London Fetish Week 2015
My blogs (Pt1 and Pt2) from last year’s Fetish Week London are still up here on the site (in August 2014 archives). I was calling it LFW back then (which as the hashtag on twitter was most definitely #FWL2015, I was naming it the wrong way round!) .
Last year, there were parts of it I enjoyed but a few events that were disappointing or had issues. As the biggest gay men fetish event though in the UK, its still an event not to be missed. We had booked a room earlier in the year at the Travelodge in Vauxhall for the Friday and Saturday nights and I was happy that my 2nd handler Sir Darren @deadliftbear was going to be joining us for some of the weekend. I knew Taz @Tazipup was also staying in the same hotel, along with our friend Lanx @Lanx_pup, I was also looking forward to catching back up with the Tyke pack over the weekend in their home territory of London.
FWL2015 Thursday – Arrival & Sports Kit Night
I had been a bit disappointed with the sports-kit event last year and up until the last minute was not going to attend again, but having managed to get the Friday off, and then being able to book a cheap room in the Holiday Inn Express I decided to give it another go, given that it’s probably the only sports-kit night I’ve attended in the last year.
I was planning to go wearing my new rubber football kit, but after a horrendous drive into London after finishing work and getting to the hotel at 9.45pm, I decided I was way too hot and bothered to go in rubber and that I’d wear my official England Rugby Gear instead. It was a bit of a cop-out, but again, being on my own, my own fear and body issues kicked in without anyone behind me to push me into wearing it. So i got into my rugby kit and walked the 10 mins down the road to the Hoist in my trackies. Entry into the venue was totally fine this year, and they happily scanned my electronic ticket and there was no queue, except for when putting in your bags. This is a problem with the hoist rather than the event though as there is only a small cloak room that you can fit 2 people in, so more staff wouldn’t make a difference in there.
I was glad to meet Tyke @tskinboot and Alex @superpup6901 as soon as I got in there and got a drink and caught up with Alex for a bit, but he had to shoot off as he was working the following day. I then got introduced to Mike @littlepuptitch a great guy from Sheffield. Its so nice when you meet sexy down-to-earth guys that look totally hot! Tyke went for a wander and we followed, and after he found a nice space, I happily watched him bind up Titch. He was wearing the most amazing wrestling suit, so it was obvious when he was enjoying himself 😉 Then, afterwards Tyke kindly roped me up too, and joy of joys then had me at his feet and socks for a play session, and I got to occasionally snog and have poppers. Totally awesome time.
As the night got late, I stayed on for a drink (realising that I’d only had 1 pint all night when I arrived) and Mike and Tyke headed home. Sat next to me was the most gorgeous guy in an Irish team rugby kit. He looked like he was either knackered or totally inebriated, but sat on his own and occasionally cruising me. I got a drink, came back from the bar, confirmed he was cruising me, and then was just wandering over when his boyfriend came out of the cruising area behind me and announced they were going home. Damn. It was late, I finished my beer, listened to the really good dance music, and then headed back to the Holiday Inn Express. It had been totally worth coming up for kit party, and it will be a definite on the list next year, although I think I will invest in a lycra wrestling singlet, which appears to be the kit of choice.
FWL2015 Friday – Hanging around / Cake / Welcome / Eagle Bar
I had a solo breakfast that was included in the price of the Holiday Inn Express room on the Friday morning, and then had to go through checkout and find parking for the weekend for my car. In Vauxhall however, a lot of on-street parking is free over the weekend so I only needed to stash it somewhere until 6pm. Having found somewhere I tubed it over to Soho to have a wander around before meeting up with Tyke, Darren and @wolvesperv for cake in a great little cafe/bakery in Soho. Darren left work and met us there too, and it was great afternoon catching up, and the quality of the cake was brilliant. @wolvesperv was heading down to Brighton for the weekend and not staying in London, but Tyke and I then ventured to Comptons to meet Steve @kinkbikerlad afterwards and to catch the start of the Welcome party there before we arranged to meet later at Eagle because I had to go and meet Tony at the station and check into our Travelodge room (and move the car).
The Welcome party was well turned out, and it was good to meet up with Lanx and CJ there to say hello along with Echo and a few other friendly pups that I know. For people who’ve never attended a Fetish Week event, its good to meet up in these informal settings when most people are in light gear as you can put names to faces to the Recon profiles that you’ve spoken to, but not met. If you’re new to kink, arrange to meet a kinkster from Recon at next years Welcome event, as its the best thing you’ll do at the start of a weekend.
In the evening we headed to Eagle, which I still think is the best bar in London. Darren met us at the hotel before we headed off there, and I met Taz and his foxy room-mate for the weekend, who joined us there. It was a good night, but it was such a pity that Fetishbound had not fallen on the same night this year. It was only later that I realised “Feet-on-Friday” had taken place at the same venue, which I would have gone to, but the rest of the group would have been bored! We did meet 2 really cute and friendly pups in the Eagle, (TiedupRex & Subtracted) who I would love to know better at some point. I managed to knick the trainers offa Rex and have a sniff before hiding his socks, which was fun.
FWL2015 Saturday – Breakfast, Darren, Regulation, Full Fetish
A nice late start to the morning saw us head to Starbucks to wait for Darren to arrive back with us (this time staying for the day and eve) and we planned to head over to Regulation with Taz too for the day, for perusing any items worth purchasing. I’m still looking for a catsuit to replace the one that I’ve ripped the arm in. I may just be being lazy as it probably can be repaired, but I’ve not tried yet, after the 1st repair using just a re-glue split.
We got the tube over to where Regulation was, and met Titch ‘s other half when we got there. It was good to meet Ian, and again I’d like to get to know these guys a lot more. Regulation were demoing their vac cube, but it was more a vac coffin given its dimensions. Titch was persuaded to try and got in, and although he was small and you couldnt see his head over the top, the cube was pretty good. I still think its a pity he didnt make the Han Solo hands out in front stance given the cube dimensions 😉 – Its made me want a cube of my own more for the playroom, although its a lot of money and I do wonder how many times I would get to use it, or use it on someone. Another highlight of the visit was getting Darren to try on some rubber for the very first time. In the sale rack was a large pair of shorts for £25, an absolute bargain given the quantity of latex in them. A quick fitting in the changing rooms revealed that they were way too big, but worth a try given the cost. I’d love to see him in a full rubber suit, he would look so hot, but he is definitely a leather enthusiast and refuses normally to try on rubber.
We then decided to head over to Expectations to see what was on offer over there (Meeting Lanx and CJ over there too – small world!). There were some nice pieces, but my purchases for the day just contained a purple leather cuff for Taz (its not often you see purple leather available in a shop) and some lube. We grabbed something to eat over the road from Expectations in The Jones Family Project (which I can highly recommend if you are that way) with food that was stunning.
It was then back to the hotel to get ready for a quick nap and to get ready for the evening at Full Fetish. I got changed into my new yellow surf suit and hood for the evening. Both Sirs were in full leather gear for the evening, although jackets were left due to the expected heat levels. We got a bus to the event, and on arrival I was greeted with the best view I could have wished for. No queue. Zero, zilch, not a sausage. I offered to hug the people on the door, purely because this was such a pain the previous year, but the venue obviously sorted it and very quick entry ensued where my electronic tickets were scanned, and then we were greeted with a great venue for the evening. Our pics were taken on arrival, and the recon models were stood on a lovely revolving podium to perve at too.
It definitely wasn’t as busy as last year, but my first visit was to the pup area to see who was there, and have a play with the plethora of toys they had there, and with a few pups who were playing around there. I got to meet up with Titch again and was introduced to his beta pup Pao @Powpup who was looking incredible in his leather pup hood and gear. I really enjoyed playing with him on the night, and him and Titch are pups i’d very much like to spend more time getting to know, both incredibly sexy but genuine people too.
The play areas in the event were pretty pawesome. I still take a bit of issue to the bright idea of putting down astro-turf in the pup play area, as this ripped my knees to shreds, and meant pads were needed. However there was an abundance of toys to play with. The arches at the outside of the Coronet had a darkroom playspace, a bondage playspace and a watersports playspace set up, all of which were used for some great scenes I witnessed during the night. I did get to play Puparoo with Sirs with all the toys, although i didnt get chance to pup out in the playspace with many pups that I knew, as they were all off being busy in other areas. We left early because Darren was tired, and I sorta wish that I’d stayed longer as I’d have liked to pounce and play more with Taz on the night, but I had no idea how to get home on my own and so headed back.
FWL2015 Sunday – Leaving and my final thoughts…
We had a late morning, checked out of the hotel around noon and went for a late breakfast at the “Coffee Shop”, a place under the arches of Vauxhall that serves great food and even better cakes that I partook of the largest donut to get my sugar levels back up before the drive home. I left knowing that we would be missing the two parties on the Sunday night, both of which would have been great to attend, but I was in work at 9am on the Monday morning.
Lessons learned : Next year I will be taking off the Thursday to Monday to enjoy all the events and make the most of the entire weekend, as it is definitely my favourite UK based kink event. I also learned that planning to meet up beforehand and play is probably the better solution to having a good time rather than turning up to an event and just seeing what happens. I look forward to meeting up with old and new friends alike over the next year and this more me was the perfect warm up for Berlin and Folsom Europe in a few months time.