London has the most flourishing gay scene in the UK, since the past decade the city is home of one of the largest lesbian and gay community in Europe. In December 2006, gay and lesbian sex couples were given the right to civil partnerships. Numerous gay men and women have made London their home; almost every corner of London now has a gay bar or two, itís frequent to hold hands and kiss in public anywhere in the centre of town.
The city offers one of the most diverse night life scenes in the world; the centre of the gay scene in London is Soho, where Old Compton Street, Rupert Street and the surrounding area boast a host of gay bars, clothing shops, cafes, art galleries, cinemas and restaurants. Additionally, Earlís Court in the west, Islington and Stoke Newington in the north, Hoxton and Shoreditch (in Hackney) in the East London and Vauxhall and Clapham in the south have been developed a great status for their gay and lesbian communities, in fact, almost every part of the city is home to congenial spots for gay visitors.
During the Londonís Pride Festival, held every year in June/July, there are hundreds of events, these include film screenings, sporting and arts events, theatre, comedy and cabaret performances, debates and concerts.
You can check gay and lesbian guides such as Time Out, the Pink Paper, the G3 Magazine or the Gay Times for details of whatís on where you visit London.
London Gay and Lesbian nightspots
Some popular Gay and Lesbian nightspots include:
Address: 54 Old Compton Street, Soho
Telephone: 020-7437 5300
Barcode: Bar and dance club mainly male orientated.
Address: 3-4 Archer Street, W1 (Soho)
Telephone: 020 7582 4180 (Vauxhall) and 020 7734 3342 (Soho)
Candy Bar: The most popular lesbian bar in London.
Address: 4 Carlisle Street, Soho
Telephone: 075 252 17105
More Candy Bars at http://www.thecandybar.co.uk/
Central Station: Bar and fetish club.
Address: 37 Wharfdale Road, Kingís Cross
Telephone: 020 7278 3294
Address: Wentworth Mews, E3
Telephone: +44 (0)20 8980 8557 (club hours) / +44 (0)20 8980 7880 (other times)
The Royal Vauxhall Tavern, traditional bar
Address: 373 Kennington Lane
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7820 1222
The Box: Ten years old bar.
Address: 32-34 Monmouth Street, Covent Garden
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7240 5828
Shadow Lounge: One of Sohoís most fashionable spots.
Address: 5 Brewer Street
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7287 7988