London's oldest leather bar
Practically untouched since its April 1985 opening (with dusty boots dangling from the ceiling to prove it), John Edwards's bar Backstreet abides by its strict fetish dress code, and the pay-off for its loyal leather and rubber clientele is an unfussy, dark and atmospheric cruising space — 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 and intimate 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. By 2015 Hunter was something of a leatherman in residence here, staging various themed leather nights. 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 first Tuesday 7–11pm for Backstreet Gentlemen. 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. AS OF LATE OCTOBER 2015 BACKSTREET IS TEMPORARILY CLOSED OWING TO "AN ELECTRICAL FAULT".
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 and Tue Backstreet Gentlemen)
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Loved itA real leather bar with real leather men!
flynnmic is now a fan
what a disappointment20 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
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Nice and relaxed leather barFirst to Review