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. Along with a strong sense of community spirit, you can find novels, history, poetry, and rare editions, all with a LGBTQI+ focus.
If you’re a culture vulture, you can look forward to visiting the British Museum for a bookable 70-minute LGBTQI+ tour, highlighting fascinating histories surrounding desire, love and identity.
Everyone under the rainbow gravitates to Soho, from young, international gay and lesbian travellers and friends enjoying cheap drinks at G-A-Y Bar, to the regular locals at Comptons of Soho, a grand old gay pub that’s been there for almost 30 years.
For post-bar socialising, G-A-Y Late, Circa and KuKlub are fun, neon-lit choices, while a visit to G-A-Y Club at world-famous venue Heaven is essential: gay icons Madonna, Kylie and Lady Gaga have all performed here.
Vauxhall in south London is the place to head for testosterone-fuelled gay nightclubs and an after-hours party scene. Home of hunky hedonism, Eagle London is known for legendary gay party nights. Then there's the Royal Vauxhall Tavern, which offers unforgettable cabaret and club nights, such as the legendary Duckie, hosted every Saturday for over twenty years by LGBTQI+ royalty, Amy Lamé.
You’ll find a cool gay community hanging out in pubs, gallery spaces and dive bars throughout east London. Café-bar, art space and club Dalston Superstore is popular with east London’s LGBTQI+ community, while hot spots The Queen Adelaide and The Glory are two anything-goes spaces full of kitsch decor.
Occupying an elegant row of Victorian townhouses, this boutique hotel retains the sophisticated ambience of a private gentleman’s club despite being smack bang in the middle of hedonistic Soho. Owners Peter and Douglas were personally involved in the creation and design of each of the 30 guestrooms, and their passion for interiors shines through in quirky details like character beds, marble washstands and claw-foot baths.
A large, modern chain hotel with simple, functional en-suite rooms, Travelodge London Vauxhall is the closest hotel to Vauxhall’s gay scene. If your priority is to party then this is a smart budget option, just a two-minute walk from key venues like Royal Vauxhall Tavern and Fire.
Inclusivity and diversity take centre stage at LaLiT London, a luxury five-star boutique hotel near London Bridge. To make your Pride experience even more enjoyable, the hotel has a dedicated concierge to advise guests on the best events and activities for LGBTQI+ Pride month.
Modern, trendy and full of amazing artwork, Soho’s Ham Yard Hotel is a haven in the heart of central London. You’ll love the stylish drawing room, library, spa and 1950s style bowling alley, while its cosy roof terrace bar is perfect for laid-back, pre-party drinks.
Located in the centre of Soho, Z Soho is a super-modern hotel with sleek rooms surrounding a central courtyard. Minutes away from Leicester Square and Tottenham Court Road tube stations, the thriving LGBTQI+ community of London is right on your doorstep!
If you're looking for ‘style on a budget’, this hostel accommodation offers just that, all fantastically located on Soho's Dean Street! Prices vary, with options ranging from one bed in an 18-bed mixed dormitory room to six-bed, female-only dorms and private double and twin rooms with shared facilities.
Renowned for being one of the largest LGBTQI+ events in the world, Pride in London festival brings a party atmosphere to the streets of London, with an annual parade, music performances and activities. Run by volunteers, Pride in London’s procession proudly walks more than 300 eye-catching floats through London’s West End towards Trafalgar Square, host of the free live music event each year.
Founded in 2005, UK Black Pride is Europe's largest celebration for African, Caribbean, Asian, Middle Eastern and Latin American LGBTQI+ people. 2019 saw thousands gather in Haggerston Park, in east London, for a day of inclusive celebration, with a main stage full of musical acts, alongside LGBTQI+ stalls and a Wellbeing and Wellness stage.
Part of the capital’s LGBTQI+ calendar for over ten years, Fringe! Queer Art & Film Fest is a film and arts festival born out of London's queer creative scene. This thrilling annual event aims to shine a light on world-class cinema and important perspectives through international and local film makers.
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.