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Chappy Co-Founder Ollie Locke Shares His Local Guide to London Pride


The writer, TV personality and app developer recently told us the best places to visit for London Pride.

One of the latest gay dating apps to hit our phone, Chappy just celebrated New York Pride with a series of fun queer parties. Founded by Jack Rogers and Ollie Locke, the new social network allows gay men to separate their search for Mr. Right from their search for Mr. Right Now.

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Considering himself tricoastal, co-founder Locke just landed back in London where he's ready to celebrate London Pride. A TV personality and writer, he's known for his role on Made in Chelsea and his autobiographical comedy Laid in Chelsea. He's become London's most beloved gay best friend after being the first reality TV star to came out as bisexual in 2013, and later coming out as gay in 2016.

We recently caught up with Locke on the Soho House rooftop where he shared his favorite local spots to enjoy during London Pride.

EAT: Balan’s Soho Society 

"This restaurant/bar/haven for the convivial is located in London’s chic Soho neighborhood, and is perfect for anyone who is ready to dive head-first off the beaten path. With menu favorites like the 'Infamous Balan’s Burger,' 'Poisoned Hot Chocolate,' and 'Porn Star Martinis' it is sure to make a memorable evening." Find more info here.

DRINK: Admiral Duncan
"This old gem is situated right on Old Compton Street, and, honestly, there is so much more to it than its dark history. An old jukebox blasts hits from the '80s and '90s (or are they now considered oldies?) And on the weekends it hosts some of the best cabaret and drag acts you’ve ever seen." Find more info here.

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SHOP: Albam

"If you find that your travel wardrobe is lacking a certain 'je ne sais quoi' and is leaving you looking exactly like what you are, a tourist, make sure to pop into Albam. Characterized by timeless utilitarian design and noticeably high quality construction, this contemporary menswear brand will last you trip after trip." Find more info here.

STAY: Dean Street Townhouse

"This gorgeous hotel is right in the center of Soho Fields, one of London’s cosmopolitan centers. It has a rich history of hosting some of the biggest names in aristocracy, art and entertainment. Each room is modern yet gushing with Georgian elegance. Chic, historic and in high demand: book a room before they run out!" Find more info here.

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PARTY: The Glory

"This alternative East End pub is worth the journey east to rub elbows with a juggernaut of performers, partygoers and local creatives. In order to 'reboot and re-route' London’s queer scene, The Glory is host to a plethora of unique events, including live music, performance art and screenings." Find more info here.

SEE: Freedom Bar

"Often said to be 'the only place to be on a Monday,' Freedom is home to the Kinky Kabaret, a night of performances and inspired atmosphere! For those looking for a drink and a good time almost any night of the week, the Freedom delivers time and time again." Find more info here.

Follow Ollie Locke on Instagram and Twitter, and download Chappy here. Find more info about London Pride here.

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