BLUF Local: London

Information about London specific events, from Nigel, aka LondonSubNigel (3). Most BLUF London events take place at The Backstreet in Mile End, but many members also regularly attend the London Leather Social and meetings of London Leathermen. We also organise a presence at the London Pride Parade.

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London Pride Parade photos

Check out these photos from BLUF and London Leathermen in the London Pride Parade: BLUF & LLM in the London Pride Parade 2019

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Sunday 07 July, Nigel, aka LondonSubNigel (3).

London Pride Parade update

28th June: Another update on the London Pride Parade. We are in section C of the parade, at position 115. This means that our arrival window is between 11.30 and 12.30, and all those marching with us need to arrive together. We are next to the Recon group, which is at C114 with their DJ truck.

The expected waiting time in the form-up area is around 90 minutes, and the march will then take about an hour to complete, with another fifteen minutes for dispersal. So, we would expect to be finished by around 1515, though obviously there may be hold-ups on the day. After marching, we will head to the Ship & Shovel for a drink.

Where to meet on the day

We will be meeting before moving into the form up area, to hand out wristbands, which will be distributed by Martin from London Leathermen. The location for this is One Marylebone, the Commonwealth Church, just opposite Great Portland Street station. From there is it a short walk to the form-up area. The meeting time is 11.15, and we need to leave by about 11.50 to get into our position in the parade. If you have not collected your wristband by then, you will not be able to enter for form-up area.

If you wish to march with us, please send an email to pride@bluf.com. Remaining spaces are limited, and we may have to operate a reserve list. If you have already confirmed a place, but cannot make it, please let us know, so we can allocate it to someone else.

Information for marchers

There are some important rules you must follow. The full details can be found here, but the most important ones are these

  • No alcohol or drugs
  • No pets, other than assistance animals
  • No glass (bottles, glasses, etc)
  • No obscenites
  • No indencent clothing (eg no bare arses, please)

Please also read the Code of Conduct

Categories: BLUF events

Monday 10 June, Nigel, aka LondonSubNigel (3). Updated 28 Jun, 15:51 by Nigel, aka LondonSubNigel (3)

Backstreet: the planning inquiry

The planning appeal for redevelopment of Backstreet started, long time followers of the saga may remember, back in January. It was scheduled for five days, then adjourned until 15th May, when two extra days were set aside to finish things up.

I attended on Wednesday 15th May, to speak about the importance of the club; I didn’t stay for the whole of the day - a lot of what was being discussed was of a pretty detailed technical and/or legal nature, and would not make the most riveting reading.

The chair of the meeting kindly let me speak early on in the day. I’ve previously made a number of submissions, one of which can be viewed at this link.

I stressed how important it is that we have spaces, like The Backstreet, where people can wear gear and not feel unusual or the odd person out; how the pressures of rents and wages have made other venues relax their dress code, and the effect that can have, when a place becomes more of a late night drinks venue than a dress code club, with the original patrons feeling left out.

I highlighted the fact that 20 to 30 years ago in London, we had multiple venues catering to the people who now use Backstreet - like The Hoist, The Anvil, The Market Tavern, The Block and The Coleherne, all now gone. The Backstreet is the sole survivor, and if one wants to find a similar place to go, the closest venue that I can think of is The Boots in Antwerp - hardly somewhere for just a night out from London.

While welcoming the idea of reproviding the club in the basement of a new building, I did express concerns, that if redevelopment is to happen, it’s important that the club is not set up to fail.

My piece said, there were a couple of questions from the Chair about proposed restrictions - which I didn’t view as too onerous. And that was it.

Now, we have to wait. The latest information I have is that a decision will be made on or before the 9th of August. As soon as I know more, I’ll obviously provide an update.

A couple of weeks ago, Backstreet celebrated its 34th birthday, and given the notice period to which the developers have committed, it seems almost certain that next year we shall be celebrating its 35th.

Thanks to all who have written over the course of this planning application, at every stage. Whatever the final result, it’s good to know we can come together so strongly. Unity, as the Style Council said, is powerful.

Categories: venues

Wednesday 22 May, Nigel, aka LondonSubNigel (3). Updated 27 May, 11:39 by Nigel, aka LondonSubNigel (3)

BLUF Blog: London

More London Pride photos

These photos were taken by Nigel, aka LondonSubNigel (3) before the march, as members of BLUF and London Leathermen gathered at One Marylebone.

Published 08 Jul 2019 • Read more

London Pride Photos, 2017 - gallery 4

The photos in this gallery were taken by Nigel, aka LondonSubNigel (3) during the London Pride Parade 2017. Principally of BLUF and London Leathermen, it also includes a few other general shots of Pride. Click the photo to launch the gallery, and click the link below a photo to view it on Flickr.

Published 14 Jul 2017 • Read more

London Pride Photos, 2017 - gallery 2

Thanks to Longshot (2710) for this collection of photos of the BLUF/LLM group in the London Pride Parade

Published 10 Jul 2017 • Read more

London Pride Photos, 2017 - gallery 3

The photos in the gallery on this page were taken by a variety of people during the 2017 London Pride Parade, and show the BLUF / London Leathermen group. To view full details of each photo on Flickr, click the link below each picture.

Published 10 Jul 2017 • Read more

London Pride Photos, 2017

The photos in this collection were taken by John, aka nettyjohn (2553) on the Pride Parade, and follow the BLUF and London Leathermen group from our rendezvous at the King's Arms through the march. Click the photo to start viewing the gallery of over 200 images, or view them on [Flickr](https://

Published 09 Jul 2017 • Read more

The battle for Backstreet

Last night, at a meeting of the Tower Hamlets Strategic Development Committee, the future of London's only leather bar was secured - for the time being at least.

The proposal

Backstreet is the only part of a large building that's still in use. It occupies the back of a

Published 17 Feb 2017 • Read more

BLUF and London Leathermen at London Pride

Once again this year, BLUF took part in the London Pride Parade, and we formed a joint group with London Leathermen (formerly MSC London).

With around 80 people taking part, we think this is the biggest ever leather turnout for the parade. Thanks very much to Paul Turner of LLM

Published 27 Jun 2016 • Read more

Back to the Backstreet, renewing a pledge

You don't know what you've got till it's gone, sang Joni Mitchell and sadly that's all too often been the case with leather bars, which is one of the reasons we started the BLUF 12x12 pledge back at the beginning of

Published 20 Dec 2015 • Read more

BLUF in the London Pride Parade

On Saturday 27th June, London had its biggest ever Pride parade, and as in recent years, we had an official BLUF walking group.

It was our biggest turnout for the march so far, with thirty people making up our group, please the BLUF and leather flags.

We enjoyed a great

Published 30 Jun 2015 • Read more

Photos from London Pride 2015

View image | gettyimages.com

The images in the photo gallery below are public photos from Flickr that show the BLUF group on the London Pride Parade.

If you find more photos of us, please send an email to pride @ bluf.com

Click on a photo to view it on Flickr.

Published 29 Jun 2015 • Read more

Photo highlights from London Pride 2014

The photos below are the highlights from over 100 that I shot on the London Pride march in 2014, and show members of BLUF and MSC London in our joint walking group.

Click on a photo to view it on Flickr, where you'll also find all the other photos

Published 13 Aug 2014 • Read more

London Pride March photos - set 2

More photos from the London Pride Parade, taken by leather bln (1879)

Published 02 Jul 2014 • Read more

London Pride March photos - set 1

Thanks to Longshot (2710) for this set of photos showing the BLUF and MSC group in the London Pride Parade.

Published 01 Jul 2014 • Read more

Flickr photos from London Pride

This Flickr gallery shows photos from the BLUF and MSC marching group in the London Pride parade; click on a photo to view it on Flickr.

Published 01 Jul 2014 • Read more

More Flickr photos from London Pride

This Flickr gallery shows photos from the BLUF and MSC marching group in the London Pride parade; click on a photo to view it on Flickr.

Published 01 Jul 2014 • Read more

London Leather Social

Although not a BLUF event, the London Leather Social is well attended by BLUF guys, along with a good selection of men into all the different sorts of leather.

It's a friendly event which takes place in the upstairs bar at Comptons on the first Sunday of every month -

Published 06 May 2014 • Read more

More Pride Parade Photos

These photos were taken during the Pride Parade by PupBoner (2663)

Click an image to view it on Flickr

Published 13 Jul 2013 • Read more

BLUF photos from London Pride 2013

2013 marked the second year that BLUF was registered as an official participant on the London Pride Parade. We were joined in our walking group by members of MSC London as well, and had a total of around thirty people present on the day.

The photos here were taken by

Published 09 Jul 2013 • Read more

Photos from London Pride

Around 30 people took part in the Pride March for BLUF and MSC London. The photos on this page were submitted to us by FllLthr (1386)

Published 05 Jul 2013 • Read more

BLUF in the London Pride Parade

BLUF is once again taking place in the London Pride parade, which this year is on Saturday 29th of June 2013. We'll be marching towards the front of the parade, hopefully with a fair few people in full leather gear.

If you're into leather, and you'd like

Published 29 May 2013 • Read more

More photos from London's World Pride March

Here are some more photos from the BLUF group marching in London's World Pride Parade, July 7th 2012.

These photos have been kindly contributed from a number of sources. The first four were kindly sent to us by Polari Magazine, followed by three from Recon user 'Evilgrin'

The next

Published 01 Aug 2012 • Read more

BLUF in the World Pride March - photos

For World Pride 2012 in London, and since BLUF will be fifteen this year, we arranged a marching group in the parade. These photos, taken by Nigel, aka LondonSubNigel (3), show the group - which numbered around 25 by the time we finished - plus some of the other sights from the march.

I'm

Published 11 Jul 2012 • Read more

BLUF in the World Pride March - public photos

This collection of photos is from various users on Flickr who took photos of BLUF members as we passed by in the parade on 7th July.

In spite of the weather and the change to the start time, we had around 25 people marching with us by the end of

Published 09 Jul 2012 • Read more

Marching in gear

Pride is upon as and, for the first time, BLUF is registered as a group to march in the parade in London. Amongst all the outpourings of emotion and anger that have been caused by the poor organisation and near collapse of the event, there are also some familiar themes,

Published 06 Jul 2012 • Read more

BLUF in the World Pride march, 2012

BLUF is a registered group in the World Pride march on 7th July 2012, and we welcome those who want to come and join us with the BLUF and leather flags, whether you're in gear or not.

The start time for the march has been rescheduled, and it now

Published 03 Jul 2012 • Read more

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BLUF at Pride 2015

BLUF at Pride 2015

Events

The Leather Social

Sunday 04 Aug, 18:00

Join other guys in the upstairs bar at Comptons, on the first Sunday of each month, for an informal leather social. No dresscode, no attitude. You don't have to have gear to come along - just meet and mix with other guys, and find out more about the leather scene.

Comptons of Soho, Old Compton St

Fetish Bound

Friday 09 Aug, 19:30

A Bondage Fetish Event For Men Only. There is a Dress Code but its not all leather and rubber - there is so much more on the list that you will be able to easily meet it, like full team sports kit, uniforms and so much more. It's not all about rope either - chains, restraints, sleepsacks, straitjackets and much more. The aim is to create a small friendly no attitude play space to meet play and socialise in, for all levels from the new to the experienced. If you want to play you just need to ask, but equally you can just watch what others are doing with no pressure.

The Underground Club, Central Station, 37 Wharfedale Road, London N1 9SD, United Kingdom

The Leather Social

Sunday 01 Sep, 18:00

Join other guys in the upstairs bar at Comptons, on the first Sunday of each month, for an informal leather social. No dresscode, no attitude. You don't have to have gear to come along - just meet and mix with other guys, and find out more about the leather scene.

Comptons of Soho, Old Compton St

IGNITE

Saturday 07 Sep, 22:00

The night for men who smoke, and their admirers! Gear up and get along to The Backstreet, where the private outdoor smoking area awaits you! Normal Backstreet entrance charges and dresscode apply. More info: Nigel, aka LondonSubNigel (3)

The Backstreet, Wentworth Mews, Mile End, London, United Kingdom

Fetish Bound - Mummification Special

Friday 13 Sep, 19:30

A Bondage Fetish Event For Men Only. There is a Dress Code but its not all leather and rubber - there is so much more on the list that you will be able to easily meet it, like full team sports kit, uniforms and so much more. It's not all about rope either - chains, restraints, sleepsacks, straitjackets and much more. The aim is to create a small friendly no attitude play space to meet play and socialise in, for all levels from the new to the experienced. If you want to play you just need to ask, but equally you can just watch what others are doing with no pressure.

The Underground Club, Central Station, 37 Wharfedale Road, London N1 9SD, United Kingdom

The Leather Social

Sunday 06 Oct, 18:00

Join other guys in the upstairs bar at Comptons, on the first Sunday of each month, for an informal leather social. No dresscode, no attitude. You don't have to have gear to come along - just meet and mix with other guys, and find out more about the leather scene.

Comptons of Soho, Old Compton St

Fetish Bound - 10th Saimhan Party

Friday 11 Oct, 19:30

A Bondage Fetish Event For Men Only. There is a Dress Code but its not all leather and rubber - there is so much more on the list that you will be able to easily meet it, like full team sports kit, uniforms and so much more. It's not all about rope either - chains, restraints, sleepsacks, straitjackets and much more. The aim is to create a small friendly no attitude play space to meet play and socialise in, for all levels from the new to the experienced. If you want to play you just need to ask, but equally you can just watch what others are doing with no pressure.

The Underground Club, Central Station, 37 Wharfedale Road, London N1 9SD, United Kingdom

The Leather Social

Sunday 03 Nov, 18:00

Join other guys in the upstairs bar at Comptons, on the first Sunday of each month, for an informal leather social. No dresscode, no attitude. You don't have to have gear to come along - just meet and mix with other guys, and find out more about the leather scene.

Comptons of Soho, Old Compton St

Fetish Bound - 10th Birthday Party

Friday 08 Nov, 19:30

A Bondage Fetish Event For Men Only. There is a Dress Code but its not all leather and rubber - there is so much more on the list that you will be able to easily meet it, like full team sports kit, uniforms and so much more. It's not all about rope either - chains, restraints, sleepsacks, straitjackets and much more. The aim is to create a small friendly no attitude play space to meet play and socialise in, for all levels from the new to the experienced. If you want to play you just need to ask, but equally you can just watch what others are doing with no pressure.

The Underground Club, Central Station, 37 Wharfedale Road, London N1 9SD, United Kingdom

The Leather Social

Sunday 01 Dec, 18:00

Join other guys in the upstairs bar at Comptons, on the first Sunday of each month, for an informal leather social. No dresscode, no attitude. You don't have to have gear to come along - just meet and mix with other guys, and find out more about the leather scene.

Comptons of Soho, Old Compton St

BLUF at Backstreet

Saturday 07 Dec, 22:00

Join BLUF men at The Backstreet, from 10pm. Normal Backstreet entrance charges apply. More info: Nigel, aka LondonSubNigel (3)

The Backstreet, Wentworth Mews, Mile End, London, United Kingdom

Fetish Bound - Yule Party

Friday 13 Dec, 19:30

A Bondage Fetish Event For Men Only. There is a Dress Code but its not all leather and rubber - there is so much more on the list that you will be able to easily meet it, like full team sports kit, uniforms and so much more. It's not all about rope either - chains, restraints, sleepsacks, straitjackets and much more. The aim is to create a small friendly no attitude play space to meet play and socialise in, for all levels from the new to the experienced. If you want to play you just need to ask, but equally you can just watch what others are doing with no pressure.

The Underground Club, Central Station, 37 Wharfedale Road, London N1 9SD, United Kingdom

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