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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News from BLUF Local: London

Backstreet planning update

On Thursday 17th August, the proposal to redevelop The Backstreet site came up again. If you've not been following it, you can read about the current proposal here. Essentially, the plans are as before, but with the addition of a new space in the basement for The Backstreet.

That means that, to an extent, the club should be safe whichever way the meeting went - if the proposal was thrown out, the club stays where it is, and if it was passed, then it would stay where it is for at least a year, close for a period, and then re-open in the new basement.

So, we didn't ask people to formally object this time round, however I registered to speak in opposition at the meeting, specifically to ensure that some concerns could be raised about ensuring that the re-provision did go ahead. The developer's representative agreed that there would be no problem with a binding term regarding the club being included in the heads of terms - the legal document between council and developer - which is good news. It allays the main concern some people have expressed, that promising to rebuild is just a way to get people to stop objecting, rather than a firm commitment. Effectively, I don't think we can get a firmer promise than this.

As it turned out, the meeting rejected the plans, largely for the same reasons as before. It's worth noting that everyone who spoke, both for and against, appears to be very keen to preserve the club. While its loss is no longer a grounds for refusing the application, however, there were concerns expressed about the mixed use of the building.

Essentially, some of the councillors are worried about a possible clash between the club as part of the "night time economy" and the residential properties above, and whether or not noise will cause complaints. There are some new guidelines called "Agent of change" rules about this sort of stuff, and it may be that more work has to be done to show that the application complies with them. Particular concern was expressed over the potential for noise at the end of the evening.

I this, I think, the councillors are slightly mistaken, because the nature of the club means that it doesn't really empty out like others, with everyone leaving around the same time, but there wasn't an opportunity to explain that at the meeting. The main concern here seemed to be, rather than not wanting the club, a worry that in the words of one councillor, it could be "setting the club up to fail."

So, this is something we'll have to think about if the plans come back to the committee in a modified form. Will that happen? It's hard to say at the moment. More likely is that the developer will appeal against the decision, and looking at the notes from the planning officers to the councillors, I'd say there's a good chance they'll succeed.

Once again, watch this space, to find out what happens next.

An additional report of the meeting can be found on the Meotra web site, and my annotated real-time tweets are here.

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Friday 18 August, Nigel, aka LondonSubNigel (3). Updated 18 Aug, 12:07 by Nigel, aka LondonSubNigel (3)

BLUF Blog: London

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 ManFetishes, aka Steve (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

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

London Leather Social

Sunday 03 Sep, 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 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

London Leathermen

Friday 15 Sep, 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

London Leather Social

Sunday 01 Oct, 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 - 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

London Leathermen

Friday 20 Oct, 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

London Leather Social

Sunday 05 Nov, 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 - 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

London Leathermen

Friday 17 Nov, 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 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

London Leather Social

Sunday 03 Dec, 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 - 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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