BLUF Local: London

Information about London specific events, from Nigel, aka LondonSubNigel (3) and Master Thomas (33). 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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Backstreet - another win

At last night's Strategic Development Committee, we won again. For the second time this year, the committee threw out plans to redevelop the site of which Backstreet is a part, by 6 votes to 1.

That's the good news. But what does it really mean? It's hard to say, because after the last meeting in February - see The battle for Backstreet - we certainly didn't expect to be going through the same thing two months later. Hopefully this time, after another rejection, the developer will have to do a lot more work to try and get things passed.

It was hard to judge from the questions and comments during the meeting how things were going; I wasn't questioned this time, after my two minute objection speech. Also speaking was another local resident, and a local councillor. I can't stress how important it is to make work with other objectors - that way you can make sure nothing is missed, and present a united front.

Ultimately the reasons for refusal were the same as the previous time; only the chair of the committee thought that they had been addressed adequately by the revised plan.

Round three?

It's worth nothing that as well as stopping the development again, it also appeared that there was a slight bit of extra ground given on the part of the developer with regard to The Backstreet. This may be useful if (or more likely when) a future application succeeds. Chiefly this is a slight alteration to the notice period. Last time round they committed to giving Backstreet twelve months' notice from the grant of planning permission, and that now appears to be twelve months' notice of starting work on the site. It's not much, but it does add extra breathing space.

And clearly there is concern from the councillors about relocation strategy, and if that will be meaningful or not. It was suggested that, if the proposal were to go ahead, there would be reporting conditions including. In other words, the developer would have to help with relocation, and could possibly face enforcement action, if it were considered not to be holding up its end of the bargain.

In a city like London, it's almost inevitable that we'll have to keep expending energy on fighting applications like this. But as we've seen - twice now - it can be done.

Thanks to all who wrote to object to the application, and especially to those who came along to the meeting.

Here, for the record, is my two minute speech

Two months ago this development was rejected, because of size, density, servicing, loss of community facility, poor design and air quality. It seems little has been done to address those matters.

The tower is indeed shorter. But it will still loom over the park, the bridge and the junction. Far from adding "visual interest" I fear the use of different colours on different parts will just look a mess; and Mile End doesn't need another Lincoln Plaza.

There are serious issues with air quality, and few details of mitigation measures, beyond some tenants going without balconies. The proposed CHP plant, when new, will already have an emissions rate exceeding GLA limits.

Density has been reduced but at over 1400, it's still well over twice the sustainable residential quality in the London Plan. It achieves that trick while providing just eight homes with poor air quality for affordable rent.

The applicants make much of their report on servicing, but the need for a traffic management plan is going to be tricky for residents, and the suggestion that there are other bays 100 metres down the road is unlikely to satisfy tenants. And there is still inadequate provision for disabled parking.

With regard to The Backstreet, I must stress the unique nature of this club, which has operated peacefully for 32 years. There is nothing like it in the UK, and few similar places elsewhere. Once again section 8.221 claims that the operator of the club is seeking to cease trading. That is wrong, and if permission is granted a substantial relocation strategy must be agreed.

I'd also like to note that when the Backyard comedy club in Bethnal Green was redeveloped, a new club was built beneath the Travelodge.

The revised plans come up short. Short on air quality, short on servicing, short on design, short on solutions for the community, and so high on density they fall short on residential quality too. I strongly urge you to reject it, again.

Lincoln Plaza, incidentally, is another building by the same developer, widely considered to be a pretty horrific eyesore, in London's Docklands.

I've annotated my live tweets of the meeting, which you can read on Storify

Wednesday 26 April, Nigel, aka LondonSubNigel (3). Updated 26 Apr, 13:08 by Nigel, aka LondonSubNigel (3)

London Leather Weekend and BLUF's Birthday Bash

If you're looking for events to attend later this year, save the date for London Leather Weekend. It's from 19th to 22nd October, and BLUF will be joining with London Leathermen for a social at The Eagle on the night of Friday 20th.

It's also the start of BLUF's 20th birthday celebrations, which we'll be kicking off with a BLUF members event at The Backstreet on Thursday 19th.

The full programme for the weekend is still being worked on, but should include SM Gays, a Mastery event, and more. Keep an eye on the calendar for more details.

Categories: BLUF clubs events

Saturday 25 March, Nigel, aka LondonSubNigel (3). Updated 25 Mar, 16:51 by Nigel, aka LondonSubNigel (3)

BLUF Blog: London

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

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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 IRLslavePup, aka SteveMrGearedIreland2016 (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

BLUF at Backstreet

Friday 28 Apr, 22:00

Kick off the Mayday holiday weekend with BLUF at The Backstreet. Normal entrance charges apply. More info: Nigel, aka LondonSubNigel (3)

The Backstreet, Wentworth Mews, Mile End, E3, London, United Kingdom

IGNITE

Saturday 29 Apr, 22:30

The night for men who smoke, and their admirers. Come and light up at The Backstreet, cruise and play in the private smoking area. Usual Backstreet entrance prices and dresscode apply. More info: Nigel, aka LondonSubNigel (3)

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

London Leather Social

Sunday 07 May, 17:00

The monthly London get-together for guys in leather. Meet upstairs in Comptons, from 5pm onwards. No dresscode.

Comptons, Old Compton Street, London W1, United Kingdom

Fetish Bound

Friday 12 May, 19:00

London's monthly male bondage club in the Underground Club at Central Station. A friendly no attitude play space to meet play and socialise in, for all levels from the new to the experienced. More info: Dave, aka Tieemup (917)

The Underground Club, Central Station, 37 Wharfedale Road, King's Cross, London N1 9SD, United Kingdom

London Leathermen

Friday 19 May, 21:00

London Leathermen's monthly Club Night Social with Men.inc at the Eagle London from 9pm... free entrance, beer specials, secure clothes check, changing area, pool table, great music, outside private smoking terrace & bar, free (BBQ or buffet weather dependent) - great company so gear up and join us.

Eagle London, 349 Kennington Ln, London SE11 5QY, UK, London, United Kingdom

IGNITE

Friday 26 May, 22:30

The night for men who smoke, and those who admire them. Come along to The Backstreet and join other horny smoking guys in the private outdoor smoking area. Normal Backstreet dresscode and entrance prices apply. More info: Nigel, aka LondonSubNigel (3)

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

London Leather Social

Sunday 04 Jun, 17:00

The monthly London get-together for guys in leather. Meet upstairs in Comptons, from 5pm onwards. No dresscode.

Comptons, Old Compton Street, London W1, United Kingdom

Fetish Bound

Friday 09 Jun, 19:00

London's monthly male bondage club in the Underground Club at Central Station. A friendly no attitude play space to meet play and socialise in, for all levels from the new to the experienced. More info: Dave, aka Tieemup (917)

The Underground Club, Central Station, 37 Wharfedale Road, King's Cross, London N1 9SD, United Kingdom

London Leathermen

Friday 16 Jun, 21:00

London Leathermen's monthly Club Night Social with Men.inc at the Eagle London from 9pm... free entrance, beer specials, secure clothes check, changing area, pool table, great music, outside private smoking terrace & bar, free (BBQ or buffet weather dependent) - great company so gear up and join us.

Eagle London, 349 Kennington Ln, London SE11 5QY, UK, London, United Kingdom

BLUF and LLM in the London Pride Parade

Saturday 08 Jul, 11:30

Join BLUF and London Leathermen for the Pride Parade, as we march in gear through the city streets. We'll have full details of where to assemble and the route of the march later on, but please add this item to your Travel Plans to ensure you keep updated

Venue to be confirmed, London, UK

Fetish Bound - London Fetish Week Special

Friday 14 Jul, 19:00

London's monthly male bondage club in the Underground Club at Central Station. A friendly no attitude play space to meet play and socialise in, for all levels from the new to the experienced. Late extension to 1am this month! More info: Dave, aka Tieemup (917)

The Underground Club, Central Station, 37 Wharfedale Road, King's Cross, London N1 9SD, United Kingdom

BLUF & IGNITE

Friday 14 Jul, 22:00

Join BLUF and IGNITE as they come together for a night of leather during London's Fetish Week. The outdoor smoking area will be available for guys who want to bring their pipes and cigars, too.

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

Fetish Bound

Friday 11 Aug, 19:00

London's monthly male bondage club in the Underground Club at Central Station. A friendly no attitude play space to meet play and socialise in, for all levels from the new to the experienced. More info: Dave, aka Tieemup (917)

The Underground Club, Central Station, 37 Wharfedale Road, King's Cross, London N1 9SD, United Kingdom

IGNITE

Saturday 26 Aug, 22:30

IGNITE: The night for men who smoke and their admirers. Join us at The Backstreet, where you can relax with a cigar or pipe in the private outdoor smoking area. Normal Backstreet dresscode and entrance charges apply. More info: Nigel, aka LondonSubNigel (3)

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

Fetish Bound

Friday 08 Sep, 19:00

London's monthly male bondage club in the Underground Club at Central Station. A friendly no attitude play space to meet play and socialise in, for all levels from the new to the experienced. More info: Dave, aka Tieemup (917)

The Underground Club, Central Station, 37 Wharfedale Road, King's Cross, London N1 9SD, United Kingdom

Fetish Bound - Samhain Special

Friday 13 Oct, 19:00

London's monthly male bondage club in the Underground Club at Central Station. A friendly no attitude play space to meet play and socialise in, for all levels from the new to the experienced. More info: Dave, aka Tieemup (917)

The Underground Club, Central Station, 37 Wharfedale Road, King's Cross, London N1 9SD, United Kingdom

London Leather Weekend

Thursday 19 October -> 22 Sunday Oct 17

Join London Leathermen for a weekend of events. Full details to follow, but the weekend will include a joint BLUF / London Leathermen social, a Mastery night, and BLUF's 20th birthday bash, plus more

Various venues, London, UK

BLUF's 20th Birthday Bash

Thursday 19 Oct, 22:00

BLUF is 20 this year! Our official birthday is on November 18th, and we're kicking off the celebrations with BLUF's Birthday Bash at The Backstreet, London's leather bar. The club is opening specially for us on Thursday 19th, and we hope to see many members in attendance - there may be a few surprises too. And if you can't get to London, we'll be having celebratory events in many other cities, too. This event is also part of the London Leather Weekend, so there are plenty of good reasons to head to London. Dresscode: BLUF Please note this event is for BLUF members and their guests only. More details will be available shortly. Info: Nigel, aka LondonSubNigel (3)

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

Fetish Bound - 8th Birthday Party

Friday 10 Nov, 19:00

London's monthly male bondage club in the Underground Club at Central Station. A friendly no attitude play space to meet play and socialise in, for all levels from the new to the experienced. More info: Dave, aka Tieemup (917)

The Underground Club, Central Station, 37 Wharfedale Road, King's Cross, London N1 9SD, United Kingdom

BLUF at Backstreet

Saturday 02 Dec, 22:00

Join us at Backstreet for the final BLUF event of 2017. Dig out your best gear, and come out for the last time before the holiday break. 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 08 Dec, 19:00

London's monthly male bondage club in the Underground Club at Central Station. A friendly no attitude play space to meet play and socialise in, for all levels from the new to the experienced. More info: Dave, aka Tieemup (917)

The Underground Club, Central Station, 37 Wharfedale Road, King's Cross, London N1 9SD, United Kingdom

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