Welcome to the website of Gusto Dining Club, the London dining club for gay men.
Gusto is a dining club. The set-up is simple; on the first Wednesday of each month we meet up for a meal in London.
If you’d like to come along then email firstname.lastname@example.org to make your initial booking.
The meal is usually a three-course affair with wine and coffee.
EACH DINER PAYS AN EQUAL SHARE OF THE BILL!
Any and all suggestions are welcome.
See our FAQ page for the answers to Frequently Asked Questions.
The next Gusto meal is at Le Mercury at 7pm on Wednesday 1st February, 2017. The cuisine is French. Estimated price per head: £35 Le Mercury 140 Upper Street N1 1QY Nearest station: Highbury & Islington (Victoria Line). Remarks Dinner starts at 7pm Reservations Bill R. Brian M. Gilles C. John H. Michael N. Oscar …
Wildwood Kitchen at 7pm on Wednesday 4th January, 2017. The cuisine is European. Actual price per head: £33 Wildwood Kitchen 184 Shaftesbury Avenue WC2H 8JB Nearest station: Covent Garden (Piccadilly Line). Remarks There were four of us, including two first-timers, numbers being reduced by Southern Railway and health issues. Service was efficient and friendly and …
East Street at 7pm on Wednesday 7th December, 2016. The cuisine is Pan-Asian. Actual price per head: £36 East Street 3 Rathbone Place W1T 1HJ Nearest station: Tottenham Court Road (Central Line and Northern Line). Remarks The food was good, the noise from their speaker system was not. The tedious thump-thump music gave me headache …
- How many members are there?
- Is the club for single people or couples?
- Is it a club to meet other people socially or to meet a partner?
- What sort of men come along?
- What age range does the club cover?
- What sort of events do you provide?
- How much does an event cost?
- How does it compare price-wise with other clubs?
- What venues has the club visited recently?
ATTENDING A DINNER
- What is the dress code?
- I’m quite shy and nervous of turning up on my own. Will I be out of place?
- What time do I turn up?
- Who do I ask for on arrival?
- How long do events last?
- Just take the plunge – come along and enjoy!!
The club was established a number of years ago with the aim of giving gay men an opportunity to socialise with each other over dinner. Eating out allows an opportunity to meet in a friendly environment. Events are organised every month, usually on a Wednesday evening.
There are usually twelve, or more, people at each dinner with places
being limited on a “first come first served” basis. That way you get an
opportunity to talk to most people and for Ian, who personally hosts each session, to create a friendly ambience with just the right number of people.
The club has been running for several years now and has a membership of some 230+ gay men.
The club attracts both singles and couples alike, with approximately 90% of members currently single.
Why anyone chooses to come to the club is really down to the individual. Many people simply want to expand their social circle but, equally well, there are a number of relationships that have started as a result of people joining the club.
The club attracts men who are looking for somewhere to meet other
like-minded men, to talk without having to shout over loud music, and enjoy good food and wine at the same time.
The age range is varied – from 20 through to over 60 with some of the best conversation from the more mature members!
Most occasions involve dinner, but the club also occasionally holds
lunches, or arranges a trip to a show or the theatre.
Each meal is usually a three-course affair with wine and coffee.
THE BILL IS SPLIT EVENLY
between those dining. How much a meal costs depends on what people order.
How does it compare price-wise with other clubs?
Nobody is making any money from the Gusto meals except the restaurants.
With no costly overheads the price is obviously less than other clubs who have a markup on events as well as annual membership fees in some cases. To cover the cost of running the website we are happy to accept donations from anyone who thinks a worthwhile service is provided.
There is NO MEMBERSHIP FEE.
If you’d like to come along then emailto make your initial booking.
Generally this is not possible as most events are usually fully booked well in advance. Occasionally, however, you may hit lucky and get a cancellation at the last minute.
Generally yes, although cash is preferred as it makes for a smoother departure from the restaurant! Some restaurants will not accept credit cards.
ATTENDING AN EVENT
Usually it is smart casual.
Most men come on their own so you will be in good company! There are usually new people at each event, so you will rarely be the only ‘new boy’ on the block. Ian, the club organiser, personally hosts almost every event and ensures that introductions are made and that everybody has a good time!
We usually start at seven o’clock. You should turn up a little early, and the meal will begin shortly afterwards. Please try not to arrive too early as Ian will be making last-minute checks with the venue and may not therefore be available to greet you. And please try not to be late either or you will find we have had to start without you!
You can ask for Ian Sweeney and the restaurant manager will show you over to the table. Ian will then greet you and ensure that you are introduced to other members and that you have a good time.
Dinners can go on until the restaurant asks us to leave!! After many of the evening sessions some people head off to one of the many men’s clubs that are available in central London.
Just take the plunge – come along and enjoy!!