A string of London's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender LGBT bars and clubs have closed their doors in the past year. The theory goes that society is becoming better integrated, meaning gay people feel more open to visiting "straight bars", lessening the demand for gay-only or predominantly gay venues. Paul McKeating, 33, from Stoke Newington, says: "Most places in east London or Peckham, where I would go out, feel like safe places to me, and I don't feel there's much point in drawing a line between 'gay' and 'straight' bars. The year-old, from Walworth, says: "While it's easier now than ever to be gay, you still have communities that want to celebrate the things that make them different, and why shouldn't we be allowed to do that? Where else could you do that?
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Where to Party All Night in London
London has one of the coolest clubbing scenes in the world. It has hundreds of nightclubs playing all kinds of music so choosing this list wasn't easy. These are the best nightclub venues rather than specific not club nights, as the special nights come and go but the best venues remain. Ministry of Sound London attracts people each weekend and has three dance floors and three bars.
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10 best drag clubs in London with the best drag shows
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They survived homophobia and Thatcher. But is gentrification now sounding the death knell for gay clubs and pubs? We meet the artists battling to save them. Each performer was wearing an architectural model on their head, and instead of lip-syncing, they were reading out snippets of planning and licensing documents.