Clubs & Bars
The heart of the LGBT scene in London lies, without a doubt, in Soho. On Compton Street, you will find a range of gay bars and clubs to keep you busy. G-A-Y Bar tends to draw in a younger crowd while Rupert Street is more stylish and ideal for a visit before hitting the clubs. Village Soho is another option and then later on, G-A-Y Late will keep you dancing into the early hours with their LCD video bar.
Whether you want traditional British, Chinese, Indian, Mexican, Italian or Thai cuisine, you’ll be able to find it in London. Catering to all palates, the capital is a food heaven. Balans is a buzzy gay brasserie and Mildred’s is a popular gay-friendly vegetarian spot, both in the heart of the gay village in Soho. Bistrotheque is a lively and trendy food-spot in the arty corner of the east, with an open-plan main floor. The top floor loft has been described by locals as a “hidden gem” and is worth paying a visit to.
Gyms & Saunas
Soho Gyms in Covent Garden is one of London’s top gyms for gay clientele. Conveniently centrally located, it is easily accessible by tube and offers daily and weekly passes or membership on a monthly basis. Sweatbox Gym & Sauna in Soho is regarded as “the friendliest gym in town” and is owned and run by gay men, for openly gay or bisexual men. Boasting a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, it’s definitely one to check out while in London.
Things to Do
No trip to the United Kingdom’s capital is complete without a tour of central London. You could opt for an open top bus tour on one of the city’s famous red buses, or find your way around on foot or via the London Underground transport network.
Strike a pose outside of Buckingham Palace and get a glimpse of the Royal Guards; see the infamous Big Ben and the historic London Bridge. Visit the Houses of Parliament and see Downing Street for a taste of the UK’s political center. There really is a never ending list of things to see and do around London.
You could catch a musical in the West End and to top it all off, why not take your special one on the London Eye and look out over the magnificent views of the capital city?
People flock to London every year for an amazing shopping experience and for good reason. If a little bit of retail therapy is on the cards, or you just want to treat yourself or your loved one to something special, take a walk down the world famous Oxford Street where you will find stores to suit anything. For gay specific merchandise, Clone Zone in Soho is a local favorite, featuring two full floors of gay erotica. Expectations in the east of London is an established fetish store and Gay’s the Word in Bloomsbury is a bookshop specializing in LGBT material. For the fetish-adventurous, Regulation in Soho is a reliable rubber outlet.
There’s no shortage of accommodation options in London. From luxury 5* hotels to family owned Bed & Breakfasts, guest houses to budget hotels; there’s a place to stay to suit every budget. Many of the B&Bs and guest houses are LGBT-friendly, such as FitzzBB within walking distance of Soho and Parkwood at Marble Arch. La Suite West is a gay-friendly, luxury boutique hotel located on the edge of the spectacular Hyde Park and is a good choice for those with a little more money to spend.