BLUF Local: London

Information about London specific events, from Nigel, aka SubDirectory (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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Backstreeet: Appeal dismissed

The decision in the planning appeal regarding redevelopment of The Backstreet has been published today (Friday 9th August). The developers appealed against the council's decision not to grant planning permission.

Appeal dismissed

So, the council’s decision has been upheld and the redevelopment of The Backstreet, and the rest of the site, will not be permitted to go ahead. Theoretically, it is possible that the developers could ask for a judicial review, but given that the council, the Mayor of London, and the Planning Inspectorate have all decided against them, that would seem quite unlikely.

The screenshots attached to this news article contain some extracts from the report - and it’s clear that the Planning Inspector was not convinced by the undertakings made regarding The Backstreet.

Thanks are doubtless due not just to the people within the community who registered their objections, but to the council officers, in particular, Ms Gawne, whose ‘Proof of Evidence’ is available on the Tower Hamlets development portal.

This is a long document, but the part from page 50 (sections 9.61 to 9.118) provide a comprehensive argument for the retention of the club, including its importance to the leather community. To me, this shows the importance of making the representations we did, throughout the planning process. It is a well argued case, made by a public servant, for retaining an LGBT venue on its merit - something that would probably have been unimaginable twenty years ago.

So what happens now?

Honestly, no one knows. The future of The Backstreet is safe, for the time being. As mentioned above, it’s unlikely the developers will spend yet more money on a judicial review of the appeal.

They may - and very probably will - come back with an alternative development proposal. It’s worth remembering once again the timeline if they do. The current proposal was first exhibited in the autumn of 2013, six years ago. It took almost three years for the proposal to be turned into a planning application, and a further three years for that to reach its conclusion.

Planning is, as we’ve said before, a slow process. We will, of course, keep an eye on what happens next, and stand ready to fight once again if it’s necessary.

In the meantime, see you at Backstreet.

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Friday 09 August, Nigel, aka SubDirectory (3). Updated 09 Aug, 13:48 by Nigel, aka SubDirectory (3)

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London Pride Parade photos

07 Jul 2019

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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London Pride Parade update

10 Jun 2019

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

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BLUF at London's virtual Pride Parade

27 Jun 2020

Although London's Pride Parade couldn't take place this year, the capital has still been taken over by the festival. As part of the celebrations, the 'London Lights' advertising screen in Piccadilly Circus was taken over by Pride in London, and featured a slideshow of the groups that would have been taking part in the parade - including BLUF.

You can see our slide in the photo, or follow

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BLUF London online social

11 Jun 2020

Join us for our next BLUF London online social, the night before Pride, Friday 26th of June. Full details are in the calendar: BLUF London online social

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BLUF at Backstreet in 2020

20 Dec 2019

In 2020, we're making some changes to BLUF at Backstreet, principally to make it easier for people to know when it's happening. We now have a regular slot, on the first Friday of alternate months, starting in January, so we'll be at the club in March, May, July, September, and November as well.

We'd also love to hear from members who would like to host the events - keeping an eye out for newcomers

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Guardian article on the Backstreet

16 Aug 2019

Guardian journalist Rupert Neate has written an article about the Backstreet planning application: London council saves gay fetish club from redevelopment.

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Backstreet: the planning inquiry

22 May 2019

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

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London Pride Parade

03 Mar 2019

It's time to register for the London Pride Parade, and once again we're planning a joint presence with London Leathermen. If you'd like to take part, please add the event - BLUF in the London Pride Parade - to your Travel Plans, so we can estimate numbers. As in previous years, a wristband is required to take part, and so we need to know who's coming in advance. Non-members can email pride@bluf.com to

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Backstreet update: On and on and on

28 Jan 2019

I had hoped by now to have an update on the planning appeal for Backstreet, with at least the possibility of a date by which the decision would be made. In retrospect, I should have known better.

For those coming late to this, the planning appeal that was held in late January was the latest stage in a very long saga. The formal planning application was submitted in May 2016 - though the design

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Backstreet: How you can help save it

03 Dec 2018

If you’re reading this, chances are you’ve seen a call being circulated on social media to help try and save the Backstreet from closure. I’ve gathered together some information here to help you make the most effective submissions.

What’s happening?

In January of 2019, a planning appeal will be held that will determine whether or not The Backstreet continues in its present form. The appeal is a public inquiry, into a planning

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Another Backstreet update

17 Aug 2018

A little while ago we reported that the developers who own the building containing The Backstreet had lodged an appeal against the refusal of planning permission (see here). We can now update you with a little more information.

The chief aim of the planning appeals process isn't to re-make the arguments, but rather to see if the decision was made correctly based on the evidence presented - so we didn't ask everyone to

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Backstreet: developers are appealing

14 Jun 2018

I last wrote about the planning application for The Backstreet in November - Planning wheels grind exceeding slow - when it had been formally rejected by the Tower Hamlets planning committee. In fact, the official refusal notice wasn't issued until the 14th of December. As I noted at the time, there is a six month window in which the developer can launch an appeal, which means that today - the 14th of June 2018

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Get ready for London Pride

04 Apr 2018

There are just three months now until London's Pride Parade, and once again BLUF will be marching with London Leathermen. Everyone's welcome to join us, but you need to register as soon as you can. We'll have more details closer to the time, but for now, make sure you save the date!

BLUF in the London Pride Parade

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BLUF at Backstreet in 2018

18 Dec 2017

Get your diaries out! We've set the dates for BLUF events at The Backstreet for 2018, with five events scheduled across the year. You'll find them all in the calendar, and you can check the posters out on this page. All the shots were taken by Matt Spike at BLUF's 20th Birthday Bash in October 2017. Thanks to those members featured for letting us use their images.

The dates are:

Planning wheels grind exceeding slow

28 Nov 2017

Back in August, we reported that the application to redevelop the Backstreet site had been rejected, even though the new plans included a new space for the club in the basement. Since then, it's been a waiting game, wondering if the developer would appeal the decision, and what comes next.

Almost unnoticed, last week there was another milestone, of sorts, in the form of a response by the Mayor of London

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London Leather Weekend is almost here

12 Oct 2017

London Leather Weekend is almost here - the first event, John Pendal's "How to escape from stuff" is on Tuesday the 17th, and there are plenty of other things too, including nights at The Backstreet and The Eagle, dinners, brunches and a fetish market. You'll find all the details in the BLUF calendar.

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Backstreet planning update

18 Aug 2017

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

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Backstreet Planning Update - Digging Deeper

13 Jul 2017

After having twice had their proposals thrown out by the Strategic Development Committee, it was inevitable that developers would have to think a little harder about how they altered the proposal, and the future of The Backstreet.

Thanks to letters from supporters and - I like to think - my speeches at the planning meetings, we persuaded the Committee that it was essential to preserve the club, and that a relocation strategy

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Travelling to Backstreet this weekend?

13 Jul 2017

If you're planning to attend any events at The Backstreet this weekend - in particular the BLUF & IGNITE event on Friday, note that the annual Lovebox festival is taking place in Victoria Park, which is not far away.

This means that bus routes in the area will be diverted, and from previous experience the diversions can be very long, especially as the streets round the park will be full of people leaving

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Tom of Finland comes to London

24 Jun 2017

The long awaited film about Tom of Finland receives its London premiere on Friday 30th June, as part of the East London Film Festival. It'll be showing at the Hackney Picture House in Mare Street, with tickets £12.50 each. Full details are in the BLUF calendar: Tom of Finland - London Premiere

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Pride is coming to London

07 Jun 2017

London's Pride Parade is on the 8th of July, and BLUF will be joining with London Leathermen (London Leathermen) to march together. We'll have more details as they're announced, including the location to form up, and the time, so please do keep an eye on the event listing at BLUF and LLM in the London Pride Parade

As wrist-bands are required to gain access to the parade, numbers are limited. Please let us

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Backstreet - another win

26 Apr 2017

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

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It lives! The Backstreet planning application has been revised

31 Mar 2017

It was inevitable that the developers would be back with a new plan, but no one expected it so soon. Barely a month after the plans for a 15 storey tower to replace The Backstreet were rejected, the developers have submitted a revised application. In fact, they've not even waited for the official Officers' report detailing the rejection to be brought forward to the Committee.

So, what does this mean? It means, yet, again

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London Leather Weekend and BLUF's Birthday Bash

25 Mar 2017

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

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Planning committee minutes

16 Mar 2017

For those who want to read the full details of the discussion at last month's Strategic Development Committee, where the decision regarding redevelopment of The Backstreet site was taken, the minutes of the meeting can now be downloaded from the Tower Hamlets website. Direct PDF download

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February in London

02 Feb 2017

This month there are four special nights at The Backstreet, including BLUF on Saturday 11th Feb, Meat Rack on Saturday 4th, plus Down & Dirty on the 25th, and Rubbrd on the 18th.

Elsewhere there's the London Leather Social on Sunday 5th at Comptons, and London Leathermen's usual club night is at the Eagle on Friday 17th, with FetishBound at Central Station on the 10th.

Looking further ahead, the date for the first

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Fighting for The Backstreet

07 Jan 2017

Last spring, we wrote about the threat of redevelopment facing The Backstreet, London's only leather bar, together with information about how to oppose the application.

Nothing much has happened for a while, and so far the application hasn't even come up before the Planning Committee. However, at least some of those who objected have received letters, indicating that some changes have been made to the application. One of the chief objections to the scheme

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This month in London

02 Jan 2017

While we don't have any BLUF events in the capital until next month, there are still a few things worth checking out in January in London.

  • The Leather Social is on Sunday 8th. From February it reverts to the first Sunday of the month
  • The weekend of 20/21 is Mr Leather UK, organised by London Leathermen.

As well as the competition itself, the weekend will include a Mastery event at Backstreet

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London's October highlights

30 Sep 2016

The autumn's here, which is a great excuse to wrap yourself up in a few layers of leather and get out in London - and there's a fair bit to do in October.

On Sunday the 2nd it's the monthly Leather Social at Comptons.

On Saturday the 8th, Backstreet will be celebrating 25 years of TOM of Finland.

Then, from Thursday 20th to Sunday 23rd it's the London Leather Weekend, when BLUF

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London Leather Weekend

22 Aug 2016

London Leathermen are celebrating their birthday in October, and they're organising a weekend of events, from Thursday 20th October. BLUF is pleased to be joining with their for their BLACKOUT XXX night at The Eagle, on Friday 21st.

You can find out more details via the link below - click Related events to see all the things happening that weekend.

Update: the Night Tube will be extended to the Jubilee line earlier in

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The Night Tube is here!

14 Aug 2016

Starting Friday 19th of August, London's tube will be running all night on Friday and Saturday nights, and the first lines to launch will provide access to Vauxhall, home to many gay venues, and Mile End, home of London's leather bar The Backstreet.

Services initially start on the Victoria line and the Central line. On the Victoria, they'll serve the whole line every ten minutes, while on the Central Line (which passes through Mile

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Pride Parade - Latest Update

17 Jun 2016

The Pride Parade is almost here, and if you want to join BLUF and London Leathermen marching, it is essential you let us know. We have requested wristbands for those who have told us they want to take part, and a few extras - but if you turn up and there are no bands available, you will not be able to join the parade.

We will be meeting at the King's Arms on Poland

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Step up to save London's leather bar

08 Jun 2016

The Backstreet, London's only strict leather bar, is under threat from development plans.

Before you panic, it's not going to suddenly vanish, and this isn't the first time there have been plans put forward to redevelop the site - something that, obviously, is not going to include a new space in the application labelled 'gay leather bar.' The last time a serious proposal was put forward was in 2007, and it went nowhere

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A new era for MSC London

18 May 2016

This Friday (20th May) sees the start of a new era for MSC London. Formed more than 40 years ago, in a time when acceptance of LGBT people was very different, the group has now officially changed its name to London Leathermen.

Paul Turner told me "We no longer need to hide behind the 1970s euphemism of Motor Sport Club, and took the decision at our AGM in March to rename the club, and

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Pride March Update - 11am rendezvous

19 Apr 2016

If you're planning on joining BLUF and London Leathermen (the new name for MSC London) for the Pride March, please do let us know, so we can have an idea of numbers.

We're starting to firm up our plans for the day, now that the route has been announced. Thanks to the King's Arms in Poland Street, who will be opening their doors from 11am on the 25th, providing us with a place to

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Clone Zone launches Mr S Leather collection, plus free BLUF coach

31 Mar 2016

Our friends at Clone Zone have teamed up with Mr S Leather to launch the largest collection of Mr S gear in Europe. They'll be unveiling it in the newly refurbished basement of their Earls Court store on Saturday 30th of April.

The launch party starts at 7pm, and there'll be a discount on the day of 15%.

Even better, there's a BLUF party at Backstreet the same night, and Clone Zone will

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London Pride March Update

09 Mar 2016

We've had a first update for London Pride, following the open meeting held last night. There are two key things worth noting at this stage:

  1. The route of the march has changed slightly. It now starts from Portland Place, rather than Baker Street. This means the arrangements for assembling will be slightly different, and we'll post more information as soon as we have it. It won't make sense to gather in the same

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What's on in London this month

02 Mar 2016

We don't have a BLUF party in London for you this month - the next one is on April 30th - but there are still plenty of things to keep you busy.

MASTERY returns to The Backstreet this weekend, on Saturday 5th, and the following day it's the regular London Leather Social upstairs at Comptons.

Friday 11th is the monthly bondage night, FetishBound, at Central Station in King's Cross, while the following week

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London Pride March Update

03 Feb 2016

We're happy to confirm that once again this year, we'll be joining forces with MSC London to take part in the Pride Parade, and we hope to have a bigger leather presence than ever.

All are welcome, whether or not you're a member of BLUF or of MSC London. BLUF members can add the event to your Travel Plans on the site, and there's a Facebook event page at https://www.facebook

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Get in free at XXL Leather

14 Jan 2016

A quick heads up for BLUF men in London - on the 30th of this month it's XXL Leather, and there's apparently free entrance for people in full leather. So we hope there'll be a fair few BLUF members going along. Full details are in the calendar: XXL Leather

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Christmas Give-away at Backstreet

16 Dec 2015

This Saturday we've teamed up with Clonezone and Regulation, plus our friends at Mastery, to lay on a special Christmas Give-away.

There are hundreds of pounds worth of goodies up for grabs during the BLUF party on Saturday night, and you don't need to be a BLUF member to take part. Just turn up at The Backstreet and you'll be given a ticket for the draw, which will be held around half past midnight

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Backstreet's Back!

15 Dec 2015

We're delighted to announce that The Backstreet has finished their rewiring works, and the club reopens this week. We'll be helping them celebrate with a BLUF party on Saturday night, 19th December, complete with some special Xmas give-aways.

And don't forget the New Year's Eve party on the 31st, either.

You can find details of the club's Christmas and New Year opening times on their website http://www.thebackstreet.com/whats_on_christmas

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BLUF London Social update (Thursday 10th)

10 Dec 2015

The electrical work at The Backstreet is almost finished, however it will not be complete in time for Friday's event.

So, the BLUF London Social will be taking place at Eagle London, during their Men Inc. night. Entrance to the club is free before 10pm, and £5 afterwards.

The work at Backstreet will be finished early next week, and the club's official re-opening event will be the BLUF party next weekend. We'll be

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BLUF London Social update (Tuesday 8th)

08 Dec 2015

A brief update regarding this Friday's BLUF London Social.

First: I do not yet have news on the status of The Backstreet. I will be getting some this week. When I do, I will post the information on this page and there will also be a mailshot to all those who registered for the event, or are on the appropriate BLUF mailing list.

So, you do not need to message me personally here

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Backstreet and BLUF in December 2015

28 Nov 2015

As we've reported before, The Backstreet - home to most of the BLUF London events - has been closed since mid October, after their power supply cable was damaged by nearby roadworks. We're delighted to hear that the new power connection, which requires excavations in the alley outside the venue, is scheduled to finish in early December, allowing the club to re-open.

BLUF has a scheduled event at The Backstreet on Friday 11th of

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Big savings with the BLUF membership card in November

14 Nov 2015

If you don't already have a BLUF membership card, there are some great savings to be had this month by getting one. To download your card, you have to donate at least 5 pounds to BLUF, and then you can get your card here or display it in our Android app.

In addition to the usual discounts with the card, on the day of a BLUF event in London, the discount at

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Backstreet update

27 Oct 2015

The Backstreet remains closed at present, due to electrical power supply problems caused by major roadworks nearby. We will update this page as soon as we have additional information.

In the meantime, if you are planning to attend an event at the club, please check the club's website http://www.thebackstreet.com or Twitter feed, @BackstreetE3 for the latest information before travelling.

Our understanding is that the work

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Backstreet closed 23rd-25th October

23 Oct 2015

Because of an electrical fault, The Backstreet will be closed this weekend

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We want your feedback on BLUF events in London

18 Oct 2015

Thank you for joining the BLUF Local: London group.

Although 2015 isn't over, we're already starting to plan BLUF events for 2016, which will include a presence in the London Pride parade again, as well as club nights.

Before we get too far into all the details of that, though, I'd like to ask you for feedback on our events, so we can see about making them better.

Here are a few

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This month in London

02 Oct 2015

There's a lot on for leather folk in London this month, with some new nights at The Backstreet, including a flogging masterclass, MSC London's Blackout XXX and of course regular socials from MSC and London Leather Social.

To see all the forthcoming events, click the 'Events' link in the panel at the right.

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A fun packed weekend

25 Sep 2015

If you're in London this weekend, don't forget that we have two events taking place at The Backstreet.

On Friday night, it's IGNITE, the night for men who smoke and their admirers, while on Saturday night it's BLUF.

Doors open at 10pm for both events, and the usual Backstreet dresscode and entrance fees apply.

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Leather highlights for Fetish Week

12 Jul 2015

It's Recon's Fetish Week, and there are a few events we think are of particular interest to leather guys.

On Monday evening, the official Fetish Week screening of Daddy and the Muscle Academy is at 7pm in Soho. You need to buy tickets for it in advance, at 13 pounds plus the booking fee.

From Thursday to Saturday, our friends at Mastery are having their own weekend at Backstreet, to make sure there's

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Pride in London

28 Jun 2015

Thanks to all who came along to march yesterday, we had the largest turnout of BLUF men so far, and a great reception from the crowd.

We'll have plenty more photos soon, but in the meantime here's one we've been sent, from the line up before the march started. Image copyright 2015, Pride in London.

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Marching with BLUF at London Pride

26 Jun 2015

A final update on the details for Saturday:

I'll be outside Old Marylebone Town Hall on the Marylebone Road from as near to noon as I can manage, with the BLUF flag. The town hall is a little to the west of Baker Street - turn right out of the station, and it's on the opposite side just after the second intersection.

At around 1225 or so, we'll be moving off to our parade

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Pride is almost here - come march with us

14 Jun 2015

London Pride is just under two weeks away now, and BLUF is happy to welcome any leather/fetish people to join our official marching group - you don't have to be a BLUF member, or come in gear.

If you'd like to join us, please do let us know via email so that we can give a reasonable estimate of numbers to Pride.

We'll be meeting up from around 1200 on the Saturday 27th

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Light up on the 13th of June

28 May 2015

The next IGNITE - the night for men who smoke and their admirers - is at The Backstreet on Saturday 13th June. Normal Backstreet entrance charges apply, and we'll be there from around 10.30pm.

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Do you want to join us on the London Pride Parade

20 May 2015

Do you want to march with other guys at London Pride? BLUF is registered a a walking group, and we've added additional details to the listing in the calendar:

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London's leather bar turns 30

17 Mar 2015

Backstreet, London's only real leather bar, turns 30 this year. Opened by John in 1985, the club has been based in Mile End ever since, and is increasingly busy these days, thanks to events like BLUF, IGNITE, Mastery and Rubber Reunion.

With a strict dress code of leather or rubber, it's now one of the few places in Europe where you can be sure people will be geared up. Thanks to the outdoor smoking

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Mr Leather UK competition

12 Mar 2015

The Mr Leather UK competition will be held on Friday, 20th March, at Expectations in Great Eastern Street.

The competition is being organised by our friends at MSC London, and there's still time to enter - you need to apply by the 19th. Full details, including an application form, can be found on their website at www.msclondon.co.uk/news.html

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Photos from the March Leather Social

08 Mar 2015

As usual, there were quite a few BLUF members at the Leather Social this month, along with many other people. I took a few photos, and you can see the best of them on my Flickr page at https://flic.kr/s/aHsk97KAMA

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The Backstreet's 30th birthday

16 Feb 2015

Did you know that The Backstreet - London's only strict dresscode leather & rubber bar - will be thirty years old this year?

The club opened in April 1985, and we hear that the birthday party will be held this year on Saturday 18th of April. We'll update this page with more details as soon as we have them.

We hope that as many people as possible will come along to some of

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Mayday Bank Holiday

30 Jan 2015

If you're planning a trip to London, don't forget that the Mayday Bank Holiday weekend has plenty going on, so we thought we'd give you some advance notice.

On the Friday night, 1st of May, it's IGNITE, which is the night for guys into gear and smoking - cigars, pipes or cigarettes.

Saturday night is BLUF at The Backstreet, while Sunday afternoon/evening is the monthly Leather Social, upstairs at Comptons in Soho.

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Backstreet holiday opening hours

08 Dec 2014

If you're in London over the holidays and looking for a leather bar, bad news - The Backstreet is closed for its annual Xmas break from Monday 22nd, and won't be open at all on the weekend after Xmas (26-28th).

It will reopen on New Year's Even Weds 31st, for the usual party, where entrance is £10 for club members, and £15 for others.

It then opens again on Friday 2nd January as

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John's guide to Leather and Bear London

06 Nov 2014

Former IML John Pendal has for several years maintained a useful guide to London's leather scene. He's just given it a bit update, and a new home on the web. You can now find the guide at http://www.leatherlondonguide.com

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London events for 2015

05 Nov 2014

We're working on events for 2015, and already quite a few have been added to the calendar - click the link at the right for the latest list.

The first BLUF of the year will be at Backstreet on Saturday 21st of February. There'll also be one at Backstreet on Saturday 2nd of May, and on Sat 26th of September

London Pride is on 27th June, and we've already registered BLUF as a marching

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Halloween weekend in London

23 Oct 2014

Halloween weekend is looking like a great opportunity to get out in your gear in London this year.

On the Friday night, MSC London are hosting their Blackout XXX event in the underground bar at Central Station, King's Cross, from 7pm.

Doors open at the Backstreet at 10pm the same night for Hooded Halloween, brought to you by the Mastery team.

On Saturday 1st November, it's BLUF at The Backstreet, from 10pm

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Leather Social next weekend

28 Sep 2014

Don't forget it's the London Leather Social next Sunday, 5th October. Hope to see lots of you there..

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Warm up for Folsom Europe with IGNITE and the Leather Social

26 Aug 2014

Whether or not you're heading to Folsom Europe, the weekend before is a great change to get your leathers on in London, as it's IGNITE at The Backstreet on Saturday 6th September, with the London Leather Social at Compton's the following afternoon.

So, don't wait for Berlin - get into gear and come join us!

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New calendar dates added

04 Aug 2014

We've just done a big update to the BLUF calendar, which includes quite a few new London events - including the IGNITE event for smoking guys on 6th September, and a BLUF at The Backstreet on 1st of November.

Both of those events are a Saturday, and the first weekend of the month, which means that there'll be a second chance to catch up with people the following day at the monthly London Leather

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London Pride photos

01 Jul 2014

Thanks to all who came along and took part in the London Pride Parade on the 28th of June - and to those who cheered and waved from the sidelines.

We've yet to develop all our own photos, but in the meantime, if you visit the BLUF blog you'll find three collections featuring the BLUF and MSC group - just click the Community menu at the top of the page and select Blog

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Assembling for the London Pride Parade

14 Jun 2014

We'll be meeting for the London Pride Parade in the same place as in previous years, which is at the corner of Marylebone Rd and Allsop Place (by the old London Planetarium) from 1130 to 1200 before moving to take our place in the line up for the march.

Just come out of the main exit of Baker Street Station and turn to your left. Look for the MSC London and BLUF banners on

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IGNITE on 14th June

04 Jun 2014

Don't forget that on the 14th of June, it's IGNITE, the event for smoking guys and their admirers at Backstreet. Organised by BLUF's webmaster, it usually attracts a fair number of BLUF guys, as well as other leather men into smoking, so why not come along and join in the fun?

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London Pride Parade - update

28 May 2014

If you'd like to join BLUF in the London Pride Parade, you'll find us marching with MSC London, as we did last year. We've now received our official position, and we're in the first section of the march, at position G08.

We'll have more details about exactly where and when to meet nearer the time; please check back, or follow the links to register for email updates from BLUF Local: London

The Facebook event

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Photos from the London Leather Social

06 May 2014

A selection of photos from the London Leather Social on May 4th can be viewed at https://flic.kr/s/aHsjXZSx4x

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This weekend in London

29 Apr 2014

Here's a quick rundown of BLUF and related events in London this weekend for you.

Friday night is IGNITE, the event for men who smoke and their admirers. That's at Backstreet, from around 10.30pm. Normal Backstreet entrance charges apply - so wear tall boots and you'll get in free.

On Saturday, as there's a BLUF London event in the evening, the usual 10% discount at Regulation

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Bank Holiday weekend

19 Apr 2014

Don't forget, it's not long until the next Bank Holiday weekend at the start of May. And it's a busy one leatherwise, with IGNITE and BLUF at The Backstreet, plus the Leather Social on Sunday at Comptons. So what better excuse do you need to get geared up for the weekend?

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London Pride Parade

11 Apr 2014

BLUF will on once again be joining with MSC London to march in the London Pride Parade. If you would like to join us, please let us know, either here or via the Facebook event page.

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BLUF discount at Regulation

10 Apr 2014

If you're in town tomorrow for don't forget that as it's the day of a BLUF event, the member discount at Regulation is 15% rather than the usual 10%.

All you need to do is show your BLUF membership card in store. And if you don't have a membership card yet, just click the option on the BLUF menu when signed in to the site.

You can find details of the store at

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April and May

26 Mar 2014

Just over two weeks now until the next BLUF in London, at the Hoist, and then don't forget the big bumper mayday bank holiday weekend, when there's IGNITE at Backstreet on Friday 2nd of May, followed by BLUF at The Backstreet on Saturday 3rd, and on Sunday afternoon it's the monthly Leather Social at Comptons.

So that's at least three good reasons to come up to London for the holiday weekend, or to dig

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Leather Social Movie Night

14 Mar 2014

If you fancy a night of short leather and kink related films, why not come along to the Leather Social Movie Night, at Vogue Fabrics in Dalston? Full details:

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Two events this weekend!

12 Mar 2014

Don't forget that if you're in town this weekend, there are two fun things to do on Friday night. Over at Expectations in Great Eastern Street, it's Mr Leather UK, while a couple of stops away on the tube away it's Fetishbound, the monthly night for guys into bondage, organised by @917@. Remember that if you're a BLUF member, you can save 3 quid on the entrance to FetishBound by showing your BLUF card.

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