saturday nights. In March 2014 a documentary about the Hoist made by US directors Charles Lum and Todd Verow was screened at BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival. And on 20 June 2014 the Hoist's Arch 2 hosted queer polysexual fetish gathering Klub Fukk – the club's first ever women-inclusive sex event. An outlet of RoB vacated Arch 2 in July 2014, with the space returning to its original function as a cruising corridor. Private fetish parties have emerged as a rather big thing here, including the Stable (borrowing heavily from Germany's FickstutenMarkt).

Tags: Suits, Men Only, Transgender, Leather, Cruise Bar, Backroom, Naked, Uniform, Skins/Skinhead, Sportswear, Underwear

Arches 47b and 47c, South Lambeth Rd
London, England SW8 1RH

+44 20 7735 9972
Wed to Sun


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