London is a global hub of culture, fashion, nightlife, and entertainment, the city is big, vibrant, exciting, and filled with more activities than you could realistically fit into a holiday. London is the capital of the UK, the second-most visited city in the world, and home to Europe’s largest LGBT population
In London, you can spend your days visiting some of the world’s best museums and most iconic landmarks before diving deep into one of Europe’s most lively gay scenes.
Soho has long been known as the heart of gay London, and the grouping of gay bars and clubs on Old Compton Street – including popular venues like G-A-Y and The Duke of Wellington – is still going strong. However, the district once known for its seedy red light district has been mostly overtaken by trendy upmarket restaurants, cafes, and boutiques. You’ll still find plenty of sex shops and quite a few saunas, but you’ll have to look further for London’s modern gay scene.
In particular, East London has recently emerged as a gay area, especially the neighborhoods of Shoreditch and Dalston. As new clubs, bars, and shows open, several long-standing institutions also continue to shut down in these areas and gay London as a whole, pushed out by increasing gentrification. Nevertheless, the London LGBT community continues to be large, vocal, and well-established. You will not be lacking in choice when planning your gay nights out in London, and in fact you will probably start planning your next visit before you even leave.
The UK is a progressive and tolerant country, and London has the world’s largest LGBT population. Gay travelers should encounter no issues in the city, and public displays of affection like holding hands and quick kisses will barely attract attention. Homophobia can of course be found anywhere, but gay people in the UK are protected by law from discrimination.
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