G-A-Y (at Heaven)

99% love it
The young, the restless and the G-A-Y
The enduringly popular G-A-Y remains one of London's defining gay institutions, especially among the under-25s. Started in 1976, the dance-and-cruise club spent most of its iconic years in Charing Cross Rd, in various sections of the London Astoria (a former cinema). Until the late 1980s the club night went by the name of Bang!, but was changed to G-A-Y when taken over by Bang! DJ Jeremy Joseph in the early 1990s. In 2008, anticipating the Astoria's much-protested demolition, Joseph took G-A-Y to subterranean homo haven Heaven for a thriving afterlife, which continues today. Expect a decidedly young, pop-loving, good-natured, energized crowd, with the occasional big-name pop star appearing on stage. In 2013 Joseph basically bought out Heaven (the former wine cellar of Charing Cross Hotel), which Jeremy Norman originally opened to much fanfare in 1979. Richard Branson owned Europe's most famous gay venue between 1982 and 2003, and it was here in late 1983 that Frankie Goes to Hollywood filmed their then-notorious "Relax" video. G-A-Y nights happen on Thursday, Friday and Saturdy, with Friday's Camp Attack closest in spirit to the old days at the Astoria. There's Porn Idol on Thursday, plus Monday's mostly gay Popcorn ("hedonistic Latin-charged dance"). Tube stations: Embankment and Charing Cross.


    • Aryzol
      Aryzol 3 weeks ago
      Loves it

      Absolutely amazing place which I swear by! I had my leaving do, coming out party and various others other things here and I have not been disappointed once. Seriously the best GAY bar/club I have ever been! God! It even has a bashment night! The bad stuff : there have been some serious issues I have had is before entry. Interesting comments "I don't look Gay enough" and clear discrimination of the "race" of those let in by those in charge of entry. This is a serious flaw. However once you get in its unbeatable. Just make sure to have a plan B.

    • morpingu
      morpingu Over a year ago

      Very friendly staff, inexpensive prices, fantastic venues ranging from elevated great dance floors to lodges to cool down. Ventilation is really good by the way.

    • Rashidshabbir
      Rashidshabbir Over a year ago
      Loves it

      One of the best places in london for gays

    • anotherusername
      anotherusername Over a year ago
      Hates it

      Bad door staff
      Door staff must learn to respect the customers who are paying their wages.

    • TaraG
      TaraG Over a year ago

      My G-A-Y (at Heaven) review.
      Hello. I have went to G-A-Y (at Heaven) some months ago for the first time. It is a large space for many people to dance along with a stage many people can dance on. I love to dance so this is awesome to have! Now I notice there were plenty of men here but hardly any women. I am lesbian so I was expecting to see women I could dance and flirt with. Oh I almost forgot there is a coat check so if you bring your coat/jacket you can pay. So you don't have to worry about misplacing it while dancing or drinking or talking.

    • svenji
      svenji Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Most famous gay club in London - a landmark for all gay men. Get your free entry wristband from G-A-Y Bar on Old Compton Street, Soho.

    • syl
      syl Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Awesome place to party...

    • lukas1995
      lukas1995 Over a year ago
      Loves it

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    • bobby54
      bobby54 Over a year ago
      Loves it

      My partner, my best friends and I always go here at least once when we're in the UK. The music is great, the staff is friendly and the boys young and not so young are always great to look at . Check this place out you won't be sorry!

    • LondonGuy123
      LondonGuy123 Over a year ago
      Hates it

      The most famous club in London
      G-A-Y at Heaven is one of the most iconic London gay clubs. The place is really huge and has six different bars dance floors featuring mostly pop, dance and RnB hits. It attracts mostly younger crowd, however, everyone is welcomed here and can feel like at home which makes this club so popular. On Saturdays they usually have some famous pop stars performing. Arrive before 11:30 pm to avoid a long queue. For free or discounted entry get a wristband in or in front of G-A-Y bar from one of the club promoters.

    • EpicDAS
      EpicDAS Over a year ago

      Over crowded and slow bar service

    • gymnetic83
      gymnetic83 Over a year ago

      Lame. Lame. Lame. Nice dance floor but the drinks are not going to get u tipsy especially the hard liquor. Save your pounds. Cheers to somewhere else.

    • BlackMambaTUL
      BlackMambaTUL Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Love this place! I have never been to a club as fun as this! The people, the staff...everything was amazing! It was huge I can not wait to visit London again just to visit this place! Bravo!