Private CP (corporal punishment) parties do happen in and around London, but are strictly invitation only. Expert advice (don't ask) suggests hanging out at a few of the more mainstream fetish clubs listed should result in an invitation to a perfectly spanking do.

Fantastic] 9 Brighton Terrace SW9 (071-287 3830) 10pm-6am

'Soft' S&M club every second Saturday in the month. A media-melting pot with the emphasis on fetishistic / glam / drag and fantasy wear. Not much action, though you can get a spanking if you ask nicely enough.

Gummi BM 414 WC1N 3XX

Held on the fourth Wednesday of every month, Gummi is a rubber club for gay men where spanking is part of the action.

Submission 83 Parkway Camden NW1 (071-284 2180)

Run by the Chain Gang, it was the first club to bring fetishism out of the bedroom and into the mainstream. Expect the fast set and a bit of hanky spanky on the side. Held every four to six weeks.

Torture Garden The Paradise Club 1-5 Parkfield St Islington N3

On the first Thursday of every month, everything from Goths to men in spooky leather masks. Whipping as well as spanking, if you're in the mood.

Severin's Kiss The Boardwalk 18 Greek St Soho W1 (081-342 9136) Stylish fetishistic club for vampy straight/gay crowd with a bit of CP on the side.

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