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Get out and active

Your A-Z guide to activities and groups

Get out and active is an A-Z listing of groups, activities and interests in Greater London and further afield, LGBT+ run and/ or LGBT+ friendly.

Updated regularly, this section was last reviewed in October 2023.

This icon next to an activity means there appears to be no noticeable activity in 6 months or more. The line of text below each listing is usually edited from the activity in question.

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Updated regularly, this section was last reviewed in October 2023 but this icon next to a listing means there appears to have been no noticeable activity in 6 months, or more.

Alcohol-free and mindful drinking
Queers Without Beers
A queer night out with no alcohol. 
Join Club Soda
Helps you live well by being more mindful about drinking.

Architecture
Gay Architecture Group | Meetup
LGBT+ group visits buildings, neighbourhoods, exhibitions and events.

Arts and crafts
Wise Thoughts
Dynamic local, national and international arts initiatives and multi-media art projects.
Studio Upstairs
Arts and health charity and creative community hub for people with mental or emotional difficulties.
Bits and Pieces
Creates accessible and fun art spaces that encourage everyone to get involved, regardless of experience, and without worrying about the finished product. London and Brighton
Make Town
Knitting, macramé, sewing, and weaving workshops in East London.

Badminton
Goslings Sports Club
London’s largest and popular badminton club for LGBT+ players and their friends.
LYC London
Engaging and diverse badminton club for LGBT+ players and their friends in London.
Smash Hits London Badminton Club | Meetup
Welcomes all members of and those who are accepting of the LGBT+ community.

Ballroom dancing
The Pink Jukebox
Ballroom and Latin dance club for members of the LGBT community and their friends.

Basketball
London Knights
Inclusive men's and women's basketball teams playing in London and international tournaments.
London Cruisers
 Women’s basketball team.

Bird watching
Gay Birders Club
Organising events and providing facilities for the LGBT community since 1994.

Bisexual social groups
Bi Coffee London
Relaxed coffee meet, everyone welcome.
Bi Community News (Magazine)
Magazine with news, resources and events.
Bisexual Underground
Bisexual Underground is a London-based relaxed, friendly meet for bisexuals and their friends.
Bi.W.Hitched
Friendship-focused, social and supportive group.
London Bisexuals
Hang out, chat, have fun; see, learn and take part in some bi / LGBT+ culture, history, and activism.

Bowling
GaySocial: Fun Gay Social Events | Meetup
Active social events for gay and bi guys in London, including tenpin bowling, monthly.
Bowling Bears | Bowling Bears 

Boxing
Knockout
A friendly nonprofit boxing club for London's LGBTQ+ community and friends.

Bridge
South London Gay Bridge Group
Play in a relaxed and fun environment, with an emphasis on social than competitive bridge.
West London Gay Bridge Club
Friendly group, meeting to play bridge and socialise, only gay bridge club to be affiliated to the English Bridge Union.

Canoeing 
Rainbow Paddlers: LGBTQ+ Paddlesport
Join fellow LGBTQ+ pirates for a relaxing early evening paddle.

Caravaning and motor homes
Gay Caravan and Motorhome Club
UK-based club for the gay community who just happen to share a common interest and own a caravan, tent or motorhome.
Freedom Club
Caravan and camping club for gay men and women.

Chemsex/ drug use/ awareness (open mic evening)
Let’s Talk About Gay Sex and Drugs

Choirs (also see Singing)
Diversity Choir
London’s original lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community chamber choir.
London Gay Men’s Chorus
Boasting over 200 members, this once small band of singers now calls itself the London Gay Men’s Chorus.
Many Voices
Sing for fun with Many Voices LGBTIQ (and allies) singing evenings.
Pink Singers
Formed in 1983 for the Lesbian and Gay Pride march, the Pink Singers is an LGBTQ+ community choir based in London.
The Fourth Choir
London's LGBT + chamber choir for advanced singers.
Joyful Noise Choir
inclusive, peer support group made up entirely of people living with HIV.
London Trans Choir
London's first trans, non-binary, intersex, gender non-conforming, and gender-fluid choir.

Climbing
 Not So Trad
Trad, sport, alpine, bouldering, Scottish winter and everything in between.

Classic cars
Gay Classic Car Group
Club for LGBT classic car enthusiasts and their friends.

Coming Out Socials
Matrix
Non-scene social group from London Friend for gay and bisexual men from all backgrounds.

Computer Coding
Queer Code London
Queer programmers writing code within a supportive environment, with talks, workshops, and social events.

Cricket
Grace’s Cricket Club Grace’s Cricket Club
Founded in April 1996 to promote the enjoyment of the game of cricket amongst the LGBT community.

Cycling
Cycle Out London
Founded to be a safe place for the LGBTQIA+ community and their friends to get active on a bike.

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Dancing
Exilio Latino
A seasoned club enthusiast or just looking for fun, EXILIO is the spot for you for a memorable night out.
Cheek2Cheek | Brighton LGBT+ Sports Society
Dance club for the LGBTQ community to provide a relaxed and friendly environment in which people can learn to dance and also socialise.
Dance Out Loud
LGBTQ 5 rhythms and open floor movement, art and meditation dance class.
Rainbow Nation Dance Academy (RNDA), formally Gay Men’s Dance Company
Fun, friendly, welcoming and affordable, led by industry professionals.
Gay Gordons London
We are a Scottish Country Dance Club for the London LGBTQIA+ community and their friends.
Kensington Dance Studio
Aims to bring all forms of social dancing to everyone in an elegant and sociable atmosphere.
Queer Tango London
A dance, freed from any perceived notions of gender roles allowing anyone to lead and to follow.
The Cactus Club
London's LGBT line dancing classes and social club where everyone is welcome.

Dating and speed dating
Gay Speed Dating
Generic speed-dating website with a section for gay men and lesbians; events scheduled throughout the year.
Suite and Tie Society
Group for gay men attracted by formal dress and those who wear it. Based in London.
Urban Connections
Gay speed dating events for gay/ bi/ pan in London.

Drug, alcohol and chemsex support groups
Drug, alcohol and chemsex support groups
Check out our listings of organisations, some of which provide socials and meet-ups and/ or opportunities to volunteer.

Film, queer cinema and filmmaking (see also Cinema)
Buffs: Gay Men's Movie | Meetup
Hosts cinema and entertainment experience events where gay and bi men can come together, share in the fun and make new friends.
The VITO Project Film Club
A celebration of cinema, community and LGBTQ+ diversity showing some of the best in LGBTQ+ and queer film.
The Last Frame Club
Queer film club focusing on underrepresented filmmakers and important stories. Spain and UK.
Scream Queens | Meetup
LGBTQ group for cult and LGBTQ films in London. Especially for fans of old, new and cult, horror and LGBTQ films.
Queer Film Network
Bringing queer film programmers together and developing thriving LGBTQIA+ audiences.

Football
Left Footers FC  
Play in Regents Park, where we have a laid-back 'jumpers-for-goalposts' approach and welcome anyone from novice to pro.
London Titans FC
Provides a safe environment for anyone to come and play football, regardless of sexuality, age, race, religion or ability.
Soho FC
Soho FC is a gay friendly, LGBTQ+ football team in London, formed in 2013.
Barnes Stormers
Competitive football but with a focus on fair play and fun.
Friendly mixed group, covering all sexualities and abilities of footballing skills, speaking over 20 languages.
Stonewall FC
A safe space for anyone who wishes to get involved with football.
Queerspace FC
Your local friendly queer kickabout. All ages and abilities welcome!
Gay Football Supporter’s Network
Governing body of the world's only dedicated LGBTQ+ football league spanning 3 nations of the United Kingdom with affiliated members in Northern Ireland and The Republic of Ireland.

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G-H-I

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Gaming and gamers
GAYMERSiNC.
London gaymers and geeks who share one mission: to play video games, make lasting friendships and geek out.

Hockey
London Royals Hockey Club
First openly LGBTQ+ Hockey Club in the UK with many available teams to join at all levels.

Golf
Out2 Golf UK
Inclusive group of LGBT+ golfers and allies based in London with members all over the UK.

Gyms
We have purposely not included gyms as many are inclusive and/ or are not LGBT+ specifically.

HIV support, socials and meet-ups
HIV organisations, campaigns and support groups
Check out our listings of organisations, some of which provide socials and meet-ups and/ or opportunities to volunteer.

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Jazz band
London Gay Big Band
Fun, fresh and fab 20-piece jazz orchestra made up of talented LGBTQ+ musicians and vocalists.

Kickboxing
KB Kickboxing
Inclusive training space, where everybody looks out for one another, without discrimination of any kind.

Line dancing
The Cactus Club
London's LGBT line dancing classes and social club where everyone is welcome.

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Martial arts
Ishigaki Martial Arts Club
Promotes a safe and tolerant environment for anyone who wishes to train with us.
KB Kickboxing
Inclusive training space, where everybody looks out for one another, without discrimination of any kind.

Motorbiking
Gay Bikers Motorcycle Club
Building friendships and sharing great times through a common love of motorcycling.

Orchestra and symphony
London Gay Symphony Orchestra
With an active membership, the orchestra is as much a social group as a musical one.
Symphony London Gay Symphonic Winds
LGSW is the capital’s only symphonic wind band from and for the LGBTQ+ communities.

Outdoors
Gay Outdoor Club
Provides a wide range of outdoor and indoor sports and recreational activities for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender men and women.
Outdoors Lads
Friendly group of gay, bisexual and trans men who get together to enjoy adventures and activities.

Over 55s and older persons
Opening Doors for Older Persons
National charity connecting LGBTQ+ people over 50 with activities, events, support and information.

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Parkour
Parkour Generations
Parkour UK
Recognised National Governing Body (NGB) for Parkour/ Freerunning in the UK.

Photography
LGBTQ+ Photography Walks | Meetup
LGBT+ group and friends capturing the moods and themes of London.

Poetry and open mic
Incite Poetry
London's oldest-running queer spoken word night.
Spoken Word London
Open-mic poetry and performance night for anyone to come and join in, whether to speak or listen.

Politics
Conservative LGBT Group
Provides an LGBT+ voice within the Party, and a Conservative voice in the LGBT+ community.
LGBTIQIA Green Party
Aims to increase awareness and understanding of LGBTIQA+ issues within the Green Party, progressive movements and society as a whole.
LGBT Labour
Ensure the Labour Party and the trade unions support and act in favour of LGBT+ rights and encourage members of LGBT+ communities to support the labour movement.
LGBT+ Liberal Democrats
Represents the party to the LGBT+ community, ensures the party's policies address their needs, and supports LGBT+ candidates and party members.
Socialist Party Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender group (LGBT)
Involved in campaigns against anti-gay discrimination and for civil rights for all.

Powerlifting
LGBT Powerlifting and Power Sports
LGBT and allies communities who are interested in powerlifting and power sports (primarily squat, bench press, and deadlift).

Reading
London Gay Reading Group
Gay reading group.
London Book Club for Gay Men
An open book club for gay men in London.
London Queer Books Group | Meetup
Book club focusing on queer literature, from the trashy to the highbrow.

Rowing
London Otters Rowing Club
Based at the Royal Docks, East London welcomes all abilities, from complete beginners to experienced rowers.

Rugby
Kings Cross Steelers RFC
Provide the opportunity for members of the LGBTQ+ community and allies to play and enjoy rugby.
 The Bingham Cup Sport Event | USA
Biennial world championships for the gay and inclusive rugby community.
The Clapham Feelers
LGBTQ+ touch rugby team, est. 2015.

Running
London Front Runners
London's inclusive running and triathlon club for LGBT+ and gay-friendly people.

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Sailing
Sailing and Cruising Association
Dynamic sailing and powerboat club for LGBT+ people, their families and friends.

Self-improvement
The Quest
Support for gay, bi and queer men to explore, better understand and embrace living.

Science fiction
The Sisterhood of Karn
A London-based group for LGBT Doctor Who fans.

Scuba diving
Glug
Non-profit SCUBA diving club for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered divers and their friends.

Singing (see Choirs)

Sports (umbrella organisation)
Out For Sport London
Volunteer organisation run by London’s sports clubs. Represents London’s LGBT+ sports clubs and teams to increase participation.

Social
Gay Mates
Organises social meetups: nights out, museum visits, cinema trips and other activities.
Queers Without Beers
A queer night out with no alcohol. 
Join Club Soda
Helps you live well by being more mindful about drinking.
 Matrix
A non-scene social group from London Friend for gay and bisexual men from all backgrounds.
London Gay Male Couples | Meetup
Gay male couples looking to make new friends and socialise off/on the scene with others.
The Sisterhood of Karn
A London-based group for LGBT Doctor Who fans.
Gay Brunch Club | Meetup
Friendly guys for brunch on Saturdays in London.
Irish London LGBT
Network providing a safe, inclusive, knowledgeable & social space for all Irish LGBT people in London.
LGBT Humanists | Meetup
Friendly events on topics of interest to LGBT and humanists. Debate in a friendly and social atmosphere.
East London Gay Men's Meetup | Meetup
Friendly social network for LGBTQ+ Londoners who live and work in and around East London and elsewhere.
A Change of Scene
Free monthly forum for gay and bisexual men to share their lives and experience.

LGBT+ Vegans London | Meetup
Friendly real-world queer vegan group.
LGBT+ Vegetarians and Vegans | Meetup
Vegetarian and vegan social group.
BLKOUT
"We know we are men here in the UK, black, and queer. And we know that we need to talk; to each other and to the communities we are part of."
British Asian LGBTI | Meetup
Social and support group for south Asian LGBTI community
Gay Indian Network (GIN) | Meetup
Fun and sociable networking group for LGBTQIA community of Indian origin and their friends and allies.
+GMG
Friendly and social group of HIV-positive gay men living in and around London, UK.
Intersex Peer Support Group
Support group for Intersex people from London Friend.
http://londonfriend.org.uk
Iraqi LGBT
Human rights organisation established in 2005 after the rise of the wave of violence against the LGBT community in Iraqi.

Softball
The London Raiders
Primarily LGBTQIA+ softball club based in London. Our members range from experienced to new players, from competitive to recreational.

Squash
Out Play Squash London
London-based squash group for LGBT+ squash players and friends.

Swimming
Out to Swim
LGBTQ+, but welcomes allied adults with an interest in aquatic sport, including those with disabilities.

Trans
TransLondon
Monthly TransLondon meeting is a free discussion/support group for all members of the trans community,

Tennis
South London Smashers LGBTQ Tennis Group | Meetup
LGBTQ tennis group based in South London.

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Volleyball
London Spikers Knights Volleyball Club
We are a London-based gay, queer and inclusive men's volleyball club.

Walking
Gay Sunday Walking Group | Meetup
London-based walking group for gay men and women and gay-friendly friends and relations.

Hiking Dykes
Walks are usually based within a one-hour journey from central London.

Waterpolo
London Orca
 London Orca is the water polo team within Out to Swim, LGBTQ+ aquatics club.

Wellness, wellbeing, spirituality and connection
Men in Touch UK
Offers experiential sessions and workshops that help create a deeper connection to yourself and to others.
Mindfulness Meditation | Meetup
Friendly and diverse group of men to socialise and learn skills to help improve mental health and well-being.
Inner Space
Meditation and personal development centre in Covent Garden and the City.

Writing

Bent Bars Project
Founded in 2009, letter-writing project for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, gender-variant, intersex, and queer prisoners in Britain.
Out on the Page
Promotes LGBTQ+ writers and writing. Courses, workshops, and retreats.
London Queer Writers
A collective comprised of LGBTQIA+ poets, spoken word artists and educators.
Paradise Press
Great writing by lesbians and gay men since 1999. PP publishes works by Gay Authors Workshop members.

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You can also try ...

LGBTQ Groups in London | Meetup
Gay Mates | Gay Mates
LGBT Guide | Time Out
Gmeet App | Gmeet

London National Park City
A movement to improve life in London working with residents, visitors and partners to enjoy London’s great outdoors more, make the city greener, healthier and wilder, and promote London’s identity as a National Park City.
London National Park City | London National Park City

The Greenground Map
Inspired by the iconic London tube map as an alternative sustainable transport map. The ‘green lines’ are representing the connections between parks and could be walked and cycled. As a conceptual map, the lines do not exactly represent the real routes, but rather help to perceive London’s green spaces as one connected network. View the map here or you can purchase a physical folded map (£10) or digital download (£2.50) at Helen Ilus Design.
London Greenground Map | Helen Ilus Design

Resources
How to look after your mental health using exercise | Mental Health Foundation
How to exercise | Mental Health Foundation
Mental health and physical health | Mental Health UK
Physical health and mental health | Mental Health Foundation
Physical activity and your mental health | MIND

More
London’s prettiest walks | Time Out | 13 Oct 2021
10 Stunning London Walks For A Tranquil Weekend Wander | Secret London | 10 Aug 2021
8 of the best walks in London | Wanderlust | 30 Jun 2020

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