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London frequently tops the list of best LGBTQI+ destinations and it’s not hard to see why. From the buzzing bars and restaurants of Soho, the city’s gay heartland, to Vauxhall’s infamous party scene and the East End’s hip hangouts, the city offers endless possibilities. Explore our guide to LGBTQI+ London for the lowdown of the best neighbourhoods, hotels and events in the city. 

Dates for the diary

Waving the flag for Pride

Support an independent LGBTQI+ book shop by finding your next page-turner at Gay’s The Word. Having opened in 1979, it’s the UK’s oldest LGBTQI+ bookshop. If you’re a culture vulture, you can visit the British Museum for a bookable 70-minute LGBTQI+ tour, highlighting fascinating histories surrounding desire, love and identity. Or for a unique strut round the city’s iconic sights bursting with lip syncs and karaoke, follow the high-heeled footsteps of drag queen’s as they lead you on a Dragged Around London tour.

Out and about

Everyone under the rainbow gravitates to Soho’s G-A-Y Bar.

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G-A-Y Bar

Join the regulars at Soho’s grand old gay pub that’s been there for 30 years.

Find out more about Comptons of Soho
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Comptons of Soho

A hotspot for party lovers, throw some moves in London’s gay bar and dance club.

Find out more about Ku Bar
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Ku Bar

Flamboyance at its best, take to its iconic dance floor for a pop classic kind of night.

Find out more about Village
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Village

For a neon lit fuelled adventure, hit up Soho’s chill-out bar.

Find out more about Circa
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Circa

A must visit world-famous venue where icons Madonna, Kylie and Lady Gaga have all performed.

Find out more about Heaven
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Heaven

The place in Vauxhall for an after-hours party scene and legendary gay nights.

Find out more about Eagle London
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Eagle London

Unforgettable cabaret, club nights and eclectic entertainment in an unmissable location.

Find out more about Royal Vauxhall Tavern
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Royal Vauxhall Tavern

East London’s queer pleasure palace – full of cabaret, drag performances and live music events.

Find out more about Dalston Superstore
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Dalston Superstore

Resurrected from the ashes of popular east London gay bar George and Dragon, The Queen Adelaide brings the party back to Hackney.

Find out more about The Queen Adelaide
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The Queen Adelaide

A night with drag queens, queer events and a whole host of gay entertainment.

Find out more about The Glory
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The Glory

Everyone under the rainbow gravitates to Soho’s G-A-Y Bar.

Find out more about G.A.Y
Gay couple standing close together outside of night club.
G-A-Y Bar

Join the regulars at Soho’s grand old gay pub that’s been there for 30 years.

Find out more about Comptons of Soho
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Comptons of Soho

A hotspot for party lovers, throw some moves in London’s gay bar and dance club.

Find out more about Ku Bar
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Ku Bar

Flamboyance at its best, take to its iconic dance floor for a pop classic kind of night.

Find out more about Village
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Village

For a neon lit fuelled adventure, hit up Soho’s chill-out bar.

Find out more about Circa
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Circa

A must visit world-famous venue where icons Madonna, Kylie and Lady Gaga have all performed.

Find out more about Heaven
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Heaven

The place in Vauxhall for an after-hours party scene and legendary gay nights.

Find out more about Eagle London
Eagle London
Eagle London

Unforgettable cabaret, club nights and eclectic entertainment in an unmissable location.

Find out more about Royal Vauxhall Tavern
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Royal Vauxhall Tavern

East London’s queer pleasure palace – full of cabaret, drag performances and live music events.

Find out more about Dalston Superstore
Dalston Superstore
Dalston Superstore

Resurrected from the ashes of popular east London gay bar George and Dragon, The Queen Adelaide brings the party back to Hackney.

Find out more about The Queen Adelaide
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The Queen Adelaide

A night with drag queens, queer events and a whole host of gay entertainment.

Find out more about The Glory
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The Glory

Stylish stays

Occupying an elegant row of Victorian Townhouse, stay at this boutique hotel right in the middle of Soho.

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A luxury five-star boutique hotel near London Bridge.

The Lalit London

Modern, trendy and fill of amazing artwork, this is a haven in the heart of central London - with a cosy roof terrace.

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A super modern hotel with sleek rooms minutes away from iconic Leicester Square.

Z Hotel in Soho

Getting here

London is served by several international airports, including London Heathrow, London Gatwick, London City, London Stansted and London Luton. The Eurostar also provides a direct link to Europe via the Eurotunnel.