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XXL (at Pulse) *

Big club for big men and many others
Very popular club luring cruisy, older bears (ex-1970s/80s clones) and their younger protégés, rubbing up against less stalky and less bearded but still hungry onlookers. Established in 2000 by Mark Ames. In March 2012 XXL moved from Arcadia (formerly the Arches) to Pulse — an enormous south-of-the-river club that opened March 2011. Monthly night XXL Leather combines bulk and...leather, much of it literally harnessed. Located five minutes' walk north of Southwalk tube station, a minute west of Tate Modern. Also ten minutes west of London Bridge.

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

1 Invicta Place, Southwark (Blackfriars Rd)
London, England E3 3RZ

+44 20 7403 9643
Wed 9pm—3am; Sat 10pm—6am


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  • richard.kiddle gave this place *
    XXL has lost it's charm
    Currently £15 entry-that's before you pay for coat check & drinks-this an expensive and (since XXL moved to Pulse) soulless experience. The club is vast with several rooms,bars & dance floors. You will certainly have plenty to look at! I preferred XXL at it's old venue, now it all feels very impersonal & harder to meet new friends. It has lost the sense of intimacy that the old club had. Seems Owner Mark Ames is all about milking the pink pound rather than the customer experience. The 2 lovely outside smoking areas of the previous venue has gone too,now you are just stood on the street outside & made to feel like a social lepor. Yes, smoking is a bad habit but the fact is lots of gay men do smoke. It's a free country & my choice to smoke-I don't need a supposedly inclusive gay club to make me feel like an outcast. The outside areas in the old venue were always busy & fostered lots of conversation. That vibe has gone. For this reason alone I will not be going back. The music on the main large dance floor is very unimaginative handbag-house-expect Kylie,Rihanna,Beyoncé & similar generic pop. They have been playing some of these songs for years now (Kylie's "The One" for example) and it's wearing thin, sadly what was once a nice friendly clubbing experience has become an impersonal,sterile and tedious one.

    Mar 15 at 11:33pm ·

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