List and details of ongoing Deaf social gatherings in London, as of writing this post on December 13, 2014. If anything has changed or if you want me to make an addition, please let me know immediately!
Please double-check and confirm those events are still happening when you visit London!
UPDATE (February 3, 2015): After attending deaf cultural events (such as a museum tour in BSL or BSL-interpreted) in London, there is an obligatory pub gathering nearby after the event ends. Check with those locals to make sure this will be happening!
Deaf Socials UK is a closed Facebook group showing upcoming, hottest deaf social events happening in UK. Events can range from BSL interpreted theaters, subtitled movies, new regular deaf gatherings to deaf festivals. The last time I checked, the group is pretty active and updates often.
Similar to Deaf Socials UK except this one is focused on American Sign Language (ASL). I appreciate my British counterparts for putting in the effort to learn and practice ASL while living in UK! There were ASL classes in London, so this group was formed. Sometimes they post requests for meet-ups. This Facebook group is a great way to introduce yourself to the British Deaf community, especially if you have the ASL skills!
5 Lisle Street, London WC2H 7BG (Link to Google Map)
Slug and Lettuce Pub in Leicester Square is your typical English pub in London except every Wednesday at 7 PM, a horde of signing deaf and hearing people would descend on the pub for a merry evening of socializing and drinking. The United Kingdom has a strong pub culture, and it is common for friends, co-workers, or “mates” to spend time after a day of working in pub to drink and socialize. So whenever you’re in London, feel free to show up and meet the locals! Make sure to take a look at the Facebook page to ensure the event will occur.
Remember, if you end up socializing into the wee hours, you are fortunate that London has 24/7 hours buses to take you home safely! (UPDATE (February 3, 2015): Selected subway lines in London will operate 24/7 on weekends starting September 12, 2015!)
- Shakespeare’s Head Pub:
Similar to the gatherings at Slug and Lettuce Pub, except it occurs on second Friday of every month near the Holborn tube station. This one tends to attract a large crowd, so you don’t want to miss this one!
It is common to see various deaf clubs established around the United Kingdom, especially in London. Since London is a large city, the regions around London have their own deaf clubs for locals in the region to meet up and socialize. The Forest Deaf Club serves East London and beyond. The club’s Facebook page posts various events throughout the year, so keep checking back for any events coming up!
Similar to the gatherings at Slug and Lettuce and Shakespeare’s Head Pub, this one occurs in The World’s End pub in North London with every other month or so. Click on “Events” tab in the Facebook page to see past and future meetups!
The Laws of Alcohol and Young People in United Kingdom
This section is handy for young travelers or expats in United Kingdom.
The laws regarding alcohol and age limit may seem generous compared to the laws of United States (18+ to serve alcohol, 21+ for consumption of alcohol and entering bars/pubs).
The laws are as following:
- You can be stopped, fined or arrested by police if you’re under 18 and drinking alcohol in public.
- If you’re under 18, it is against the law:
- for someone to sell you alcohol
- to buy or try to buy alcohol
- for an adult to buy or try to buy alcohol for you
- to drink alcohol in licensed premises (e.g. a pub or restaurant)
- If you’re 16 or 17 and accompanied by an adult, you can drink (but not buy) beer, wine or cider with a meal.
- If you’re 16 or under, you may be able to go to a pub (or premises primarily used to sell alcohol) if you’re accompanied by an adult. However, this isn’t always the case. It can also depend on the specific conditions for that premises.
- It’s illegal to give alcohol to children under 5.
British Deaf Organizations or Businesses
The list below is only a list of British deaf organizations/associations or businesses who may have more events for the deaf community. Feel free to take a look at their sites!
- British Deaf Association
- Royal Association for Deaf People
- Action on Hearing Loss
- BSL Zone (This one is particularly unique as they offer entertaining videos, shows, etc. I highly recommend it! It is a great way to tune up your BSL skills)
Again, if you see any information that needs to be updated or added, please feel free to comment below or contact me at [email protected]!