Visiting London and want to find out more about what kind of strip clubs are on offer?
London, with a population of 8.6 million people, is Europe’s largest capital city yet covers an area of just 1,623 sq. km (Paris covers 2,500sq. km). With visitor numbers of almost 19 million, it is little wonder that the Big Smoke needs to be on form when it comes to entertainment. Fortunately, the UK’s capital city has plenty for everyone, even those who are looking for something a little more erotic…
In this guide, we bring you the details of twenty strip bars you can find in London; from the West End and Soho to the city and beyond.
- 1 Soho
- 2 West End
- 3 City
- 4 East London
- 5 West London
Soho is a an area in London’s West End that has long been considered the centre of the city’s entertainment district and includes many of the capital’s red-light venues. Bordered by the famous Regent Street, Oxford Street, Charing Cross Road and Leicester Square, Soho covers an area of one square mile and has four major strip clubs.
5 Brewer St, Soho, London W1F 0RF
One of two venues for SophistiCats, the Soho club is a new establishment offering lap, table and private dancing.
Brewer Street is a ‘trendy’ area and the club maxes out on this appeal with an elegant but hip style offering a gentleman’s club experience for those too young to remember the way it was done in the seventies.
There’s a full bar and VIP area offering table service and the girls are hand-selected to provide great beauty and dancing talent.
There’s a cover charge of £20 with drinks being priced reasonably (for London) and dances being extra. The club regularly receives good reviews and is one of the more popular clubs in the city.
SophistiCats Soho is open Monday to Saturday from 9.00pm to 3.00am.
30 Dean St, Soho, London W1D 3RZ
Sunset Strip is one of London’s oldest strip clubs and is enjoying more than seventy years of entertaining the capital. As a result, the style and set-up of the club reflects its traditions and the main stage is set up with cinema style seating as opposed to a lounge bar setting.
Though an older club, the interior has been refurbished and is modern though retro in style. It has vintage neon lighting and plenty of mirrored walls to really make you feel as though you’ve stepped back in time.
Overall, the club has mixed reviews with some punters reporting the girls to be too aggressive when it comes to offering dances whilst others report an excellent experience.
There is a cover charge of £15 with drinks being very reasonable.
Sunset Strip is open Monday to Saturday from noon until 1am.
4 Carlisle St, Soho, London W1D 3BJ
The Vanity isn’t so much a traditional striptease joint but a gentleman’s club; a nice bar with pretty ladies in a state of undress occasionally dancing in the laps of paying guests.
The ‘stage’ features one or two women who dance but don’t undress.
The club is sleek and modern with dark wood floors, sumptuous deep ox-blood leather Chesterfield sofas and good lighting.
Knowing that competition in the city is high, Vanity does run several promotions including a Happy Hour during the week with a pint of beer costing £2.50, free lapdances after 8pm and a bottle of house spirit being half price before midnight.
However, even the temptation of these offers might not be enough to warrant the high cost of drinks (£14 each) on top of the £20 entry fee. Dances are extra and you can expect to run up a big bill here if you intend on making an evening of it.
Vanity is open for business from 8.00pm to 3.00am, Monday to Saturday and on Sundays from 6.00pm to 11.00pm.
17-19 Great Windmill St, Soho, London W1D 7JZ
A landmark venue in the city, The Windmill has an international reputation for being the oldest strip club in London. Though the venue has its roots as a nude revue theatre, it was used as a cinema and comedy club in its past. Originally opening in 1932, the Windmill was returned to its strip club roots in 1994.
The club has a good schedule of entertainment from burlesque to lap dancing, pole dancing and private routines.
The set-up is a classic stage styling with tables arranged in the lounge area for good viewing. It does have a feel of the 1972 film, Cabaret, which certainly helps you along with the burlesque vibe.
Anyone who is staying in the city can claim free entry to the club when they produce a London hotel room key. Other guests will have to pay £15 with drinks prices being on par with other venues (on the high side but ‘London’ prices). Private dances start at £20 and are offered fully nude.
The Windmill is open Monday to Saturday between 9.00pm and 5.30am.
The West End of London (also known as Theatre Town) is the city’s central tourist area and encompasses the streets around Soho including Piccadilly Circus, Chinatown and Bond Street.
It includes some of the most illustrious venues in the capital including the exclusive members only clubs of White’s, Brook’s and Boodles. There is no way you can gain access to any of these unless you are landed gentry, a member of the Royal Family or have celebrity status. Boodle’s for instance is 250 years old and membership is a closely guarded process of nominations and a strict initiation period.
Fortunately, there are some great clubs that you can get access to, including these:
14 Leicester Square, London WC2H 7NG
A brand new club with a prime address on the infamous Leicester Square (home to many major international film premieres), 14LSQ is a luxuriously appointed strip club.
The style is modern Art-Deco and the club is richly adorned in comfortable velvet seating, high ceilinged lounges and stunning main stage with drop chandeliers.
The entertainment on offer is unique and is one of the only venues in the city where you can see fire play combined with erotic acrobatics. The emphasis is on the calibre of beautiful girls providing exciting routines and delivers more than just a simple shedding of clothes to music.
One of the more popular venues on the list, 14LSQ has a strong reputation for providing class and elegance.
The club is open seven days a week from 5.00pm, closing at 6.00am Monday to Saturday and 3.00am on Sundays.
4 Duke of York Street, St James’s, London SW1Y 6LA
The Gaslight Club of St James’s is one of the longest running table dancing clubs in the city and was originally established in the 1970s. Though since refurbished to offer sophisticated and modern surroundings (with a nod to the traditional), the venue prides itself on being ‘exclusive’. This can sometimes translate to the door staff being a bit selective but it usually guarantees that there are no rowdy stag parties.This Mayfair club does receive mixed reviews on the basis that some of the girls can either be too aloof or too pushy; though all agree they are very beautiful.
Entry to the Gaslight Club is £20 and the drinks are pricey.
The club (managed by the step-daughter of England football legend, Paul Gascoigne, Bianca Gascoigne) is open Monday to Saturday from 8.00pm to 3.30am.
161 Tottenham Court Rd, Bloomsbury, London W1T 7NN
The Spearmint Rhino brand is well known in the USA and there are several UK locations to boost the international market plus one in Melbourne, Australia. The Bloomsbury club is a huge venue with four stage shows and two bars plus celebrity area, VIP lounge and private champagne booths.
Winning International Club of the Year 2016, Spearmint Rhino is a solid strip club where you can guarantee a good night out.
The standard of entertainment is high and the girls (physically) are always something to write home about.
The entry fee before 7.00pm is £10 with a cover charge of £20 after 7.00pm.
Open seven days a week from 6.00pm, the club closes at 4.00am, Tuesday to Saturday, 2.00am on Sundays and 3.00am on Mondays.
49-50 Dover St, Mayfair, London W1S 4NY
With one of the latest licenses in Mayfair, the Mayfair Club is a popular, if slightly exclusive, gentleman’s club.
Offering a high-end experience the venue has a futuristic, modern appeal mixing red velvet, black leather and white sheer curtains with red and blue neon lighting, stainless steel and art-nouveau mouldings. The result might not be to everyone’s tastes but is certainly unique and sets the ambiance.
There is a central stage of sorts but much of the interaction and entertainment is via the girls mingling for private table dances which start at £20.
The Mayfair is open Monday to Friday from 9.00pm to 6.00am.
51 Parker Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2B 5PS
Offering continuous and fully-nude stage shows throughout the evening, Secrets is a mid-range strip club that caters for all. They have four venues in London (see City and West London) and have a strong reputation for providing a no-nonsense evening out.
There aren’t the exclusive trappings of a gentleman’s club here but rather a version of strip clubs that will be familiar to us from movies. Less glamorous and more kitsch, the place is perfectly comfortable and has a friendly atmosphere.
The best part of the club is that entry is free if you turn up before 9.00pm and this alone attracts good numbers. Entrance after 9.00pm is £20.
The club is open from 8.00pm to 3.00am, Monday to Saturday.
16-19 Upper St Martin’s Ln, London WC2H 9EF
No run down of the London strip club scene would be complete without the famous, Stringfellows. Eponymously named after owner, Peter Stringfellow, the club is one of the city’s more famous venues.
Opened in 1980 to wide acclaim, this Covent Garden strip club has probably had its heyday in the 80s and 90s. Patronised by celebrities at the time, Stringfellows is more of a tourist attraction these days in much the same way as Planet Hollywood.
Having said that, the club is still packing the punches and offers fine dining in its restaurant as well as two floors of entertainment. There are VIP rooms, private ‘red’ rooms and plenty of lounge space to accommodate a (usually) packed crowd.
Diners gain entrance to the club for free but tables must be reserved in advance. The door charge to other guests is a flat fee of £25. Dances start at £25 with private entertainment in the VIP booth costing around £200 for 30 minutes.
Stringfellows is open Monday to Saturday from 9.00pm to 5.00am.
13 Coventry St, London W1D 7DH
Platinum Lace London is a popular club with tourists and offers a fully choreographed burlesque revue at weekends and latex nights on Thursdays.
The club combines a modern and stylish main lounge with touches of glitz in the lighting and décor but also has a slightly more functional feel to it in places; more like a nightclub than a glamourous Vegas venue or opulent gentleman’s club.
However, the talent is good here and the entertainment is well reviewed with great customer feedback.
Entrance to the club is free before 7pm, £10 before 11pm, £15 before 1am and £20 before 4am.
The club is open Monday to Saturday from 3.00pm to 3.00am and 6.00pm to 3.00am on Sunday.
28 Marylebone Ln, Marylebone, London W1U 2DR
A mid-range strip club aspiring to the gentleman’s club end of the spectrum, SophistiCats Marylebone is a good strip club offering a standard menu of lap dances, table dances and stage shows.
The second city location of SophistiCats, (see Soho) the Marylebone venue is one of London’s oldest private dancing venues. And, if history isn’t your thing then perhaps the clubs late license might be appealing. The club does have a 24-hour license but doesn’t exercise this except on special occasions.
Usual opening hours are as follows:
- Monday & Tuesday: 9.30pm to 5.00am
- Wednesday to Saturday: 9.30pm to 6.00am
- Sunday: Closed
Also known as ‘The Square Mile’, The City of London is the financial hub of the UK’s capital and is home to many landmarks including the Bank of England, the Barbican and Smithfield Market. The area has just 9,400 people living in it but almost half a million people working here. As a result, the City can get busy during the working week but does tend to be quiet on the weekends. The following clubs don’t fall into the Square Mile but service the area from the perimeter:
125 Clerkenwell Rd, London EC1R 5DB
A table-dance venue rather than a simple strip club, The Griffin is more like a pub/bar than a gentleman’s club. There is a very small stage area but the multiple poles for make up for this.
It’s quite stylish and modern but feels a little like a hotel lobby in places. The addition of a fruit machine to the bar area is also a little odd.
You can arrange private dances or just enjoy the fully nude pole dancing.
Overall, the club is a good addition to the Law district of London and is a popular place to unwind after work, particularly as entrance fees before 5pm are just £10.
The Griffin is open as follows:
- Monday to Thursday: Midday to Midnight
- Friday and Saturday: Midday to 1.00am
262-264 Old St, Shoreditch, London EC1V 9DD
Centrally located in the City of London, a few minutes walk from Old Street station, Horns is an over-21s strip club with fully-nude dancers.
A club with two distinct faces, the bar is like a generic ‘Wetherspoons’ whilst the pole podiums are surrounded by a modern art deco theme of silver and black.
The rules of the house mean you must contribute £1 to each dancer before she performs. This keeps the entry fee low and ensures the girls get a good collection before dancing. There is a jug at the front of the performance area for this purpose.
Horns is open as follows:
- Monday to Wednesday: Midday to 1.00am
- Thursday: Midday to 2.00am
- Friday and Saturday: Midday to 3.00am
Every day, happy hour is between 12.00pm and 5.00pm; pints are just £3.60 and private dances are £10 (usually £15+)
Secrets Euston & Holborn
34/38 Eversholt Street, Euston, London, NW1 1DA
3 Grays Inn Road, Holborn, London, WC1X 8HG
The City locations of the Secrets club stable, like the Covent Garden venue (see West End) Euston and Holborn are fully-nude table dancing clubs. Though they are both far from the spit and sawdust atmospheres of the ubiquitous mid-town America establishments, they are also not the most elegant of venues.
Both are perfectly serviceable, clean and reasonably modern in facilities but are more of ‘diner’ than a ‘restaurant’ experience.
Both have large, well-lit stage areas surrounded by a lounge style bar including ‘swings’ instead of bar stools which is an interesting addition that the girls make the most of.
Entrance to the Euston club is £10 before 10.00pm, £20.00 between the hours of 10.00pm and 2.00am with fees being charged at £25 after 2.00am.
Entrance to the Holborn Club is a flat rate of £20.
The Euston club is open seven days a week from 8.00pm to 6.00am with Holborn open as follows:
- Monday to Friday: 8.00pm to 3.30am
- Saturday: 9.00pm to 3.30am
23 Paul Street
23 Paul Street London, EC2A 4JU
‘For the discerning rascal’, 23 Paul Street is an ‘ethical boutique of striptease’ which is ironic because the venue is on the site of the infamous Gold Price Fix – between 1911 and 1924, bullion brokers met to manipulate the precious gold markets for personal gain.
Though, members of the elite still visit this Edwardian townhouse, it’s not (primarily!) to discuss the price of gold. The entertainment is erotic and stems the trend of modern ‘fully nude’ strip clubs to bring back the tease in striptease.
The venue is an eccentric mix of styles incorporating the interior features of the building including the Vault and the Observatory; a Victoriana style space stuffed with eclectic oddments from an age gone by. As private rooms go,23 Paul Street offers more than just a curtain round an armchair and the club is worth visiting just for the experience of the surroundings.
Overall, 23 Paul Street is one for the list of places to visit and, if you only get the chance to go to one strip club on this list, make it this one.
The club is open Monday to Friday from 7.00pm to 3.00am.
The area to the east of London combines districts including Stepney, Tower Hamlets and Hackney. Also known as the ‘East End’, the area is often overlooked in favour of the more popular tourist hub of the West End but historically the East End has had excellent entertainment facilities including theatres, music halls and clubs. Following a long period of under-investment, the area suffered decline and has only recently begun to recover. There are three big strip clubs in the area, most of which provide better value than other city locations.
234 Cambridge Heath Rd, London E2 9NN
Arranged over three floors, the Metropolis is a large venue that incorporates several stage areas for strip shows, fully nude table dances and VIP suites. There is also a fantasy car wash room, penthouse suite and indoor beach. The latter has twenty tonnes of white sand and includes cabana beach beds, island Tiki bar and harem tent.
Screening big sports events on large projections and providing a fully stocked bar with resident DJ, the club is styled on a Vegas style club venue.
Entry to the Metropolis is free before 9pm with table dances starting at just £10.
The club is currently undergoing a refurbishment, during which time the opening hours are as follows:
- Tuesday & Wednesday: 7.00pm to 3.00am
- Thursday: 7.00pm to 4.00am
Check the website for details of when the building works are finished.
1 Hackney Rd, London E2 7NX
An over 21s venue, Browns is the sister club to Horns (see City) and operates a similar policy in terms of paying for dances; all guests must contribute £1 to the pot before each performance on the main stage.
The styling of the club is mid-range and is more in keeping with a chain pub than a Vegas or traditional gentleman’s club. However, Browns is clean, modern and does make an effort in places.
The club shows major sporting channels on their big screens and there is a fully stocked bar serving drinks at reasonable city prices.
Entry to Browns is free and the club is open as follows:
- Monday: 12.00pm to 1.00am
- Tuesday to Thursday: 12.00pm to 2.00am
- Friday to Saturday: 12.00pm to 3.00am
The Nags Head
17-19 Whitechapel Rd, London E1 1DU
Established in 1983, The Nag’s Head offers exotic strip shows, live sport and private dances.
A popular strip club with a plush and inviting interior, the Nag’s Head does have a bit of a reputation for being a stag party venue and, overall, the atmosphere is upbeat rather than staid like some of the West End clubs.
The club regularly runs special promotions including free drinks, free dances and discounted spirits. Check the website for details of any offers.
Entry to the club is £3 with dances starting at £20.
The club is open as follows:
- Monday to Wednesday: 12.00pm to 12.00am
- Thursday to Saturday: 12.00pm to 1.00am
- Sunday: 12.00pm to 12.30am
62 Glenthorne Road, Hammersmith, London, W6 0LR
The fourth of Secret’s London venues, the Hammersmith location is very prominent and attracts quite a few of the areas affluent locals as well as visitors from the home counties and beyond. Easily accessible and with free parking outside after 7pm, it is a popular venue with a late license.
Situated on the site of a former pub, the club is large and the bar is extensive. Styled with neon lighting, the atmosphere here is like a nightclub or late-bar and doesn’t lack any energy.
There are also private champagne lounges for VIP dances but the main stage shows are staffed by up to 40 different dancers during the week.
Entrance to Secrets is charged at £10 before 10.00pm and £20 after.
The Hammersmith club is open Monday to Saturday from 8.00pm to 4.00am.
Featured image via The Gaslight Club.