XXL London is showcasing bears in all their glory
In the midst of the global pandemic, when all of our gay nightlife options feel like a distant memory, there’s a special place in our hearts for XXL London.
One of London’s gay super-clubs, XXL had closed its doors before Covid-19 hit. It will be interesting to see how London’s queer nightlife re-emerges in the post-vaccine new-normal, but it’s going to hard to top the sexed-up energy of XXL.
To help remind us of the undeniable allure of big hairy men, the boys behind XXL London have been flooding their Twitter with bears – showcasing a Bear Of The Day, and fuelling our fap fantasies as we imagine snuggling down for a bit of hibernation with these big beefy boys.
The end of XXL
XXL was founded in the year 2000, by Mark Ames. The club night started in the railway arches near London Bridge, before moving to its current home at Pulse – on the south side of Blackfriars Bridge.
XXL began life as a bear club, but the atmosphere and the music was so good that it soon attracted guys of all shapes and sizes.
There had been some dramas over the years, as the club gave fairly clear signals that it valued a Masc4Masc vibe, so there were lots of people within the broader LGBTQ who felt that XXL wasn’t a welcoming space for them.
This was a club that got hot and sweaty. It was a shirts-off kind of place. You’d always see lots of guys rocking a harness.
XXL’s Dark Room was always one of the highlights. It was a big, maze-like space that was dimly lit but not too dark – you could still see what you were doing and who you were doing. Sex in XXL’s Dark Room was often anonymous, generally just a quick hookup. There was never any pressure to do anything you didn’t want to do. It was good fun.
It all came to end when planning permission was given to redevelop the area that had been the home to XXL. There was a war of words between XXL and the office of the Mayor of London, but ultimately XXL was left without a home.
While the venue at Pulse is no longer available to XXL, it’s fairly clear that we haven’t heard the last of this party brand for the gay men of London.
It’s probably worth following them on Twitter to find out what happens next.