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London's oldest leather bar
Practically untouched since its April 1985 opening (with dusty boots dangling from the ceiling to prove it), Backstreet abides by its strict fetish dress code, and the pay-off for its loyal leather and rubber clientele is an unfussy, dark, atmospheric and rather trippy cruising space for the sex-inclined — the closest thing London has to an old-style European leather bar. Tall boots guarantee free entry on Fridays and full rubber does the same on Saturdays. Includes a small part-heated outdoor smoking area with an industrial feel. Specialist events include a first-Sunday-of-the-month lycra night Heros (6—10pm), recommended Rubber Reunion (every two months), semi-regular BLUF parties (alternates host duties with the Hoist), occasional fetish- and cigar-friendly Ignite, plus Brew Hunter's popular Mastery gathering (a sexier version of BLUF?), which started January 2014. And there's also naked cruise party Buff, which unveils itself every Wed 7–11pm, Sat 6–10pm and Sun 6–10pm (except first Sun of the month). Lingerie-fetish night Linger joined the club's roster in June 2014 (first Thursday of the month), and men in suits escape from the office every third Friday 6–10pm. Plus Pups at Play (last Thursday of the month). In-house Friday/Saturday-only leather/rubber shop the Dogs Bolloxx [see entry] opened 18 April 2015.

Tags: Men Only, Leather, Backroom, Smoking Area, Outdoor Patio, Rubber, Naked

Wentworth Mews, Mile End
London, England E3 4UA

+44 20 8980 8557
Thu 10pm—2am; Fri and Sat 10pm—3am; Sun 10pm—1am (plus Wed/Sat/Sun Buff)


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  • chriskingry gave this place *
    Loved it
    A real leather bar with real leather men!

    September 24

  • September 24

  • flynnmic is now a fan

    April 19, 2013

  • Mattbb gave this place *
    what a disappointment
    20 years ago this was the fetish place to be. Now its almost empty apart from a few guys talking about opera. The scene has moved on this place hasnt

    November 18, 2012

  • Henrik is now a fan

    December 8, 2010

  • Henrik gave this place *
    Nice and relaxed leather bar
    first review First to Review

    May 1, 2010