Touch of London

London Gay Travel Guide & Map 2020

Upcoming Events in London

|  31 January 2020
Winter Pride Party 2020: big annual LGBT party and music festival by various London club nights and queer collectives.
Tickets: from 15 £
21:00 – 04:00 @ Scala (King's Cross, 275 Pentonville Road)
|  1  –  29 February 2020
LGBT History Month 2020: exhibitions, workshops, forums, presentations, movies, multimedia performances, theatre and readings.
|  14  –  18 February 2020
London Fashion Week: with more than hundred events and over 250 designers one of the ›Big Four‹ global fashion weeks. It takes place twice a year, organized by the British Fashion Council.
|  7 March 2020
Papa Loko – Revolution: queer-inclusive Techno and Electro party, amongst others, with DJ Simao and Lunar Plane.
Tickets: 8-18 £, ID card required for entry
23:00 – 06:00 @ Fold (Gillian House, Stephenson Street)
|  18  –  29 March 2020
BFI Flare – London LGBTQ+ Film Festival 2020: biggest international festival for queer cinema in the UK.
@ BFI Southbank (Belvedere Road)
|  26 April 2020
London Marathon: one of the most renowned international marathons in the world and an important annual sporting festival and fund raising event in the UK.
|  15 May 2020
Werq The World 2020: the stars from RuPaul's Drag Race on tour in London with their new show.
@ The SSE Arena Wembley (Arena Square, Engineers Way)
|  27 June 2020
London Gay Pride 2020: parade through central London as well as lots of parties, cultural and sports events and political debates across London.
Closing event with speeches and stage shows on Saturday afternoon on Trafalgar Square.
|  30  –  31 August 2020
Notting Hill Carnival: huge community-led street festival with Caribbean roots and the biggest celebration of culture, diversity and inclusivity in the UK. Annual event on the August Bank Holiday weekend.

About London and its gay life

With a population of 8 million, London is the second largest metropolis in Europe. London extends over 44 kilometers along the Thames river and has a moderate climate with its summers not too hot and the winters not too cold.

Throughout its history London has always been a center of attraction for different cultures and religions whether it be Christians, Muslims, Hindus, Jews, Sikhs or Buddhists. At the beginning of the 20th century, mainly Irish, Poles, Italians and Eastern European Jews came to London, while starting around 1950 the majority of immigrants comes from former British colonies such as India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Today, the cultural, ethnic, religious and economic background of London's population is one of the most diverse worldwide.

London has a flourishing artistic, theater and music scene. Just think of the West End with its numerous musical theaters or the many world-famous London-based bands and musicians, such as the Rolling Stones, The Who, Queen with Freddie Mercury, The Sex Pistols, David Bowie, Culture Club with Boy George, the Pet Shop Boys, Coldplay or the Spice Girls. Whole music genres such as Punk came from London and first conquered Europe and then the world.

This vitality and diversity of London is also reflected in its gay scene: it is huge, diverse and ever changing. There are the cafes, bars and shops of a classic gay village in the Soho district of Central London, particularly in the area around Old Compton Street. Many clubbers go to the huge party temples in the railway arches in Vauxhall or to the alternative clubs in the up-and-coming East End, formerly a working class area that became popular with students and artists.
And not to forget the many traditional gay pubs and neighborhood bars that are scattered all over London.

No matter what you like, there is certainly a place in London where your needs are met – and were they ever so fancy.

Annual gay events and highlights in London are, among others, the BFI London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival in spring, the Easter weekend, London Gay Pride end of June, and the bank holiday weekends in spring, end of August and around New Year's Eve.