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worth a visit for the décor. EAST Les Trois Garcons, 1 Club Row, The Loft, 67 Clapham High
Cheaper at lunchtime than the Whitechapel, E1. 020-7613 Street, SW4. 020-7627 0792.
Bistrotheque, 23-27 Wadeson 1924. A former Victorian boozer, Upmarket and stylish restaurant,
OUR FAVOURITE RESTAURANTS AND
Street, Bethnal Green, E2. stuff ed with baroque decor bar and late-night haunt.
GAY-FRIENDLY DINING OPTIONS
La Porchetta, 141-142 Upper Modern, contemporary classy and antiques, creating a camp, Classic British dishes and lots of
Street, N1. 020-7288 2488. restaurant with basement bar culinary haven near Old Street. cocktails. Approx. £40 per head.
Great value pizza and pasta and cabaret room, and fi ne British/French menu. www. www.theloft-clapham.co.uk
restaurant, with possibly some dining upstairs – modern British loungelover.co.uk
CENTRAL Street, WC2. 020-7240 8042. of the biggest pizzas in London! cuisine and French bistro dishes The Riverside, 5 Hamilton
Long-running, gay-run café Sister branches in Finsbury Park – approx. £35 per head. www. Saf, 152-154 Curtain Road, House, 5 St George Wharf,
Amato, 14 Old Compton Street, and bar, serving homemade and Bloomsbury. Approx. £17 bistrotheque.com
Shoreditch, EC2. 020 7613 Vauxhall, SW8. Great pub food
Soho, W1. 020-7734 5733. Busy vegetarian dishes, coff ee and per head. 0007. A stylish and upmarket in upmarket, riverside gastropub
café and patisserie, off ering cakes. Lots of gay magazines, The Easton, 22 Easton Street, vegan and raw food restaurant that boasts terrifi c views of the
pasta dishes and a huge array community info and fl yers. Little Bay, 228 Belsize Road, WC1. 020-7278 7609. Cool – popular with London’s health- Thames.
of cakes. Very popular with gay www.fi
rstoutcafebar.com NW6. Wonderfully down-to- gastropub just off Exmouth conscious and conscientious
Roxy Bar and Screen,
Floridita, 100 Wardour Street, 128-132 Borough High
Balans, 60 Old Compton Street, W1. 020-7314 4000. Large, Street, SE1. 020 7407 4057.
W1. 020-7439 2183. The nearest glamorous Cuban-themed London’s unique, gay-friendly
Soho has to a gay restaurant, restaurant and bar, with regular cinema restaurant. Free fi lm
busy throughout the week and music acts and even occasional screenings – everything
open throughout the day and drag. Approx. £36 per head. from recent blockbusters to
night. Traditional British dishes www.fl oridita.co.uk
arthouse documentaries. www.
with Meditteranean and Asian roxybarandscreen.com
fl ourishes. Approx. £28 per head. L’Autre Pied, 5-7 Blandford
See also the nearby Balans Café Street, Marylebone Village, W1. Royal Teas, 76 Royal Hill,
at 34 Old Compton Street. www. 020 7486 9696. Chic, stylish, Greenwich, SE10. 020-8691
upmarket restaurant from the 7240. Delightfully charming café
same team that created the off ering tea, scones, cakes and
Bodeans, 10 Poland Street, Michelin-starred Pied-à-Terre other delights for an eclectic
W1. 020-7287 0506. Cheap and on Charlotte Street. Winner of crowd. Brit camp fabulousness.
cheerful barbecue restaurant, the BMW Square Meal Award www.royalteascafe.co.uk
with counter service upstairs and for Best New Restaurant Spring
restaurant down below. Popular 2008. Approx. £40 per head (or The Stonhouse, 165
with visiting Americans, plus the take advantage of the lunch and Stonhouse Street, SW4. Lovely
odd bear from the nearby Kings pre-theatre fi xed-price deals). Clapham gastropub with great
Arms! Branches also in Clapham, www.lautrepied.co.uk
steaks, burgers, salads and
Fulham and Westbourne Grove. sandwiches. Approx. £22 a head.
Ristorante Biagio, 189
Pictured here are renowned
drag troupe the Globe Girls,
diners. Approx. £24 per head. www.renaissancepubs.co.uk/SH
Piccadilly, W1. 020-7434-1921.
with celebrity fan Lorraine
Cha Cha Moon, 15-21 Great, authentic Italian food Kelly. The Globe Girls perform Upstairs Bar and Restaurant,
Ganton Street, Soho, W1. 020 in contemporary and smart regular Monday night cabaret Tinseltown, 44-46 St John 89b Acre Lane, SW2. Hidden
7297 9800. Newly-opened surroundings, spread over four
at the visually stunning
Street, Farringdon, EC1. Want a gem and local secret. Critically
noodle restaurant from Hong fl oors. Approx. £32 per head.
Gilgamesh (right) in Camden.
double cheeseburger and Mars acclaimed, eclectic European
Enjoy a Pan-Asian three
Kong-born restaurateur Alan Yau www.ristorantebiagio.co.uk
course meal and cabaret show
Bar Milkshake at 5am? Then menu, with emphasis on French
(Hakkasan). Great selection of
from as little as £20 per per-
24-hour, subterranean American cuisine. Limited choice but menu
soup-based dishes, wok-fried Stef’s, 3 Berners Street, W1 020- son – for future dates check diner Tinseltown is the place changes daily. Open Tue-Sat.
noodles and sides. 3073 1041. Huge, gay-friendly
to head. Round the clock diner www.upstairslondon.com
Italian – formerly Linda’s Pasta
(24/7) popular with late-night
Coff ee, Cake & Kink, 61 Bar on Poland Street – moved to clubbers – very near Fabric. WEST
Endell Street, Covent Garden, the other side of Oxford Street in Cool when quiet but avoid if
WC2. 020-7149 2996. ‘The only 2007. Pizza and pasta heaven. earth and charming restaurant Market. Sunday lunch is packed there’s a queue for entry. www. Balans Knightsbridge, 239
kinky café gallery in the UK’, serving Modern European with Clerkenwell-istas and tinseltown.co.uk
Old Brompton Road, SW5. 020-
this small little café features Wagamama, 10a Lexington cuisine at very reasonable prices the food is top notch. www. 7244 8838. Very gay-friendly
erotic art exhibitions, books, Street, Soho, W1. 020-7292 (particularly at lunchtime). theeaston.co.uk
SOUTH restaurant, off ering British and
prints, Fairtrade coff ee, pastries 0990. Our favourite branch Excellent value for money. Mediterranean dishes. Approx.
and cakes. Naughty, but nice. of the noodle chain, off ering Green and Red, 51 Bethnal Bonnington Café, 11 Vauxhall £28 per head. www.balans.co.uk
Open 11am-8am Sun-Thur and cheap, healthy Japanese delights Pick More Daisies, 12 Crouch Green Road, E1. 020 7749 9670. Grove, SW8. Cheap, cheerful
11am-11pm Fri-Sat. www. – great gyoza and… well, End Hill, N8. Californian café bar Fiesta-style restaurant with and very gay-friendly co- The Fat Badger, 310
noodles! £16 per head. Check - great for a weekend brunch Mexican food and a huge tequila operatively run vegetarian café Portobello Road, W10. Upmarket
website for other branches or Sunday lunch – attracting a selection - with basement in Bonnington Square. Pig out and classy gastropub, serving
Ed’s Diner, 12 Moor Street, W1. - www.wagamama.com
trendy-ish North London crowd. bar and dancefl oor area for on three courses for £10! http:// fi ne British cuisine. Good Sunday
020 7434 4439. Delightfully www.pickmoredaisies.com
s208303316.websitehome.co.uk roast. www.thefatbadger.com
kitsch, American-style 50s diner, NORTH
at the Shaftesbury Avenue end World Café, 130 Crouch Hill, Kenza, 10a Devonshire Square, El Panzon @ The Dogstar, S&M Café Portobello, 268
of Old Compton Street, great Gilgamesh, Camden View, Haringey, N8. 020-8340 5635. EC2. 020-7929 5533. Delightful 389 Coldharbour Lane, SW9. Portobello Road, W10. 020-8968
for burgers and milkshakes. Camden Stables Market, Chalk Trendy, chic, gay-friendly café and sumptuous subterranean Authentic Mexican and Tex-mex 8898. The sausage and mash
Check website for details of Farm Road, NW1. Huge, ornate for Crouch Hill crowd, serving Middle Eastern restaurant a restaurant and fantastic prices café (hence S&M!). Great British
other central London branches and lavish pan-Asian restaurant snacks, main meals and fab stone’s throw from Liverpool in the trendy Dogstar bar. Don’t grub in kitsch café surroundings.
with one of London’s most cappuccinos. Street station. Arabic interior and miss the burritos or the taco There are also branches in
stunning interiors. Food good mezza menu – approx. £35 per plate to share. Approx. £14 per Islington (N1) and Spitalfi elds
First Out, 52 St Giles High rather than outstanding, but head. www.kenza-restaurant.co.uk