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    London

    Described by some as the greatest city on Earth

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London

Britannia might no longer rule the waves, but today’s London is a truly cosmopolitan magnet for the arts, fashion and culture.

The thriving sea port that once made it great has now migrated East, but London has morphed into a harbour for the world’s best talent. Here trends start, money is made, fame is created. London impresses its mark on the world like never before. From a LGBT point of view, London has always been a haven for minorities, but in the last few years it has become a trailblazer in terms of tolerance, equality and queer culture, so well expressed in a LGBT scene that truly offers something for everyone.



When to Visit

London enjoys a mild Atlantic climate. Winters are never particularly harsh and snow is very infrequent. The wettest and stormiest months are October and November, though wet spells are possible in any season. In the months of June to August the weather is at its driest and the sun sets late in the day. On a sunny summer day Londoners flock to their parks and along the river en masse. Winter months may be less attractive, but London offers lots of things to do even on a cold and wet day. At Christmas the city becomes alive with lights, crafts markets and ice skating rinks in many locations.

BFI Flare

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LGBT Film Festival |  March

Held at the BFI Southbank Cinemas, this event showcases the best queer cinematography of past & present. Tickets get snapped up pretty quickly for most sessions.

For more information, visit bfi.org.uk/flare

 

Pride

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Gay Pride |  Last weekend of June

As all cities, London has its Pride, though it does not rank very highly when compared with other similar European events. The Parade is the centrepiece of the celebrations and sees hundreds of thousands of spectators along the route that goes from Baker Street to Trafalgar Square, where a public concert takes place afterwards.

For more information, visit prideinlondon.org

London Fetish Week

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Fetish | Mid-July

A week-long event taking place in various venues for every sort of taste, from leather, to rubber to sports kit. The programme is generally released in the spring and contains all the details.

For more information, visit fetishweek.com

 

BBC Proms

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Classical Music Festival |  July-September

During the Proms Season over 70 concerts are performed, mostly in the stunning Royal Albert Hall, including the Last Night of The Proms which is broadcast live on BBC.

For more information, visit bbc.co.uk/proms

 

Notting Hill Carnival

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Cultural Festival |  Late August

Held on the August Bank Holiday weekend (the last weekend of the month) this is an event that is particularly dear to the Black & Caribbean communities. Sadly it’s not the most gay-friendly event and it’s often marred by violence.

For more informartion, visit thenottinghillcarnival.com

London Film Festival

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Film Festival |  Mid October

One of the world’s most celebrated film festivals, always premiering the cream of the crop.

For more information, visit bfi.org.uk/lff

 

Fringe!

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Queer Film & Arts Festival | November

Held in various locations in the East End, this festival aims at the alternative queer scene with documentaries, films, exhibitions & lively debates.Pride - last weekend of June. As all cities, London has its Pride, though it does not rank very highly when compared with other similar European events. The Parade is the centrepiece of the celebrations and sees hundreds of thousands of spectators along the route that goes from Baker Street to Trafalgar Square, where a public concert takes place afterwards.

For more information, visit fringefilmfest.com

Christmas Festivities

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Cultural / Religious Festival |  November-December

London comes alive at Christmas: major streets are adorned by decorations and ice skating rinks appears everywhere, from the London Eye to the Tower, as well as Christmas Markets and the massive Winter Wonderland (hydeparkwinterwonderland.com) in Hyde Park.

 

 

New Years

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Cultural Festival | 31 December

For many years people unofficially gathered in Trafalgar Square, freezing in the generally inclement December weather. For a few years the stage has been stolen by the massive fireworks display around the London Eye, but recently that has become a ticketed event and the whole area from where the fireworks can be seen is cordoned off.

For more informartion, visit london.gov.uk/nye

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Gaytway Guide to London

Getting here

London is served by six airports. All intercontinental flights land at Heathrow or Gatwick. Low-cost carriers fly to and from Gatwick, Stansted, Luton and Southend. Domestic and European flights also depart and arrive from London City Airport.… Read more

Getting about

The London metropolitan area is divided into 9 concentric fare zones - zone 1 being the more central - and journey costs vary depending on the number of zones one crosses. The Underground (the Tube) covers most destinations, though south of the… Read more

Bars

The pub is an institution of the British culture and those serving the LGBT community have for many years represented safe and accepting places where people could meet and socialise. In the last few years many of them have sadly closed their doors,… Read more

Clubs & Parties

It is almost impossible to freeze frame the London scene. Clubs and Parties come and go quickly, just as fashions and trends appear and disappear, but perhaps this is inevitable in such a dynamic city like the British capital. Nor it would be… Read more

 

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