Touch of London

London Gay Travel Guide & Map 2021

Upcoming Events in London

|  17 – 28 March 2021
BFI Flare ľ London LGBTIQ+ Film Festival 2021: the biggest annual international festival for queer cinema in the UK will take place as an online event in 2021, due to the ongoing COVID-19 epidemic.
|  4 September 2021
Mighty Hoopla 2021: annual one-day Pop music festival in London. Explicitly queer-friendly.
@ Brockwell Park
|  11 September 2021
London Gay Pride 2021: due to the COVID-19 epidemic, this year not at the end of June as usual but in September.
|  31 December 2021
New Year's Eve in London: big fireworks at midnight at the river Thames and countless parties in bars and clubs across the city.

Accommodation Tip

Hotel. From 50 ú
Modern hotel in London Soho, well located for sightseeing, shopping, musical theatres and gay life. Most gay bars in Soho are less than 400 metres away.
With its small rooms the hotel is not for the claustrophobic, but a good option if you look for a clean, modern and centrally located accommodation.

Other Z Hotels in this area are the Z Hotel Covent Garden and Z Hotel Piccadilly.
@ 17 Moor Street
London W1D 5NW
Subway: Leicester Square, Tottenham Court Rd

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 highlights and queer events in London are, amongst 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.