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Welcome to Britain’s unofficial LGBTQI+ capital. This seaside city is known for its open attitude, vivacious clubbing scene and two-day Pride extravaganza. Explore our guide to LGBTQI+ Brighton for the rundown on the best neighbourhoods, hotels and events in the city.

Dates for the diary

Get to know Brighton

The labyrinth of alleyways that make up the historic Lanes area is dotted with antique shops, designer boutiques and jewellers – making this a recommended spot for sourcing unusual gifts, or even a wedding ring! The alternative North Laine is a hipster haven of vintage clothing stores, organic juice bars and piercing parlours.

An excellent way to learn all about Brighton’s queer history is to follow in the footsteps of Lord Byron, Oscar Wilde, Dusty Springfield and other notable gays and lesbians on the Piers & Queers Tour. This unique walking exploration of Brighton’s LGBTQ+ past is offered by Only in Brighton, and is one of Time Out’s top ranked things to do in the city.

Out and about

A cosy pub in the heart of Brighton’s gay scene.

Find out more about The Marine Tavern
The Marine Tavern
The Marine Tavern
The Camelford Arms

Brighton’s biggest gay sauna, for a right pampering session.

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The Brighton Sauna

A landmark gay venue and nightclub, having been a part of Brighton’s gay and lesbian scene for 30 years.

Find out more about Revenge
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Revenge

A cosy pub in the heart of Brighton’s gay scene.

Find out more about The Marine Tavern
The Marine Tavern
The Marine Tavern
The Camelford Arms

Brighton’s biggest gay sauna, for a right pampering session.

Find out more about The Brighton Sauna
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The Brighton Sauna

A landmark gay venue and nightclub, having been a part of Brighton’s gay and lesbian scene for 30 years.

Find out more about Revenge
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Revenge

Stylish stays

An indepedent hotel conviently located near the beach, with 20 rooms including Spa Rooms with a whirlpool bath and sauna.

Hotel UNA

Creatives and art lovers will be drawn to this 24 room hotel with sea views, vintage baths, foodie pop-ups and buzzing cocktail bars.

Artist residence Brighton

79 ornate guestrooms by renowned New York interior architect, try the Carousel penthouse suite for a sleek four-poster bed.

A view in a hotel bathroom in the My Brighton Hotel, a boutique hotel in the centre of Brighton

Stay close to the action at this seafront hotel which boasts a restaurant, bar and sauna.

Amsterdam hotel and bar

Getting here

Brighton is situated on the south coast of England, less than an hour by train from London. London Gatwick Airport is approximately halfway between London and Brighton, and is served by numerous international airlines.