A string of closures has caused concern for those interested in a variety of fetishes, but the leather scene seems to have been hardest hit, particularly in London. The scene was necessarily limited to the middle classes: International travel — at least for the wealthy — helped the US leather scene percolate across the Atlantic, notably to Amsterdam, Berlin and London. The gay leather scene had reached its peak. The leathermen were some of the first to go. The sex tends towards BDSM, from rough horseplay to sadomasochism.
A string of closures has caused concern for those interested in a variety of fetishes, but the leather scene seems to have been hardest hit, particularly in London.
London Gay Bars
The scene also remains glaringly white, according to Pianim. A gregarious barman greets regulars while hairy-chested musclemen appear on a small screen next to an ice bucket. Our cultural archetypes have changed. For lots of kinky people, we knew we were kinky before we knew we were gay. For now, the Backstreet lives on, throwing specialist parties for rubberists and occasional gigs to keep afloat. For how long, though, nobody quite knows.
Bars such as the Coleherne, the Anvil, Bloc, Substation and, most recently, the Hoist, have all disappeared into the annals of gay history, replaced with gastropubs, luxe apartments and identikit offices. People in other cities in the UK, where venues were sparse due to the difficulty of maintaining premises catering to a much smaller scene, now rely on one-off nights or travelling to fetish events abroad. The scene was necessarily limited to the middle classes: At the same time, Tom of Finland sketches of burly men in leathers and denim spread through nascent fetish communities pushing life to imitate art. Order by newest oldest recommendations. Entire communities were eliminated. An entry-level leather fetish might just look like getting your rocks off in a well-cut bomber.