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GGL Run down of 2013

28 Dec

It’s been a busy year on the scene in lesbian London! There’s been a lot of changes, highs and lows. Here’s our run down of 2013.

Theatre and Film

LGBT Theatre and in particular female leading casts and lesbian themed films were centre stage this year. Halbwelt Kultur was a hugely popular show based on the women of the Weimar Republic and dealing with some famous lesbian relationships, this show went from strength to strength this year. Then there was the Canne’s Palme, d’Or winner Blue is the Warmest Colour, a coming of age tale realistically depicting a lesbian relationship warts and all which wowed audiences everywhere. Other theatre mentions include Sappho and Spring Tide.

Candy Bar announces it’s closing

The iconic Candy Bar announced this year that it will be closing it’s doors in Jan 2014 after an increase in rent and the economic downturn meant that it could not feasibly stay open in future. Candy Bar has been open since the 1990’s and became the most popular lesbian bar in London. It has a variety of nights on appealing to a range of tastes and a few years ago featured in a documentary about lesbians in London, ‘Candy Bar Girls’. It was recently taken over by the Ku bar group and refurbished but despite all of this tough economic times still got the better of it.  Never fear however! Candy Bar will be moving to the Ku Bar on Frith Street! So no need to panic ladies, Candy Bar’s new incarnation will be with us soon with a host of parties in Soho for women!

New bars and nights

A host of exciting and innovative new nights appeared this year including the fun and fancy free TLC, the concept night, Create, and new east London night Culture Clash. Plus of course new bar Labels on Frith Street – another great space for lesbians in the heart of Soho.

Special mentions

Lot’s of exciting parties have been on for lesbians this year making 2013 a more eclectic one for lesbians looking for great nights out. Chica Bonita appeared at Candy Bar with it’s special brand of female party, celebrating women with some very talented dancers and performers. Unskinny Bop moved back to it’s spiritual home at the Star of Bethnal Green pub and is still going strong as one of the best queer nights on the scene. Live music night Chick Habit at Candy Bar managed to bag Chvrches singer Lauren Mayberry for a DJ set, and band HAIM. Cabaret and queer nights took hold at Candy Bar with Adam All Drag’s (@AdamAll_Drag) special brand of party – Boi Box. Other nights still drawing in the London lesbian crowd in droves include our faves Southbank Surfing, Bijou Cocktail Social and Bar Wotever.

Looking forward

Next year should see some fantastic nights lined up including the Lesbian Prom in March – a huge event at Scala; plus the first ever Winter Pride from the L-Wired ladies. With Candy Bar moving to Frith street we can’t wait to see what nights they’ll have on for us there, plus who knows what’s in store all over London?? We’ll be sure to let you know!

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Chica Bonita – Review!

1 Nov

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This week saw the return of monthly night Chica Bonita, landing itself once again at Candy Bar with a bang for a Halloween special – and we were there to party with the CB girls!

Chica Bonita is a new take on the average girl night out. It has a definite identity and ethos, which is to celebrate femininity – and have fun while doing it! Modelled on a gentlemen’s club, Chica Bonita has tailored it’s night for women, whether they are gay, bisexual or curious.

The stand out feature that makes the Chica Bonita experience are the array of dancers who perform throughout the night. Wearing amazing costumes (which don’t stay on for long), the dancers salsa, twirl and acrobat their way through some top tunes, as well as doing things with a pole you wouldn’t think possible within the laws of gravity.

The performers are specially picked for the Chica Bonita night to appeal to an all female clientele, their acts being more than just a striptease. Dancer Domino is one example, her sexy androgynous style coupled with her ‘wow’ inducing dance moves is not something you’d see in Spearmint Rhino… The ladies were definitely falling for her, bit like a stack of – well – dominoes. (Sorry…)

Chica Bonita also employs some great live music acts, including singers, bands and this month, rap artist Elektric (Twitter- @E1ektric). At one point Elektric’s act was mingled with a dance performance to create an erotic rap act, something I’ve never come across before don’t think I’m likely to again!

The atmosphere on the night was relaxed and fun as well as pretty sensual with the dancers floating around the dance floor after each of their performances. A refreshingly varied mix of women made up the night ranging from all ages. The music – this week provided by the fab Izzy Trixx – also varied from top 40 pop and RnB to some dark gothic rock that blended with the performances on stage.

I had a great night, meeting new people, watching some fantastic acts and even getting to chat up not one, but two gorgeous dancers! Mind you, this is a usual night out for me, I’m always beset with beautiful performers to chat up. Ok maybe not – but this was made possible at Chica Bonita! So get down there next time it’s on and enjoy the experience!

Top 5 mid-week nights out!

12 Oct

This post originally appeared on the Dattch website – Dattch is the social app for lesbians – Check it out!

The Girl Guide London team have taken over this week’s Top 5 and are telling us about the best mid-week nights out, because Tuesdays are the new Fridays, right?

We’ve all had that Sunday night feeling; it’s  been a blast, you’ve had a couple of fab nights out  and survived the hangover, but now the weekend’s over – and you’ve got a full five working days until it’s back again.  But why wait for the weekend? There are some great nights out just for us girls pretty much every day of the week! If you’ve got the stamina, here’s the Girl Guide London list of top 5 mid week parties.

chick habit

Chick Habit  (Thursdays at Candy Bar) -Long running indie and live music night, Chick Habit at Candy Bar is a fun night out and a great warm-up to the weekend. Boasting some amazingly talented singers and DJs, Chick Habit is refreshingly different to the usual lesbian party offerings. A combination of cool music, drinks and of course girls, makes this the perfect party – and not on a weekend!

 

bar wotever

Bar Wotever (Tuesdays Royal Vauxhall Tavern) –  Queer night Bar Wotever from Woteverworld is a fun fuelled night where anything goes. Filled with cabaret acts, performance, dance and music you are guaranteed to be entertained. Woteverworld have cultivated a budding community of performers and guests making this night relaxed and fun. Don’t miss their queer film fests too!

 

chica bonita

Chica Bonita (Monthly, Wednesday at Candy Bar) – This is a fairly new night to London but it has burst onto the scene with a bang. Modelling itself as an exclusive ladies club this is a sexy, sensual night out complete with beautiful dancers, live music, and a sophisticated but relaxed atmosphere. A great location for dates and intimate drinks, check out CB – we’re keeping our eye on this one!

 

blue monday

Blue Mondays (Monthly, Mondays at The Boogaloo) – Cheer up your Mondays with this excellent live music night. Let yourself relax in the cool atmosphere of The Boogaloo and listen to the sultry sounds of Miri Hersh, Rosered, Vans and guests. Chilled out, fun and boasting some excellent music, Blue Mondays is a great night to look forward to when feeling those Sunday blues!

 

ruby tuesdays

Ruby Tuesdays  (Tuesdays at Ku Bar) – This list just wouldn’t be complete without Ruby! A staple and firm favourite, Ruby Tuesdays is the perfect party to liven up your week. With DJs Sandra D and Izzy Trixx playing the best top 40 and RnB, plus hot women taking up every inch of the dance floor, you can rely on Ruby for a fun-filled night. So throw caution to the wind, down that shot and resign yourself to the hangover at work – it’ll be worth it!

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