Now performance artist, agent provocateur and the man behind 'Gay Bingo', Jonny Woo has swung into action to inject the scene with a fresh queer meeting point. The opening of the venue, which includes a downstairs basement for late night clubs, is a welcome piece of celebratory news for East London's gay scene after news that iconic local watering hole The Joiners Arms will close its doors next month.
Set against a wider backdrop of gay venues under threat across London, The Glory's owners hope that they can create a permanent fixture on the queer scene.
Says John Sizzle: It's taken Woo and Rothbart three years to find the venue, which sits slap bang between Shoreditch and Dalston in gay increasingly homo friendly, Gay or 'Faggerston' as some wag has termed it. For Woo, it represents a fitting move for a performance artist glory figurehead for the emerging East End creative scene in the s, as voyeur hit medical in his recent oral history lecture of the area at the Frosen porn Lipman Building.
The Glory opened its doors last week and Woo told i-D of the launch: An atmosphere of good cheer was felt by all.
Chatting on the night to guests, and looking glory my messages in the morning, it was overwhelming how many people not just thanked us for the party but thanked us for The Glory. It feels East London needed this pub to happen, and it needed to happen now.