Julie Bindel Julie Bindel

Nostalgia for seedy nightclubs reeking of sex and poppers

Jeremy Atherton Lin recalls the vitality of the gay bars in London and California even at the height of the Aids crisis

Backstage at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern. Credit: Getty Images

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