London is a squirming, thriving, wriggling hive of sexual activity. From kinky shops selling toys of all shapes and sizes to strip bars where you can watch an erotic show, there’s something tucked away in every orifice of the capital. We share the naughty secrets to sex and this pulsating city.
This Hoxton girls-only erotic emporium is the ultimate place to pick up some kinky and tasty toys to liven up your bedroom antics. While you’re there, book in for the beginner’s guide to spanking or the anal pleasure erotic class … if you dare!
SH! 57 Hoxton Square, N1
Tube: Old St
This is the place to heighten your skills in seduction, learning how to make the most of your curves and perfect your feminine wiles. The teachers are all fabulously talented femme fatales and will teach you everything from the art of tease to classic burlesque. Private classes available for the super-shy.
Burlesque Baby. Locations and dates vary. From £65 for six weeks
Head here after dinner for some scream-out-loud drag act entertainment. It’s an intimate space with a capacity of just 60, having been converted from a Victorian toilet. The cocktails are divine and the ambiance is both classy and seedy.
Cellar Door. Zero Aldwych, WC2E 7DN
Tube: Covent Garden
‘Bringing sexy back’ is this venue’s motto. And it does, with steamy, colourful parties held in a secret East London warehouse. They’re a riotous mix of friskiness and joyful abandon – and you must dress up, the kinkier the better. It is a private members-only club but anyone can apply to join.
Kinky Salon. Secret venues. Next event July 2
One of the most attractive aspects of a woman is her mind, so make sure you get enough intellectual stimulation. The Freud Museum’s summer exhibition Les Paris Sont Ouverts is a study of sexuality and desire, promises to be thought-provoking and educational.
Freud Museum. 20 Maresfield Gardens, NW3 5SX
Tube: Finchley Rd. Until Sept 4. Price £6.
Not for the faint-hearted. This world-renowned club throws the best fetish and burlesque parties. Dita Von Teese performed here before she became a big star and it hosts many other up-and-coming performers. Head to its summer ball where you’ll find themed rooms and an ‘enforced’ fantasy dress code.
Torture Garden. 20 Maresfield Gardens, NW3 5SX
Venue TBC. Summer ball. Sat, July 9
Dans le Noir
For a sensual dining experience with a difference, try this sensory Parisian restaurant in Clarkenwell, where you eat in pitch darkness and be served by partially sighted waiters.
Dans le Noir. 30-31 Clarkenwell Green, EC1R 0DU
The Last Tuesday Society
This underground society holds masked balls and secret parties in manorial houses and venues across the city and beyond. Fantastic, glamorous and decadent, think Eyes Wide Shut meets Moulin Rouge. The society’s shop, Victor Wynd’s Little Shop of Horrors, never fails to inspire. It houses rare and unusual curiosities – from mummified dancing rats to jars of preserved aliens.
The Last Tuesday Society. 11 Mare St, E8 4PR
Tube: Bethnal Green
London Fetish Fair
Home to all the weird and wonderful fetishists who call the capital home, this day-to-night event continues to the small hours with an S&M workshop and a kinky cabaret.
London Fetish Fair. Parker Mc Millan, 47 Chiswell Street, Barbican, EC1Y 4SB
Tube: Barbican. Tickets £8