The LGBTQIA+ Owned Businesses in London You Need to Know


Pride is so much more than a month. It’s a state of mind we carry with us all year round. And part of being proud, or a proud ally, is showing up for the queer community with both your presence and your wallet. There are many ways to do this, but spending time and money at LGBTQIA+ owned businesses is one of the easiest and most effective forms of support you can provide. In London, we’re spoiled for choice with the selection of historic venues, safe spaces, and loud, proud proprietors.  


Not sure where to start? We’ve curated a few of our favourites below to get you inspired. 

Gay’s the Word

The oldest LGBTQIA+ book shop in the UK (opened in 1979) is an absolute must-visit for tourists and locals alike. Come for the queer-centric selection of fiction and non-fiction, stay for the community focused events.  

Address: 66 Marchmont St, London WC1N 1AB 

Website: Gay’s The Word | The UK’s Oldest LGBT+ Bookshop | London, England 



Touted as “the original queer beer for good,” PROUD donates 20p to LGBTQIA+ charity partners for every purchase. Come for the “canned fabulousness,” stay for funding self-test HIV kits and materials for anti-bullying workshops in schools. 

Website: PROUD Beer 

Tuttii Fruittii 

This Deptford salon is a judgement-free zone catering to all sexualities, gender identities and hair types. Come for a cut or colour session, stay for the funky interiors, sleek editorial photoshoots and friendly, welcoming staff. 

Address: 2C Douglas Way, London SE8 4AG 

Website: Lgbtqi Hair Salon | Tuttiifruittiilondon | England 


Café Mélo

Hackney’s Café Mélo is a pet-friendly coffee shop serving all day breakfast, lunch, and treats made from locally sourced, independent distributors. Come for the Allpress beans, stay for the fresh-baked cookies (vg/gf options available). 

Address: 103 Shacklewell Ln, London E8 2EB 

Website: Home | Cafe Melo 


This eclectic Soho restaurant from Israeli chef Eran Tibi describes itself as “a place to enjoy being yourself without limits.” Come for the fabulous menu of Tel Aviv-inspired eats, stay for the chic décor and endless party vibes. 

Address: James Court, Manette St, London W1D 4AL 

Website: Kapara: A Tel-Aviv Fantasy – An Israeli Restaurant in London 


Royal Vauxhall Tavern

An historic South London gay venue since 1862 (and the area’s oldest surviving), Royal Vauxhall Tavern (RVT) has been hosting legendary drag shows as far back as WWII. Come for the Sunday Cabaret, stay for the rotating social calendar and thoughtful charity partnerships. 

Address: 372 Kennington Ln, London SE11 5HY 




Don’t forget to stop by art’otel London Battersea Power Station for a queer-friendly pottery class on every Thursday this July. Book your tickets today. 


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