Gay-Friendly London: Tonkotsu, The Pride, The Blitz Party And Ben Cohen…

Danny Hilton
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Danny Hilton
London Correspondent
September 3, 2013
3:28 a.m.

GuySpyers! I am a Londoner once more! After two years in Barcelona I’m back, living it up in the East End in Hoxton. So welcome to my new Gay-Friendly London column! Check it out for theatre, special events, food, drinks, where to relax and for the coolest gay-friendly parties around. Without further ado…

Eat
At Tonkotsu, a Japanese ramen restaurant on 63 Dean Street, Soho, metres from Old Compton Street in one of the gayest areas in town. Up until last week I’d only ever had Wagamama’s watery ramen offerings. Tonkotsu gives you the real deal – awesome, rich, tasty bowls, with some rather quirky cocktails too. The perfect spot for some quality food before, during, or after (closes 10:30pm) a night on the tiles. Read the full review here.

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See
The Pride, at Trafalgar Studios. Set in the 1950s and 2008, this time-travelling tale of gay love in different eras is some of the most powerful, warm and gripping theatre I’ve see in recent years. I empathised and could relate to the troubles, hopes and dreams of all the characters, at different stages of my life as a gay man. From being in denial, then closeted, then out, then slightly out of control, to being hopeful for the future – I’m sure you’ll feel similar too. Check out the full review here.

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Party
At The Blitz Party. Every man loves a man in uniform, right? This weekend sees the now infamous gay-friendly Blitz Party return to Shoreditch, East London. It’s been sold out for weeks but I was lucky enough to bag a pair of tickets. Read my story of getting fitted out in a 1940s military costume and find out if I got lucky at the party itself, next week… Tallyho chaps!

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Relax
At London Fields Lido, an East Londoners secret. This is the only heated public outdoor pool in the city, and as this is (perhaps) one of the last weeks of summery temperatures and sunshine we’re going to have this year, now is a great time to check it out. Expect a very mixed crowd ranging from families and children to some very sexy gay guys in speedos. Oh yes.

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Watch
The BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing returns to British TV screens this Saturday (7th September). Rugby star and gay rights advocate Ben Cohen is a contestant. There really isn’t any need to say anything else. Swoon.

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