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Street Guide

Magazine article Out

Street Guide

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THE GROOVE

The Royal Vauxhall Tavern

This 18th-century brick relic was once a music hall and drag cabaret, saved from demolition by local gay businessmen. The revived pubtheater now drags drag, burlesque, and improv into the present with nightly shows - among them, Sunday's popular Dame Edna homage. 372 Kennington Lane; +44-0207-820-1222; RVT.org.uk

The Arches

Working your way down the arches means literally opening the door to every rendition of gay nightlife, like a louche advent calendar. Start at the podlike Barcode Vauxhall (69 Albert Embankment; +440207-734-3342) for cocktails. Move onto the club Fire (South Lambeth Road; +44-0871977-4220; FireClub .co.uk), which stays open round the clock on weekends with DJs and lavish after-parties. End at Hoist (47C South Lambeth Road; +44-0207-735-9972; TheHoist.co.uk), featuring leather and nude nights or the frisky Chariots Sauna (63-64 Albert Embankment; +440207-735-6709; GaySauna.co.uk).

THE BITE

Madeira Café

A bit of Lisbon on the Thames. Grab a bowl of caldo verde soup to soothe your rattled club nerves. 46A Albert Embankment; +44-0207-820-1117; MadeiraLondon.co. …

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