Gay Hotel London


30 Best Gay Hotels in London

London is home to the largest LGBT population in the world, so of course the gay scene is among the best in the world. Soho is the best place to stay if you want to be at the heart of the gay nightlife, but it is also a trendy upmarket area in central London, so prices are high.

Other popular areas for gay travelers include Shoreditch & East London or Vauxhall & South Bank. These are spread around less central areas of London, so are likely to be slightly cheaper, but don’t expect budget prices either. Thanks to London’s exceptional public transport system, all the gay nightlife in the city is easily accessible, no matter where you’re staying.

London is one of the world’s most expensive cities. Space comes at a premium and is often reflected in hotel room size. It’s worth paying attention to room size as it’s common for entry-level rooms to range from 9 sqm to 30 sqm.

All hotels in the UK can be classed as gay-friendly. The UK is a progressive and tolerant country with strong anti-discrimination laws. Gay travelers should encounter no issues in the city, and public displays of affection like holding hands and quick kisses will barely attract attention.

In addition to being gay-friendly, the hotels listed below are all located in popular parts of the city for gay travelers and excel at providing value for money and quality experiences.

Most gay visitors book hotels in London’s main gayborhoods to make the most of London’s epic gay scene. Soho being the original and most famous gayborhood is the most booked but also the most expensive.

Soho is the city’s most long-standing gayborhood with venues like G-A-Y, KU Bar, and The Duke of Wellington being gay London institutions. Soho is also in the heart of the city’s cultural center, meaning you are close to museums, landmarks, and world-class shopping.

Shoreditch is located in East London, traditionally one of the city’s gritter areas. In the past few decades, however, Shoreditch has become one of the hipster meccas of the world. Here, you will find an abundance of vintage shops, vegan cafes, designer hotels, and concept cocktail bars, but you will also find a fun and vibrant gay nightlife. The area is a short walk away from the City of London, but you will still have to spend 20-30 minutes on public transport to reach Soho.

The City of London is the name given to the city’s financial district. A busy hub for business, lunchtime bites, and after-work drinks during the week, it becomes essentially deserted on weekends. Separating the East and West ends, it is a great place to stay with good value options.

Vauxhall is located across the Thames from London’s West End. It is home to one of London’s best gay scenes, which surrounds Vauxhall Station. Staying in Vauxhall keeps you close to several gay bars and clubs (not to mention the largest gay sauna in the UK), but it is also convenient for sightseeing. Sights like Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park, Soho, and the South Kensington museums are all only a few Underground stops away.

The South Bank refers to the area just south of the Thames. Because the vast majority of London’s attractions lie north of the river, it is a generally more affordable area to stay. Depending on where you are on the South Bank, you may be within walking distance to Soho, Vauxhall, or Shoreditch.

Overall, it doesn’t matter too much where you stay in London, as the city’s extensive public transport network makes it quite easy to get anywhere. However, choosing a more central location means that you can spend more time doing the activities you came here for, and less time navigating the sometimes confusing connections of the London underground.

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Why we love it

♥ You know exactly what you’re getting with your room (and they are all excellent)
♥ Great central location: just next to Leicester Square, but facing away from the noise
♥ You get to help a person in need with every booking

This brand new London gay hotel knows what today’s travelers want. Stylish, modern rooms, in a variety of sizes and price points, with comfort as the priority. A central location that puts you in the middle of city life. Exciting drinking and dining options. Pink plastic bunny statues.

Let’s start with the rooms. They come in four sizes: Snug, Nest, Pad, and Den. Snug is perfect for budget-conscious travelers, while still being large and airy enough to be pleasant. Nest and Pad are more similar to a standard hotel room size, while Den is especially large and roomy, with plenty of extra floor space. You pay for what you need, and you know what you’re getting.

The location is exceptional, just behind ODEON Leicester Square (London’s home of movie premieres). Most of London’s theatres are only a short walk away, as are several museums, countless bars and restaurants, and enough shops to bankrupt you entirely. Most of Soho’s gay nightlife is less than 10 minutes away, and the prestigious location means there will always be signs pointing you back to the hotel after you’ve had one too many drinks.

Finally, the rooftop bar and restaurant is the icing on the cake. B&H Garden Room is a sunny, airy rooftop space with incredible views over the city, serving tasty food, coffee, and cocktails at all hours of the day.

One more thing: thanks to their “Bed For A Bed” initiative, for every room you book, Assembly Hotel makes a donation to homelessness charity Crisis. This means you can enjoy your temporary home in London while helping someone else settle into a new home of their own.

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♥ Some excellent room deals, especially if you are traveling solo or in a group
♥ Cheaper than a West End location, but still walking distance to West End attractions
♥ Closer to the East End, meaning easier transport links to gay scenes in Dalston and Hoxton

All the Z Hotel branches in Central London are gay favourites, and are based on two main facts: firstly, that space is limited in the heart of one of the most crowded cities in Europe, and secondly that most visitors spend their time in a city actually visiting. The rooms are small, ranging from 8m2 to 14m2, but they are also cheap and impeccably designed.

The single room, ideal for solo travelers who are sick of paying for more space than they need, can cost as little as £50 per night. The larger rooms are perfect for practical couples, and this Z Hotel branch even has something the others on this list do not: a Family Room, with two double or queen beds in a bunk bed arrangement. Four friends traveling together could pay as little as £28 a night to stay in the City, which is a great deal.

The City location is only marginally further away from the West End than the other two Z Hotel branches on this list, with Soho’s gayborhood (and the area’s many famous landmarks) only 20 minutes away. Meanwhile, you are closer to other great London highlights, such as the Tate Modern, Borough Market, Shakespeare’s Globe, and the Tower of London. It is also easier to reach the East End’s gay nightlife, which is gaining popularity as London’s cooler and more local alternative to Soho.

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♥ Popular, reliable hostel brand with lively common areas
♥ Exceptional design
♥ Gay bar a few steps away for when you don’t fancy the 15-minute ride to Soho

Generator Hostels are a reliable brand throughout Europe, so you know what you’re getting with this London location. The whole place has a strong emphasis on cool, hip design that references classic British elements without going too cheesy. The rooms are colorful and practical, with comfy mattresses and lockable storage space for each dorm bed.

You can choose between classic dorm rooms, private rooms with shared bathrooms, or en-suite private rooms. All are very well priced for a budget stay in London, and it’s worth checking out the private options if you are traveling in a group as they can end up being a similar price to a dorm a bed.

One of the best things about a Generator Hostel is the focus on meeting and hanging out with fellow hostel guests. The bar is a great place to start a night out and maybe make some new friends for the night – there is even a dance floor, so you may find yourself not leaving the hostel at all. There are also other common areas for hanging out and relaxing, and the food at the cafe is tasty.

The location is close to St Pancras/King’s Cross Stations, which is ideal for those traveling by train to and from those stations. This is also a large hub for various Underground lines, so you can reach most places in London very easily – Soho’s gay bars are just a 15-minute trip on the Piccadilly line. There are also a few gay venues in the area, including Central Station, Urban @ Scala, and New Bloomsbury Set (which is just three doors down).

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♥ Option to book a whole dorm room for a group of friends
♥ Good location for transport links and enjoying Hyde Park
♥ Dorm beds with privacy curtains and plug sockets

This hostel is simple and on the old-fashioned side, but the rates are always cheap and the location is convenient for public transport links. The beds in the large dorm rooms all have storage drawers as well as privacy curtains and individual plug sockets, which is always a welcome addition. There are no private rooms per se, but there are 4 and 6-person dorm rooms that can be ideal for groups of friends who want a whole room to themselves.

Smart Hyde Park Inn Hostel is located a short walk away from Hyde Park, and a couple of minutes away from Bayswater Underground Station. There are also various other Underground stations in a 5-minute radius from the hostel, meaning you have easy access to the whole of London. This a good location for shopping and for enjoying the park (which is especially pleasant in the summer). The closest gay nightlife is in Soho, a 20-minute tube ride away on the Central Line, which is open 24 h on Fridays and Saturdays.

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♥ So close to G-A-Y you can practically hear the cheesy 90’s pop
♥ Convenient and practical, at a great price
♥ Well-designed rooms that make the most of the space

Made up of twelve Georgian townhouses, this hotel’s focus is allowing you to enjoy London like a real Londoner. This means they offer compact rooms for people who want a practical, comfortable option in the heart of the city, without paying extravagant prices. Each room is perfectly designed to make the most of the space, without feeling cramped or too small.

The location is great for shopping, entertainment, dining, and sightseeing, but gay visitors have an extra bonus: G-A-Y is a minute’s walk away. This is quite literally the closest you can stay to London’s gay nightlife, and you can party all night safe in the knowledge that you can’t possibly get lost on your way to your room. Also, if you are planning on catching a performance of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, this is one of the closest hotels to the Palace Theatre where it runs.

Overall, this is a pared-down hotel experience, designed to maximize convenience and space for good value for money. It’s not for those who like loads of fancy facilities or enough space to throw a party in their room, but it’s just perfect for visitors who just need an affordable, comfortable place to sleep while they enjoy everything London has to offer.

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Why we love it

♥ Well-designed rooms with quality amenities for all budgets
♥ Excellent location for sightseeing and nightlife
♥ Larger than the Soho location, so easier to book

As with other hotels in the Z Hotel range, the idea here is to provide affordable and practical rooms for “urbanites”. Space is at a premium in central London, and this hotel takes the refreshing approach of accepting that, working with space instead of against it. The result is a room that is small, but where every inch has been optimized, from under-bed storage for your bags to the walk-in showers.

The Z Hotel Piccadilly has single rooms designed for one person traveling solo, with a correspondingly good price. There are also rooms with a Queen Bed for those who like a bit more room to sprawl. “Inside” rooms do not have windows (and so are cheaper) – you can pay a bit more for natural light, but you probably don’t need it if you plan to spend your days hitting the streets.

The Z Hotel Piccadilly benefits from a great location close to, you guessed it, Piccadilly Circus. It is also a stone’s throw from Trafalgar Square, the National Gallery, and the National Portrait Gallery. While the Soho location is closer to the dining, shopping, and gay nightlife of Soho, they are still just under 10 minutes away on foot from the Piccadilly hotel.

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♥ Great range of room sizes, perfect for groups
♥ Really tasty breakfast
♥ Loads of opportunities to meet other travelers

With its Victorian townhouse facade, Stylotel looks quite old-fashioned from the outside. However, once you step inside you are greeted with fun, ultra-modern decor filled with glass, metal, and bright colors. This is the vibe throughout the entire hotel, which contains a large variety of room styles and sizes for every type of traveler.

The rooms range from single to family plus, which can comfortably house five people. This makes Stylotel particularly good for large groups of friends traveling together, as well as for solo travelers. The suites come in both studio and 1-bedroom layouts, and allow for even more space. All the rooms are quite spacious, with good showers, comfortable beds, and toiletries.

Breakfast is particularly delicious, with both cooked English breakfast plates and continental options, and is usually included in the room rate. There is also a communal lounge, which is a good place to meet fellow guests, and a pub in the same building as the suites. This friendly, communal feel is one of the reasons this hotel is a big gay favorite in London.

Stylotel is located 5 minutes from Hyde Park. You can reach the museums of South Kensington just by crossing the length of the park – a half-hour walk, but a particularly lovely one. Soho and the West End attractions are further away, but can easily be reached through the Underground in about 20 minutes.

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♥ Access to top-tier gym facilities
♥ Very good value for money, especially within the location
♥ 24-hour cafe and diner downstairs for sleepless nights

St Giles London has a great location, a 5-minute walk from the British Museum, Tottenham Court Road, and Oxford Street. Most of the gay bars in Soho are about 10 minutes away, except for G-A-Y Late, which is just a 4-minute walk (which is especially handy since this is where you’re likely to end up on a big night out).

The hotel itself is a straightforward 3-star. The rooms are dated in their decor but they are also very comfortable, with good beds and pillows, and cleanliness standards are very high. The basic (free) WiFi is good enough to cover most uses, and there is a premium paid option if you need to download or stream. There is a bar, restaurant, breakfast room, and even a 24-hour cafe diner (a relative rarity in London).

The Central YMCA Club, the largest health and fitness facility in central London, is just underneath the hotel, which is great news for gym addicts. Since it is not part of the hotel itself, you will have to pay £5 for access, but this is a fair price for access to extensive range of machines and weights, a cycle studio, a Badminton court, a swimming pool, sauna and steam room, and several classes.

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♥ Best-rated hostel in Soho
♥ Excellent communal facilities, including bar, cafe, games room, and lounge
♥ Super friendly staff, ready to help out or just have a chat at any time

SoHostel London offers incredibly cheap accommodation in the heart of (usually very expensive) Soho, a 5-minute walk from the gayborhood. This is a gay favorite for budget visitors in the area, and is also one of the best-rated hostels in central London, with a 2017 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.

It’s easy to see why. SoHostel is a classically friendly, laid-back hostel, with amazing staff and bright, colorful common areas for hanging out and meeting people. The breakfast is varied and delicious, the bar is fun and reasonably priced (especially at happy hour), and the beds are super comfy. Particularly useful facilities include a laundry room, tour bookings, and a “pamper” room with hairdryers and vanity mirrors.

There are private rooms and dorms available, with the latter coming in 6, 8, and 18-bed sizes. The only downside of the whole place is that the rooms can be on the smaller size, but it’s nothing out of the ordinary for a budget hostel.

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Why we love it

♥ Perfectly designed rooms for optimum comfort
♥ 24/7 canteen serving great food
♥ Exceptional location for sightseeing and gay clubbing

The CitizenM chain prides itself on its cutting-edge, innovative approach to design, and this central London branch is no different. Every part of the hotel celebrates color and creativity, while also being carefully planned out for maximum comfort.

The rooms are a perfect example of this. Though compact, they offer everything a traveler needs to relax and wind down after a long day of sightseeing or a long night of partying. The huge 2mx2m beds, complete with high-quality linens and pillows, are a delight, and the powerful rain showers can wash away both your jetlag and your hangovers. Another great touch is the tablet with which you can control everything from the temperature to the window blinds and the ambient mood lighting.

Downstairs, the stylish lobby lends itself to work, play, or just relaxing with a book. The CanteenM concept serves tasty, affordable food and is open 24/7, covering your breakfast pastry needs as well as your midnight snack cravings.

CitizenM Bankside is located just behind the Tate Modern, within a walking distance of the Millennium Bridge, Shakespeare’s Globe, the Southbank Center, Borough Market, Waterloo Station, The Shard, and Tower Bridge. There are easy public transport connections to Soho, Vauxhall, and Shoreditch, and popular gay club Pulse is just a 5-minute walk away.

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