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The Divine: 24 images from opening night of London’s newest LGBTQ+ venue

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London’s LGBTQ+ nightlife has a new kid on the block: The Divine. Opened by the co-owners of the East London mecca, The Glory, The Divine is here to usher in a new age of queer parties.

On Friday (2 February), just days after The Glory’s final closure (31 January), The Divine opened with a raucous party full of alt-drag and queer joy. Billed as The Glory’s “naughty little sister,” the new space in Dalston shared with Attitude some images from its opening night.

Presiding over proceedings were Jonny Woo, John Sizzle, and Colin Rothbart. Among those attending was UK drag royalty, Jodie Harsh, as well as Attitude’s Editor-in-Chief, Cliff Joannou, and many more.

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Jonny Woo (Image: Provided)
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Jodie Harsh (Image: Provided)
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Polka Dot, Barbs and Amy Fincham (Image: Provided)
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Guests enjoy the night (Image: Provided)
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Jonny Woo (Image: Provided)
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Colin Rothbart (L) with Letitia Delish and friend (Image: Provided)

Picking up right where The Glory left off, The Divine, on Kingsland Road in Dalston, will be hosting discos every Friday and Saturday evening. The venue becomes a two-floor party from 9pm onwards, but the street-level bar will also be a nice buzzy place to mingle and chat.

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Guests at The Divine’s opening (Image: Provided)
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The Divine’s patrons (Image: Provided)
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Patrons enjoy the new space (Image: Provided)
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(L to R) Colin Rothbart, Tasty Tim, Carley Hague with Stephen Eyre, and Jeffrey Hinton (Image: Provided)
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Georgie Bee (Image: Provided)
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Cliff Joannou, Miguel Ferrer, and Ma Butcher (Image: Provided)

Ticket shows will happen downstairs with an already busy schedule in the books. Of course, there’ll be plenty of drag shows with cabaret performers and more stopping by week to week. LIPSYNC1000! and Glory Lates will also continue at The Divine, as well as Man Up, the world’s biggest and most exciting drag king battle.

Jonny Woo (Image: Provided)
Jonny Woo (Image: Provided)
Carley Hague with Stephen Eyre (Image: Provided)
Carley Hague with Stephen Eyre (Image: Provided)
Ginger Phlappage and Miss Jezzika (Image: Provided)
Ginger Phlappage and Miss Jezzika (Image: Provided)
The Divine is now open! (Image: Provided)
The Divine is now open! (Image: Provided)
Lady Jezzika and Tasty Tim, and friend (Image: Provided)
Lady Jezzika and Tasty Tim, and friend (Image: Provided)
People outside The Divine (Image: Provided)
People outside The Divine (Image: Provided)

Werk In Progess will be an opportunity for up-and-coming queer artists to showcase their talents in an open mic event. A new performance space will also offer creatives the opportunity to find a home for their work.

Princess Julia (Image: Provided)
Princess Julia (Image: Provided)
Jane Norman (Image: Provided)
Jane Norman (Image: Provided)
Staff behind the bar (Image: Provided)
Staff behind the bar (Image: Provided)
The Divine’s staff (Image: Provided)
The Divine’s staff (Image: Provided)
Punters enjoy the grand opening (Image: Provided)
Punters enjoy the grand opening (Image: Provided)
A Man to Pet and Ray Noir (Image: Provided)
A Man to Pet and Ray Noir (Image: Provided)

All in all, a lot is going on at The Divine already, and the party’s only just getting started!

Images Colin Rothbart

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