What we're about

This is a fun, relaxed group for making new 'GayMates.' All are welcome, to join, regardless of sexuality etc. all you need is a sense of fun! Members currently organise social meetups: nights out, museum visits, cinema trips and a whole host of other activities. Some events are hosted others are not.

We welcome your input and suggestions in developing this group! To post events click on 'Suggest a new meetup'. To attend events click on 'YES'. If you wish to make new friends and try new things, then this is definitely the place to be.

We look forward to meeting you!

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GayMates Meetup Group is open for all members to post events, simply message Serge with your idea.

GayMates is supported by

http://MenInTouch.co.uk
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Serge and the GayMates Leadership Team. Xxx

Upcoming events (5+)

Gay, Bi, Trans Men's Mindfulness Meditation Group in London

8 Hop Gardens

£12.00

An oasis of calm in the heart of London for gay, bi and trans men. “This group is unique and is valuable for men who just drop in occasionally or attend regularly. It provides a reasonable ‘compromise’ for those who are new to meditation as well as those who are more experienced meditators. The group is led in a wise and thoughtful way bearing in mind it is for a diverse mix of guys.” - meet with a group of friendly men - start the week in a calming your mind - learn skills to help you let go of stress and worry - learn tools to deal with addictions and compulsive behaviour - improve you sense of self worth and confidence - make new friends The group is now in its 9th year and attracts a diverse range of men. The evening starts with some mindful movement, to bring awareness into the body, and then a guided body awareness meditation and mindfulness practice. There is a 25 minute tea break mid evening offering the opportunity to socialise, or there is the option to listen to a talk or music in a smaller group if you want to stay in a quieter space. After the tea break there is a short reflection on a topic relating to mindfulness or gay men’s wellbeing. We then finish with a guided meditation on self-care, the Loving Kindness meditation. No prior experience of meditation is needed as full instructions are given and you are guided into the meditation. We sit on chairs, but there are mats and cushions available if you are used to sitting on the floor, or would like to lie down. “Last thing at night, I sit on the edge of the bed and meditate for five to ten minutes. I then have the best sleep I have had for weeks. This happened after only two weeks of classes with Nick. I normally sleep very well but am now on a recently released drug for COPD. Side effects might include disturbed sleep patterns but the meditation has helped alleviate this!” Ken Meetings every Monday except Bank Holidays Venue: Friends Meeting House 8 Hop Gardens (a pedestrian lane off St Martins Lane) London WC2N 4EA Nearest tube: Leicester Square or Charring Cross To find the venue walk along Saint Martins Lane and look for Hop Gardens which is a pedestrian lane between Cote and Gym Box Time: 7.30 – 9.15 pm Cost: Try the group out for a reduced rate of £10 for your first visit or pay £5 concession rate for students and unemployed. As a special offer once you have attended one session you will then receive five sessions at this reduced fee with your sixth session being free. Collect your voucher from Nick at your first session. The regular price for the class after this special offer is: £12 regular price £8 concessions (students and unwaged) Reduced rates available if you cannot afford these, please contact Nick to discuss. Payment is on the door by cash or card Asked why they enjoyed attending the group, members replied by saying: “Sense of community. I’ve made some very good friends through the group.” “The sense of community, the caring atmosphere, the fact it is a spiritual queer space” “Being together with a group of gay men in stillness and meditation” “Relaxed, non-judgmental. Puts me in a good frame of mind for the week ahead.” “The feeling of being connected to something larger than myself” “Two hours of peace and calm in a frantic city. The meditation sessions have helped me cope with anxiety and depression.” . .......................................................................... GayMates Meetup Group is for all members to post events, simply message Andy with your idea. GayMates is supported by https://MeninTouch.co.uk . ..........................................................................

Sensual in nature. Basic strokes of Lomi Lomi (KaHuna) massage

Join the workshop where you can learn the basic strokes of Hawaiian Lomi Lomi massage. Open for everyone with or without previous experience. The massage itself is sensual in nature. We will be learning the continuous strokes from head to toes. Slowly stroking head, shoulders, chest, tummy, inner thighs, legs and feet. All you need to do is connect with the recipient, relax your hands, relax fingers and use the palm and forearm to touch and massage continuously the body. Nothing technical! As the recipient, you may choose to stay covered or set the boundaries for the massage. All details will be highlighted and discussed before the massage session commences. WHAT TO EXPECT You will be working with different partners, swapping the partners 2 times. Must be able to move freely around the table. Max group is 8 guys. PRICE The price covers all to provide a massage: oil, sheets, slippers (or bring yours, no bare feet), towels. Bring a snack if you want to stay to socialise after. 3 places £30 5 places £40 PAYMENT only payment via https://www.intuitivetouch.xyz/workshops is the confirmation of booking a place. Details will be sent to the email you provided with the payment. Please email me, if you want to pay in cash on arrival to secure a place. LOCATION The postcode of venue is SW8 3JD and the nearest station is Wandsworth road. From Vauxhall 10 min by bus, from Clapham Commom 10 min walk, no bus. You will get details 2 days before the event commences. Please ask the questions without any hesitation, Taras [masked] Meetup group Sunday massage workshop in SW8 [ MEN ONLY]

Fitness Classes- Kickboxing, Spin, Yoga, Dance Fit & Bootcamps

Start the New Year right! Come try any of our new Fitness classes, whether you want to shed, shred, tone or bulk. All in a friendly, welcoming, social & supportive atmosphere. NO PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE NEEDED! Taster class- £5-10 WERK OUT: FULL BODY BOOTCAMP Saturdays, 3-4pm @ Gymbox CG Sundays, 3-4pm @ Gymbox E&C SPIN Sundays, 4:15-5:15 @ Gymbox E&C Tuesdays, 8-9pm @ Gymbox CG YOGA (male only) Sundays, 11am-12:30pm @ Gymbox CG Tuesdays, 7-8:30pm @ Huskys KICKBOXING Thursdays, 7-8:30pm @ Huskys DANCE FIT Sundays, 1-2pm @ Gymbox CG Mondays, 8-9pm @ Huskys We will make you sweat & guarantee you'll have fun while doing it. We also have a great social community so it's easy to meet some awesome new people & make new friends. Our classes are cheaper than most & you have the flexibility to swap in between if you miss a week. Book for a taster now @ www.thegmdc.com[masked]

Free LGBTQ Tour of the V&A Museum

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Visitors are asked to come to the Meeting Point in the Grand Entrance (enter from Cromwell Road). Please allow for enough time to arrive before 16.00hrs, as this is the time we promptly depart for the tour. Although socialising is encouraged, this aspect is not facilitated by the event organiser or the guides. The multi-award winning LGBTQ Tours at the V&A run for approximately 60 minutes and are free; you simply turn up. There will be a lot of walking, including steps and stairs. Please let your guide know if you may have difficulty, as alternative arrangements can be made. The V&A is the world's leading museum of art and design, housing a collection of over 2.3 million objects that span over 5,000 years of human creativity. For the first time, a major museum in the UK has added a volunteer-led and guided LGBTQ objects tour to its permanent schedule. LGBTQ stories of interest can be found in numerous objects within the V&A's rich collections. The tour aims to highlight how such objects can help to recognise and explore the presence of LGBTQ individuals and communities within different time periods and cultures, encouraging discussion of both gender and sexual identities. Volunteer guides will show you a mix of items in the collection. A tour may include the impressive Michelangelo’s David, a charming earthenware vase by Grayson Perry, an exquisite gold pendant with pearl border depicting Sappho Penning an Ode to Venus and a South Asian Kushan sculpture of Shiva as Ardhanishvara (Lord Who Is Half Woman) with intertwined male and female physical attributes. Each tour is different as each guide chooses their own objects, so you can come back many times and have a different experience. To see a virtual tour online, see this link on The i Paper Facebook page: bit.ly/2lUclsn The monumental Florentine sculpture Giambologna’s Samson Slaying a Philistine, hailed as one of the greatest treasures of the V&A, is included because Charles, Prince of Wales, presented it to his boyfriend, the Duke of Buckingham, immediately after being given it by King Philip IV of Spain. Objects range geographically from Europe, South Asia and North America and in time from classical Greece and Rome to Medieval and Renaissance and through to the 21st Century, and include sculpture, paintings, photography, jewellery, ceramics, furniture, fashion, costumes, to posters to! Queer stories have always existed in the museum, but have often been historically hidden from visitors; this tour allows them to be shared. Dawn Hoskin, co-chair of the V&A’s LBGTQ Working Group says, "it conveys recognition of LGBTQ communities and individuals as being a valued part of wider societies, and contributing elements of wider social histories, rather than being considered only as a distinct ‘specialist interest’." The tours have attracted thousands of visitors since they started in 2015, and are a statement to all LGBTQ visitors to the Museum that they are accepted, respected and welcome. For more information visit the V&A website Why the V&A LGBTQ Tour is Essential or direct any questions to your host V&A LGBTQ Tour Guide Dan Vo @dannouveau or email [masked]

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