The Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) is undoubtedly the biggest song-related competition in the world, it’s the longest-running annual international TV song competition which has been held, primarily, among the member countries of the European Broadcasting Union since 1956.
The competition was based upon the existing Sanremo Music Festival held in Italy since 1951 and watched across Europe (and Australia), with votes pouring in from the countries of the EU, EEA, and some more (Israel, Armenia, etc).
The UK have competed in the competition 60 times and have had 5 winners overall, the most recent being in 1997 with Katrina and the Waves.
The Eurovision Song Contest is a huge highlight in the cultural calendar of many LGBT folk, as well as being a celebration of diversity and inclusion across cultures. When Finland’s Krista Siegfrids performed a song in favour of gay marriage that featured a lesbian kiss in 2014 and won the contest this was for sure to attract the attention of many LGBT communities.
This year’s contest will be held in Portugal but in and around the London area many bars and restaurants will being doing a Eurovision themed night here are a few to check out……
Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club
Hosting a variety of cool events, including diverse social nights that are sometimes racy, sometimes cultural and always memorable, it has to be one of the best places to watch the Eurovision in London this May.
A place for every kind of party, Bierschenke will naturally be playing host to one of the funniest Eurovision parties in London. Kick back, sink some steins and catch all the action from Portugal.
The Water Poet
Head over to The Water Poet in Liverpool Street for a cosy screening of The Eurovision Song Contest. If the evening is fine then escape to their gorgeous garden when a particularly peculiar act is performing… Serving tasty British food and a great variety of drinks, The Water Poet is a great place to enjoy a more chilled out screening of Eurovision.
For more of a party and knees up…..
The Two Brewers in Clapham are doing full coverage of the Final on Big Screen and 4 other screens in the Cabaret Bar with Eurovision Hosts Titti La Camp & Miss Lola Lasagne.
Voting sheets, decorations, drinks & camp Eurovision songs throughout the night! Party till 4am with Free entrance before 10pm.
If you have a more hands on approach to the Eurovision head down to Six Storeys on Soho who are hosting “A Night Of Song” Eurovision and karaoke evening! Featuring a live screening followed by karaoke.You will find them on our turf 11 Soho Square, London, W1D 3QE. Tickets from £5 book ahead!!!!
Or for some lesser known European cuisines you can try
Bob Bob Ricard – For a complete art deco glamour and a mix of hotel chic with British and Russian ideals. Bob Bob Ricard is eccentric and quirky, it’s little touches from the 20s decor and ‘press for champagne’ buzzers at each booth that create a fine mix between elegant and fun.
1 Upper James Street, London, W1F 9DF
Or for a touch of Portuguese cuisine and style we recommend you try Bar Douro! Drawing inspiration from the traditional cerveijarias and tascas of Lisbon and Porto, this rustic restaurant offers a contemporary take on Portuguese cuisine alongside expertly sourced regional wines. The decor is a contemporary take on classic Portuguese influences perfect for experiencing something a little different. Arch 35b Flat Iron Square, Union Street, London SE1 1TD
We also recommend The Harcourt in Marylebone a reinvented Scandinavian pub serving all-day modern-European food and drinks that includes a nod to Nordic cuisine. Expect home infusions, house-made cures and tasty pickles which can be enjoyed in any of the various spaces that have retained the original elements of the charming surroundings.