The Backstreet

93% love it
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. Includes a candlelit part-heated outdoor smoking area with an industrial feel. Post-10pm Friday and Saturday hours enforce the dress code, while the 6–10pm and 6–11pm slots cater to special interests such as Buff (Wed, Sat and Sun), office-wear enthusiasts Gentlemen (first Tue) and Spandexguys (first Sat). Check website for details. In January 2014, following a period of relatively lacklustre attendance, leather, rubber and cigar aficionado Brew Hunter hit big with new night Mastery ('leather, smoke & submission'), albeit with an upped entrance fee. Successful Mastery offshoots have included Down & Dirty and Meat Rack — with near-imperceptible differences among them — and the bar's premiere rubber night, RUBBRD [sic], which started April 2016. Formal-wear leather specialists BLUF also stage their events here, plus fetish- and cigar-friendly Ignite. In short, London's finest fetish establishment, with leather waistcoats available to borrow should you arrive in only textiles. Located just a minute's walk from Mile End tube station on the District and Central lines.
  • Wentworth Mews
    London, England E3 4UA
  • East
  • Website
  • Thu 10pm—2am
    Fri and Sat 10pm—3am
    Sun 10pm—1am (plus early evening Wed/Sat/Sun Buff and Tue Backstreet Gentlemen)
  • +44 20 8980 8557
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    • DavidOPerson
      DavidOPerson 10 months ago
      Loves it

      The ultimate den of iniquity for rubber and leather pursuits, whether 40 in attendance or 240. Organic, a bit festery, nice.

    • CKDexterHaven
      CKDexterHaven Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Atmosphere. Music. Patina.

    • chriskingry
      chriskingry Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Loved it
      A real leather bar with real leather men!

    • Mattbb
      Mattbb Over a year ago
      Hates it

      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

    • Henrik
      Henrik Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Nice and relaxed leather bar