Want to know more about the sex scene in London?
London is the largest capital city in Europe and has a population of 8.3 million people (twice that of Berlin and almost three times as much as Paris). It is one of the most influential and important world capitals and is widely considered a global hub for culture, entertainment and economics. London attracts almost 18 million tourists each year and is densely packed with ways to entertain both the locals and its visitors. Thousands of clubs, bars and restaurants spill visitors to the late night city streets with many looking for something more adult to extend the night.
In this guide, we take a look at those venues in London that provide erotic entertainment including strip clubs, sex parties, erotic massage parlours and BDSM venues. We also look at the laws surrounding the London escort, brothel and sex industry.
- 1 Prostitution in London
- 2 London Escorts Guide
- 3 Sex in London
- 3.1 Brothels
- 3.2 Swinging Clubs
- 3.3 Erotic Massage Parlours
- 3.4 BDSM
- 3.5 Strip Clubs
- 3.5.1 Soho & West End
- 3.5.2 City
- 3.5.3 Best of the Rest
- 3.6 Street Prostitutes & Red Light Districts
- 3.7 Sex Shops
Prostitution in London
Prostitution in London can be dated back to Roman times and has long been a part of the city’s rich history. From the Restoration period when London’s theatres were closely associated with hedonistic libertinism to the back alleys of the East End, sex has been readily available.
There are plenty of areas of the UK capital that are considered red-light districts though these are unofficial.
Prostitution in London, as in the rest of the country, is legal. The exchange of money for sexual services can be undertaken between consenting individuals over the age of 18 as long as it takes place in private and does not contravene other laws.
However, the law does prohibit certain activities surrounding prostitution, these include:
- Soliciting sex in public
- Loitering with intent to solicit sex
- Kerb crawling
- Advertising sexual services in public places including the use of ‘tart cards’ in telephone booths.
- Pimping and pandering
- Running, owning or managing a brothel (includes letting a property for the use as a brothel)
- Running or taking part in a sex ring
- Knowingly paying for sex with someone under the age of 18
- Knowingly paying for sex with someone who has been coerced into prostitution.
The city is the hub for the sex trade in the UK and, of the estimated 80,000 prostitutes working in the country, around 30,000 of these work in and around the capital.
Since the global recession hit, prices for sex have fallen but still remain higher than in other parts of the UK. On average, punters can expect to pay around £150 to £200 per hour for sex with an escort with street prices being £30 to £60.
Reflecting the multicultural face of London, prostitutes of all nationalities are represented in the city with a large number of Eastern-European women. There are also a good deal of ladies from South East Asia, South America and North America. You can also find British girls working as prostitutes.
As well as escorting and street prostitution, many women work as independent call girls or in massage parlours that offer happy endings and more.
London Escorts Guide
London has one of the busiest and most diverse escort scenes in Europe with a whole range of ways to book a call girl. As well as standard agencies and directories, you can also find specialist escorts who provide niche services; from models and porn stars to elite and upmarket women, fetish escorts and masseurs.
Due to advertising restrictions, we cannot publish links to London’s various escort agencies. However, a simple Google search will reveal many of the most famous companies, some of which have decades of experience serving the London market.
‘Hookup dating’ sites like Adult Friend Finder and BeNaughty remain popular options for escorts and punters alike – although they are not marketed as such. The sites offer a chance to meet exclusively for sex… but YMMV!
Classifieds, Cheap Directories and Free Personals
Some escorts use free classified directories for advertising. This may mean they are offering more of a budget service. Do be aware that there is no way to guarantee the authenticity of any of the escorts using these services.
Sex in London
A densely populated city, Greater London can be divided into six distinct areas, each having a good range of adult entertainment venues.
- Soho & West End: Also known as ‘Theatre Town’, the West End of London is the central tourist district of the capital and includes some of London’s most famous landmark streets. The area includes Soho which has long been a notorious hub for prostitution and is one of the oldest red-light districts in Europe.
- City: London’s main financial district is also known as ‘The Square Mile’ and incorporates the iconic buildings of the Bank of England, Smithfield Market and the Old Bailey. It is the original heart of Roman London and still features many historic buildings despite its modernity.
- North London
- East London
- West London
- South London
Brothels are not legal in the UK and you will not find bordellos like those in The Netherlands, Switzerland, Hungary and Greece.
However, there are an estimated 1000 illegal brothels being run in Greater London with most offering massage. These tend to use the term ‘model’ in place of masseuse.
Swinging is very popular in London and there are a variety of ways that open-minded couples can play. From traditional house parties to upmarket events run in glamorous locations, the capital has a huge range of lifestyle options.
Founded in 2005, Killing Kittens is an elite sex club which holds regular clubs in and around London. A female centric organisation, the vetting policy on new members is strict to ensure that only the young and beautiful attend their events.
The club does have a Silver Kitten section for the over 45s.
Elegant and stylish soirees are held at premium venues which promote sensuality and eroticism rather than hardcore gangbangs. That’s not to say that Killing Kittens parties aren’t full of sex but the atmosphere is more charged with anticipation.
Guests wear masks throughout the events and venues are lit with candles.
All parties are members-only with admission prices varying. See the website for full details.
A members only swinging club, Le Boudoir is located in the City of London and holds events every Friday and Saturday (plus extra parties in the month).
They are an all-inclusive group and allow swingers from any background including the LGBTQ community. However, some nights are couples only so do check the website in advance.
The club has several large play areas and they have a reputation for hosting lively parties.
Another female-focused club, Pedestal runs events for dominant women and ‘those who worship them’. Some evenings have more of a kinky focus than others but they are definitely more of a fetish club than the usual swinging events.
There are multiple rooms available for both group and private play including a dungeon area , equipped with BDSM equipment.
Most events include some kind of schedule entertainment which can range from erotic dance to burlesque, fire-eaters to kinky performances.
Ticket prices and opening times vary by event.
Sparkle Hard is an all-inclusive swingers club where heterosexuals singles and couples get the chance to play with the curious, bisexual, homosexual and TV/TGs. More gender-fluid than gender-binary, events are a celebration of sexual liberation and diversity. As a result, parties can be very colourful and often included fetishists from different backgrounds.
It is a popular club and you need to make advance bookings before attending any events.
Best of the Rest
The following clubs also operate in the city offering a mix of private parties, social gatherings and events:
- Phoenix Club
- Our Place 4 Fun
- London Adult Party Club
- Rebecca Ryder’s London Sex Parties
- Lifestyle Gangbang Parties
- London Swingers Adult Parties
- Pleasure Island Parties
- Skirt Club (Girls Only)
Erotic Massage Parlours
A fetish club which holds play parties and munch meetings, Club DVS is an LGBTQ friendly organisation that welcomes fetishists of any kind.
Suitable for newbies and seasoned players, Club DVS offers a safe and supportive environment for important networking, socialising and information gathering.
They hold a regular Kink Lab which is a workshop to educated and support learning for safe play. They also hold fetish nights at the Flying Dutchman in Camberwell which usually includes some subversive entertainment.
Monthly get togethers are usually held at the Revolution Bar on Leadenhall Street (EC1V) between 6.00pm and 11.00pm.
The website has full details of upcoming events including ticket prices and dress code.
Run six times each year, Club Antichrist is an eclectic club that mixes fetish and mayhem with industrial gothic; it is Europe’s largest crossover party venue.
The venue changes all the time but the current two locations are Fire in Vauxhall and Electrowerkz in Islington. Most parties start at 8.00pm and run until 6.00pm (ticket prices vary but are usually around £25-£30 or £40-£45 for couples).
Parties are always well-organised and entertainment is included as well as well-equipped play areas such as a dungeon space.
Events are ticket only with guests requested to dress for the occasion, this can include a variety of uniforms, costumes and attire but (generally speaking) if you don’t turn heads in the street then you aren’t dressed up enough.
A strictly rubber only fetish club, Rubber Cult is the only club of its kind in the UK. There are regular events throughout the year which celebrate latex, rubber and gummi.
They currently meet at The Alice in Houndsditch but the venue can vary.
Parties usually include themed play zones such as medical areas, dungeons and shine corner. Guests can take part or enjoy a ‘cabaret of rubber’ from 8.00pm to 3.00am.
Ticket prices are usually in the order of £30.
23 Lewisham Way, London SE14 6PP
Close to the New Cross station in South East London, Subversion is a fetish club that runs a section of parties for the SM community.
The club was founded 15 years ago and has attracted a good following of fetishists who enjoy more of a nightclub feel to their parties. The clubbing vibe is maintained by a selection of guests as well as an excellent resident DJ.
As a club, they run several special events each year including mansion parties and fetish weekends. This is in addition to bi-monthly nights and Subversion Noir for more experienced members of the community.
Guests come from a good range of backgrounds with a diverse mix of fetishes, sexualities and genders.
Tickets are usually £20 for club nights (£25 on the door) with varying prices for special events (see website for details).
The Torture Garden has been running since 1990 and is one of the world’s largest body art and extreme fetish clubs attracting up to 2500 people at their events.
Events are run regularly throughout the year and are a celebration of all things alternative. You can expect the dress-code to be extreme with guests who don’t dress right being turned away at the door.
It’s a stylish club and one that embraces extravagance; this is reflected in both the guests attire and styling as well as the entertainment and music.
A dungeon space is on hand as well as multiple play areas and socialising spaces.
Ticket prices and times vary by event so check the website for details.
London Alternative Market
Revolution Bar, 140-144 Leadenhall Street, London, EC3V 4QT.
Held on the first Sunday of every month, the London Alternative Market is an important networking event which offers plenty of retail opportunities as well as an after-party play session.
Attended by a mix of fetishists, kinksters and the curious, the event has stallholders representing all niche fetishes as well as workshops and important information.
A resident Master and Mistress are on hand during the party to keep proceedings safe and to offer advice to newcomers to the BDSM scene.
Doors open at midday and the after-party is held at 7pm once the space has been converted to a playzone. The dungeon space has a whole host of equipment from suspension to rope and bondage play and much more besides.
It is a well-attended event that forms a focus for the London fetish community.
The following venues offer in-house dungeon services but they also hire their facilities out to visiting Doms/Dommes. All have a good range of specialist BDSM equipment:
As well as hiring dungeon space or joining a club event, you can also hire submissives and Dommes within London:
- Domina Octavia of London
- London Submissive Girls
- Professional Mistresses
- Mistress Sandra
- Mistress Sofia
- Mistress Evilyne
- Mistress Allure
- London Mistress Directory
London has a lot of strip clubs; some are styled on traditional gentleman’s clubs whilst others offer a more modern approach to topless dancing.
Soho & West End
4 Carlisle St, Soho, London W1D 3BJ
A modern club in the heart of Soho, Vanity is an upmarket gentleman’s club. The bar is large and there are plenty of women who provide good eye-candy, all in a state of undress, who wait to provide lap dancing services to paying guests.
It’s a stylish place and has an erotic ambience with dark wood floors and comfortable leather Chesterfield sofas. Despite the sexy ambience, the lighting is quite good and its not a dingy club.
The entry fee is £20 plus drinks and dances are quite pricey. However, they do run happy hour during the week to try and draw crowds in. Check the website for details of their current promotions.
Vanity is open as follows:
- Monday to Saturday: 8.00pm to 3.00am
- Sunday: 6.00pm to 11.00pm.
5 Brewer St, Soho, London W1F 0RF
Sophisticats has two venues in London with the Soho club being the newest of the two. It’s a venue which attracts a lot of hipsters and a younger audience and is styled on a seventies gentleman’s club.
You can enjoy the performances on stage or pay for lap, private or table dancing on top.
Entrance is via a £20 cover charge and the club has a good reputation for not overpricing either its drinks or dances. They have a lot of good reviews and are quite a popular strip venue in London.
SophistiCats Soho is open Monday to Saturday from 9.00pm to 3.00am.
You can also find Sophisticats at 28 Marylebone Ln, Marylebone, London W1U 2DR.
30 Dean St, Soho, London W1D 3RZ
One of the capital’s oldest clubs, Sunset Strip was originally opened in the 1950s as a cinema. As a result of its history, the interior is set up to reflect an auditorium setting instead of a lounge bar.
It’s got a great retro feel to it with throwbacks to the 1970s with neon lighting, mirrored walls and vintage interior. Don’t me mistaken, the club isn’t tired and the look has been honed through modern interior design and has had many refurbishments in its seventy years of operation.
Entrance is charged at £15 and drinks prices are quite reasonable for the city; however, the club has mixed reviews with some clients reporting the girls to be quite pushy when it comes to dances.
Sunset Strip is open Monday to Saturday from noon until 1am.
17-19 Great Windmill St, Soho, London W1D 7JZ
Another historic strip venue, The Windmill originally opened its doors in 1932 as a revue theatre and enjoyed periods as a comedy club, cinema as well as a strip club. It has held its current guise since 1994 and offers a mixed schedule of entertainment including pole dancing and burlesque performances. You can also get private lap dances from £20.
An iconic club that has an international reputation, the style is retro with a classic stage and surrounding lounge area.
Anyone staying at a London hotel can get in for free when presenting their room key, otherwise entry is £15.
Drinks are not as expensive as some strip clubs but are commensurate with ‘London prices’.
The Windmill is open Monday to Saturday between 9.00pm and 5.30am.
4 Duke of York Street, St James’s, London SW1Y 6LA
One of the longest running table dancing venues in London, the Gaslight Club of St James’s was founded in the 1970s.
It has been extensively refurbished and now offers a modern and elegant setting. It has a reputation for being very exclusive and only admits guests who are dressed well and are not inebriated. They are also selective on large groups though do host parties that book in advance.
Entry is £20 and the drinks and dances are quite pricey even by city standards.
The club is open Monday to Saturday from 8.00pm to 3.30am.
14 Leicester Square, London WC2H 7NG
One of London’s newest strip clubs 14LSQ is a luxury venue based on the iconic Leicester Square at the heart of the capitals entertainment district.
The club offers more than just strip shows and has an eclectic performance schedule which includes acrobatics and fire performances. It is an elegant venue designed in an Art-Deco style with drop chandeliers, velvet seating and a classic ambience.
14LSQ is open daily from 5.00pm to 6.00am (3.00am on Sundays).
161 Tottenham Court Rd, Bloomsbury, London W1T 7NN
An international brand, Spearmint Rhino in Bloomsbury is a huge venue and incorporates four large stages, two well-stocked bars as well as a VIP lounge, celebrity area and private champagne booths.
The venue won the International Club of the Year award in 2016 and offers a high standard of entertainment, boasting some of the best looking girls in the city.
Entry to the club costs £20 after 7.00pm or £10.00pm before. Drinks prices are in keeping with other central London strip clubs.
Spearmint Rhino is open daily from 6.00pm, closing at 4.00am, Tuesday to Saturday, 2.00am on Sundays and 3.00am on Mondays.
49-50 Dover St, Mayfair, London W1S 4NY
The Mayfair Club has a late-night license making it a popular venue. It is a high-end establishment that has a selective door-policy. There are no rowdy groups or casual dressed guests admitted.
The club has a very modern interior blending a mix of retro neon lighting with traditional red velvet and art-nouveau furnishings with black leather and sheer curtains.
The entertainment is a mix of stage shows and table dances (prices start at £20).
Open during the week only, you can find the Mayfair Club open from Monday to Friday between 9.00pm and 6.00am.
51 Parker Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2B 5PS
Secrets is a chain of London strip clubs aimed at a less upmarket crowd than some of the other venues. This club in the heart of Theatre Land is a popular location.
Whilst Secrets isn’t as discerning as some Mayfair clubs, it certainly isn’t a ‘spit-and-sawdust’ place. Styled with more kitsch than glamour, they are a friendly brand of club which has a strong repurtatin for offering a great night out.
You can also Secrets at the following addresses in the City:
- 34/38 Eversholt Street, Euston, London, NW1 1DA
- 3 Grays Inn Road, Holborn, London, WC1X 8HG
Entry is free if you arrive before 9.00pm, after which the cover charge is £20.
Secrets is open from 8.00pm to 3.00am, Monday to Saturday.
16-19 Upper St Martin’s Ln, London WC2H 9EF
Originally opening in 1980, Stringfellow’s is the flagship club of notorious British businessman, Peter Stringfellow.
A popular club in the 80s and 90s when there were fewer strip venues in the city, the Covent Garden club is more of tourist attraction than a place for regulars. It’s still a modern club that attracts good crowds and employs great performers. It has the advantage of offering fine dining as well as strip entertainment and dinner guests get into the club for free.
Admission is charged at £25.
Stringfellows is open Monday to Saturday from 9.00pm to 5.00am.
13 Coventry St, London W1D 7DH
Another modern strip venue, Platinum Lace is a glitzy club that has a nightclub feel to it. They run a regular programme of themed entertainment which can include a more fetish vibe midweek (latex Thursdays) or a crown-pleasing burlesque revue at weekends.
It’s a popular club that regularly receives good reviews.
Entrance to the club is £20 after 1am, £10 before 11pm and free before 7pm.
Opening hours are as follows:
- Monday to Saturday: 3.00pm to 3.00am
- Sunday: 6.00pm to 3.00am
125 Clerkenwell Rd, London EC1R 5DB
The Griffin is a table-dance venue that has a relaxed and informal feel to it. It isn’t a pretentious bar and you can enjoy private dances in addition to watching the fully nude pole dancing. It gets busy after working hours and entrance fees are just £10 before 5pm.
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
Horns is an over-21s venue that has fully-nude dancers performing on podium poles. Its more like a pub than a club and is styled in a black and silver, modern theme that has touches of Art-Deco.
Located a short walk from Old Street Station, Horns is a cheaper option to some of the West End venues and guests must pay a £1 minimum contribution for every performance. Private dances start at £15.
The club is open as follows:
- Monday to Wednesday: Midday to 1.00am
- Thursday: Midday to 2.00am
- Friday and Saturday: Midday to 3.00am
23 Paul Street
23 Paul Street London, EC2A 4JU
A quirky strip club in the heart of the city, this Edwardian townhouse offers an eccentric take on the traditional gentleman’s club.
The style is eclectic mix of Victoriana and conservative furnishings along with peculiar accessories and oddments.
Self styled as a boutique of curios and oddities, 23 Paul Street offers a truly unique take on striptease. Definitely one to check out.
The club is open Monday to Friday from 7.00pm to 3.00am.
Best of the Rest
Outside of the city, you can also find a couple of other trip clubs which are worth a trip out to. Most are within a twenty-minute cab ride from the heart of London’s entertainment district:
- Metropolis, 234 Cambridge Heath Rd, London E2 9NN
- Browns, 1 Hackney Rd, London E2 7NX
- The Nags Head, 17-19 Whitechapel Rd, London E1 1DU
- Secrets, 62 Glenthorne Road, Hammersmith, London, W6 0LR
- Whites, 32-38 Leman St, Whitechapel, London E1 8EW
Street Prostitutes & Red Light Districts
In such a sprawling city, it is inevitable that there is more than one red light district.
The principle area for adult entertainment has always been Soho. However, in recent decades the area has become more commercialised. It is also a very busy tourist area which has attracted a lot of hustlers and scammers. After the pubs close in the rest of the city, Soho seems to wake up and the strip clubs offer ladies of the night a steady trade of interested parties.
West End rickshaw drivers will often offer suitable venues to customers who ask but these can be illegal brothels or hustles.
Always remember that kerb crawling is illegal.
Though there are plenty of places to pick up street prostitutes in London, it is a city where prostitution is discreet. Due to the fact that loitering and solicitation are illegal, street hookers are pretty good at keeping a low profile. They are not as obvious as in some other European cities.
We strongly recommend you avoid partaking in any kind of street prostitution. Besides breaking the law, it simply isn’t worth the safety risk.
London sex shops have been in decline over the last decade as more trade is conducted online; however, there are still a lot of places in the city where you can browse for sex toys including some niche BDSM and fetish shops.
The UK also has quite a few chain sex shops which are common sights on the high street, often trading alongside traditional retail premises.
Our pick of the best London sex shops are:
- 100 Shades of Blue, 100 Old St, London EC1V 9AY – General sex shop
- Agent Provocateur, Various Locations – Lingerie
- Ann Summers, Various Locations – Mainstream sex shop with toys and lingerie
- Blue Rose, 4 Kentish Town Road, Camden Town, London NW1 9NX – General sex shop
- Bunny Sex Shop, 8 Silvertree Ln, London, Greenford UB6 8HD – General sex shop
- Clonezone, 35 Old Compton St, Soho, London W1D 5JX – Gay sex toys
- Cloud Climax, Adult Store and sex doll specialist shop
- Coco de Mer, 23 Monmouth St, London WC2H 9DD – Lingerie
- Eros Movieland, 28 Peter Street, Soho, London W1F 0AL – Movies & toys
- Fetish Freak, 76 Bolton Cres, London SE5 0SE – Fetish store
- Fifty & Dean, 50 Old Compton St, Soho, London W1D 4UB – Toys and essentials
- Harmony, Soho & Oxford Street – Toys and essentials
- Honour, 86 Lower Marsh, Lambeth, London SE1 7AB – General and Fetish
- Madame Liberty, 53 Chandos Pl, London WC2N 4HS – General and lingerie
- Prowler Soho, 5-7 Brewer St, Soho, London W1F 0DR – Gay sex toys
- Sh!, 57 Hoxton Square, London N1 6PB – Female friendly sex emporium
- Silicone Sex World – Specialist sex doll supplier
- Simply Pleasure, Various locations – Toys, clothes and essentials
- Soho Original Books, 11/12 Brewer Street, Soho, London, WC1F 0SF – Books and toys
- Up West British Adult Store, 8 Green’s Ct, Soho, London W1F 0HH – Mixture of goods
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