In early December 2015 iconic gay pub The George and Dragon closed its doors after 14 years offering fun. However, few weeks later the pub reopened in a new location on Hackney Road under the name ‘The Queen Adelaide’.
The George and Dragon is the latest in a spate of LGBT venues in East London which have been shut down. Luckily, most of the staff and famous décor have been transplanted to the new venue. Another old Hackney Road pub brought back!
Located at 483 Hackney Road, The Queen Adelaide recreates perfectly the East London essence in two different environments. The building was constructed as the Queen Adelaide pub around the 1830s, then went through various incarnations including Images, a lap dancing club in its basement. A decade back, Images regularly hosted GutterSlut, a seminal night for the east London scene in more ways than one.
The boozer-style ground floor is richly decorated with an assortment of paintings, life-sized cut-out figures and even an animatronic horse’s head. The basement has two little rooms and a tiny dance floor making the space a bit hot and stifling. There are loads of mirrors and wipeclean sofas which contribute to create a proper underground place. The decor is completed with decadent victorian carpets and an electric piano in one of its rooms.
There is a DJ spinning a variety of 80s anthems mixed with contemporary hits from Beyonce and Justin Bieber among others. The crowd is mostly gay, plenty of handsome men and quite a few women scattered around.
The pub has a 3am license on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Afterwards, it’s time to head to the always fun Savage Disco at Metropolis Strip Club.