Where to Eat, Meet and be Merry
London's reputation as a culinary wasteland is long gone. Now famous for quality, with more Michelin stars than Paris, and for diversity, offering a menu that includes items from every corner of the globe.
Gay and lesbian specific
Balans, 60 Old Compton Street
Almost the official London gay restaurant set right at the heart of Soho and open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, Balans serves up large portions in a fun, lively atmosphere. The more intimate Balans Café serving a similar menu is down the road.
Bohème Kitchen and Bar, 19 Old Compton Street
Proving you can do sophisticated food in an atmosphere that often seems more like a club than a restaurant, BKB, as it's known, is a magnet for fashionable gays and straights alike.
Mildreds, 45 Lexington Street
Offering fresh, adventurous and tasty international vegetarian dishes, including yummy veggie burgers, tagines with couscous, curries and detox salads. And inexpensive to boot!
Gay and lesbian interest
Les Trois Garcons, 1 Club Row
The interior of the gloriously flamboyant Les Trois Garcons is almost museum worthy. Resplendent with stuffed animals covered in jewels, antiques and chandeliers, this restaurant takes high-camp to extremes.
Bistrotheque, 23-27 Wadeson Street
Slightly off the beaten track in Hackney, the very stylish Bistrotheque is well worth a visit. Inspired by traditional English and French cuisine, the food is superb and immaculately served.
The Wolseley, 160 Piccadilly
The talk of the town and a real favourite with world-class celebrities whether they are artists or movie stars, this enormous Viennese-style restaurant is expensive but offers a real sense of occasion. Be sure to book in advance.
Sketch, 9 Conduit Street
What was once Christian Dior's showroom, is now a funky, eclectic, edgy and contemporary space in the unique and creative complex. The food is playful and creative modern French/European. The set menu is a good deal and includes champagne. There's even a weekend midnight feast.
BusabaEathai, 106-110 Wardour Street
Dark and glamorous with huge square tables for sharing, Busaba offers sophisticated Thai food at surprisingly low prices. Expect to queue outside at peak times.
Coffee, Cake & Kink, 61 Endell Street
A stylish and unique space where you can enjoy a luscious cup of fresh Monmouth coffee, enjoy a slice of cake, view the current exhibition as well as browse and buy from a selection of kinky gifts.
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