Rude security guys. Used to be a relaxing place, not anymore. You will be threatened to be kicked out if your towel falls at the wrong part of the sauna, or to be even kicked out, if you buy too many drinks from the bar!!! They will not let you in if they think you're too far, or you've been to another bar before. Complete disgrace. There are better options in London.
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The security on the door at this venue are rude, unprofessional and violent. The coloured female security guard here has taken exception to me and refuses me entry every single time. I have questioned this recently, as I feel discriminated against, having caused no issues - I am not a trouble maker and have never stepped out of line in this, or any other venue, and feel my consistent refusal of entry is down to personal and unjust opinion based on looks. I was initially given absolutely no reason, instead I was physically assaulted as I waited five minutes for my friends to come back out. This woman, who is rather large (easily over twice my body weight), purposefully barged in to me with incredible force, causing me a neck injury, upper back injury, damaging my previously broken arm and resurfacing a knee injury that up until this point had been manageable for the past few years. I am now unable to travel to my place of work until my injuries have began to heal. I was also FASELY accused of putting my head in peoples bags and looking at their belongings, which is simply untrue and amounts to slander and defamation of character. Luckily I recorded all of the audio of this, and will be making a report for the unlawful and unnecessary use of physical force (which amounts to assault), using the data protection act to obtain CCTV from the venue in regards to this, and I will be reporting the security guard in question to the SIA.
Through my own personal experience with these staff members, reading these reviews, and hearing stories from countless people about the actions of the security at this venue, it is clear to me that something needs to be done in response to their volatile, aggressive and abusive behaviour towards members of the public, and I encourage everyone who experiences similar actions to make a report to the SIA.
A few years ago 5 of these security guards, including the one in question, dragged a friend to a blind spot and beat her up, smashing her phone as she tried to record the assault to gain evidence in order to report them. The venue also holds an incredibly sexist door policy, often refusing entry to any women in the queue (Once I was stood there as they walked down and told every single female they would not be allowed in the venue, using the blatant BS excuse of being drunk, despite walking past groups of males urinating on the wall and drinking wine from the bottle while queuing for the venue). Unfortunately for the security, I am fully aware of my rights and under what circumstances a security guard is allowed to use physical violence toward someone. I am also very aware that the malicious falsehoods made toward me on the evening in question amount to defamation of character and slander, and I refuse to allow purposeful untrue statements to be made against me when they A) hold no basis in fact, and B) carry the potential to damage my reputation both on a personal and professional level.
Once I have been assessed by my doctor to determine the full extent of my injuries I will be continuing this complaint further, and will be making the decision as to whether I shall be making a report to the police and pursing damages along with my complaint to the SIA.
I've been to this place many times and i always thought the door staff were completely unprofessional and rude. However 2 days ago I decided I will not go back to that place ever again because of these security people. I went there with my friend, we met up straight after work arrived at about 11.30. Once we got there we had to go through a bag and body search from the two security people at the entrance. The guy searched my friend since he is a guy and the coloured woman searched me. Everything was alright until we got to the cloak room were we realized we didn't have enough cash to leave our jackets. The staff told us not to worry and go to the ATM across the road get some money out and come back without waiting in the queue. When we came back, literally 5 mins later, we had to go through a bag and body search again. My friend was searched first by the man and I was just waiting behind him. In the meanwhile that lady came close to me and i though she wanted to check my bag while I was waiting so opened it and showed it to her like I always do. She completely ignored didn't say anything, didn't search the bag, then gave me a bitchy look and left me wondering what I had done wrong. After that, she pulled her colleague to the side, told him something and they both came back pulled my friend from the cloakroom area (who was there because he was told he was fine and he could go through) and told us we are both too drunk to go inside. Wtf was all that about?? Not only I didn't have anything to drink all day since I went there straight after work we were checked and allowed to go inside one time (my friend two times) they tell us to go to the ATM across the road and then they tell us we are too drunk? How did I go from sober to drunk in less then five minutes? They could even see me at the ATM from where they were standing. They knew where I went. What is wrong with these people? Not only that, my friend was checked and then pulled back because that stupid bitch told her colleague something. Like, didn't that man realize he was drunk the TWO times he checked him? This place is a joke!! I promised myself I'm never going back, I've been getting looks and rude behavior from these people nearly every time I go there (Every week) but this incident was out of order. Never ever again!! This place does not even deserve a second chance!! I was putting up with they're behavior, particularly with that coloured lady's behavior for a long time because I really liked the place but after this never again. Well done G-A-Y late you just lost a very good customer and all her friends who came with her every single Friday. What a shame.
FANTASTIC FABULOUS NIGHT. One of the only true gay venue's that still cater and care for the lesbian and gay community. Great music, Great Djs and GREAT drag queens always. Love the Swan and thank goodness it's still here after all these years.
The Door staff are incredibly rude. Firstly one bouncer started off with an arrogant attitude towards me and my group of friends and then later that evening whilst queuing for the toilet we were told we were "Too drunk" and then followed into the toilet. When we came out three bouncers waited for us and the bouncer who had been on the door pulled my arm back in a extremely aggressive way and pushed me out of the club and against a wall. The came along a female bouncer with just as bigger attitude as the male ones and claimed that I ASSAULTED her!! What a joke. My friend who doesn't drink and had a glass of water with her was also told she was "Too drunk " and was kicked out too. When we complained not one member of staff cared and even went as far to laugh and smile at us. This is so disgusting and will never be coming here again and will be making sure anyone we speak to knows just how rude and violent the door staff are here. STEER CLEAR!!!!
Me and my friend visited the vault Friday night and had a bazaar yet very entertaining evening! We are both 19, and majority of guys are a lot older, however we got a lot of attention and loved it! This bar is desgned for sex so don't go expecting anything less. Very friendly and accommodating staff, made us feel welcome from start to finish.
Since last time, I think, they have refurbished the Jacuzzi, which is definitely the best element of this sauna. It is the only place that looks somewhat new and maintained.
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Went to GAY before hand had two drinks nothing else before that queued for GAY late for 30 minutes only to Be rejected by the most ignorant staff you can find on the door saying there were 2 out of the 5 of us who could go in while the rest of us were too drunk to go in. GAY late needs to really rethink their staff if they are not happy working nights and dealing with drunks then why are they working there. For a bar that opens for midnight are you not supposed to be able to have a few drinks in another bar before you go in??? Waste of time and all the way from Ireland to experience this sh*t
People before us were drunk and drinking in the queue and they were just let in, just cause we were having a joke between us and laughing they said we were too drunk.
I have been to Central Station a few times the past 5 years mainly was because its not too close to where I live.
I needed to point out, I am a Chinese person and I always was treated very well when I was there. I thought all the staff at the door, coat check and the bar were super nice.
I only went for the SOP night so the smell of urine was expected. I do think the floor and the walls were a bit dirty (I am a filthy pig but I couldn't even get on my knees or dare to touch the floor. Also I wanted to get on my back but no way I was laying on that floor.
Besides the toilet was very dirty, and no door at the cubicals. I think you can still have a clean toilet even for a WS night.
Overall I always enjoy my time there and all the time it was quite busy.
I have been going to SweatBox for over four years now, whenever I visit London! The staff has always been so nice and kind and treated me with great respect. The day I arrived in London, I always buy a weekly pass, so I can come and go as I please. I have met the nicest people from all over the world on vacation like myself, as well as locals. When your friendly to people I find that people are very friendly to you there. I often joke with the staff, that I'm one of the older customers, yet everyone is still so nice and friendly! I highly recommend this as a fun and relaxing sauna Londothe theme nights are the best! Usually busy! Always fun!
Manipulated breathalizer test to justify door policy:
At the door the woman asked me whether I would accept a breathalizer test because I look like maybe not ok. I just had 2 small beer before, so I accepted. The woman after the test walked 2 meters away with the device, came back and asked me to do it again and to breathe more constantly. After that second try the machine showed 0.89. "Sorry but we cannot admit you, you are not even fit to drive". Later I checked on a website, and with 2 small beers I should have had 0.34. Very strange door policy disguised by "objectivity". Years ago that was a fun place to go to - no more.
This place is hugely let down by the incredibly rude and disrespectful door staff. Such a shame as these establishment are supposed to be a welcoming and safe place for gay and lesbian people and yet the door staff treat you awfully and discriminate against who they want to let in and not. There should be a consistent policy not one where they pick and choose. For example last night they let 4 girls in that have never been before and then stopped one girl who had forgotten their membership card and refused entry saying members only.
. I hope the future seems some improvement in how gay and lesbian people are treated and respected. You would not get a straight club behave this way.
Been A Few Times Before. Not Bad. Prefer When With Somebody. A Fun Place Once Once You Get Into The Mood! Best When Wet!
This club is a dive. its full of tacky,shifty, emaciated, and generally dodgy queens who will probably rob you. I've had my phone stolen from here AND had my wallet taken from my bag in the cloak room and emptied. STEER CLEAR
Place is nasty, security is formed by a team of sadistic, poorly trained ego destoyers.
I should have heeded the bad reviews.
Bouncer looked at me and said he was going to breathalise me. I said that was fine since I don't drink alcohol and have never been drunk in my life. He asked me to stand on a spot, I stood there. He then asked me to step back which I did. Then he refused me entry because I was too drunk.
I must commend him for being able to breathalise someone with his eyes, though I must dispute their accuracy. In all honesty, he looked a little out of it himself. I guess the breathaliser threat was said in an attempt to make me turn away and he never produced one because it would prove him wrong and he'd have to let me in.
Not sure whether I was turned away for not looking gay enough or not looking young enough. Shame you can do nothing when they talk bollocks to you because they don't want to give you evidence for blatant discrimation of some sort.
Wouldn't advise anyone to make a purposeful trip here because it seems that if your face doesn't fit you're not getting in.
One star simpy because no stars can't be given.
I had the best of times. A wild twinky twink down from Norwich. I got myself naked, got my ass in the air and had the time of my life. way too many guys to count filled my boy holes. load after load. i loved it. couldn't walk after i left tho. go and have a great time
almost everything was good. The entrance woman in blonde hair was very rude and so unfriendly. I was in gay late like 2 months ago and also a month ago and when I visited the club yesterday the music was still the same what I found a bit boring.
I went to G-A-Y bar last year but they refused me to entry, the man was rude and said I needed a membership card. I think he thought I was straight. How gay people can complain about homophobia and these places acts the same way?
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