The Ultimate Gay Travel Guide
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London’s gay scene is one of the most exciting and diverse in Europe – whether you’re into old-fashioned pubs, swanky cocktail lounges, gritty basement bars, or arty cafés, London has a gay bar for you.
Although a night (or a few) in Soho is an absolute must-do for any gay visitor, you’ll need to venture beyond the West End to get a real feel for the variety on offer. Vauxhall has some of the best late-night venues, while the East End areas of Dalston, Hoxton, and Shoreditch offer the latest in edgy, anything-goes queer nightlife.
Bars start getting busy at around 8 PM – a little earlier during the week, as most bars and pubs will close at 11 or midnight on week days. People usually head out to clubs at about 1 or 2 AM.
The ultimate place for gay London bar-hopping is Soho, with dozens of amazing bars and clubs within a 15-minute radius of Leicester Square. That said, there is also some good bar-hopping to be found in areas like Dalston and Vauxhall.
Londoners, like most British people, love a pint of beer. Most bars will sell a combination of international lagers and local craft beers – look out for drinks by Camden Town Brewery, Beavertown, and The Five Points Brewery.
Of course, London also has one of the world’s most exciting cocktail scenes, with innovative creations popping up every day – when in doubt, ask the bartender what’s popular.