BEST GAY FRIENDLY CITIES IN THE UK
A Travel Guide to the UK and The Best Gay Friendly Cities
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Home to Europe's largest gay and lesbian population, London remains a hot spot for the discerning international gay traveller. And with more than 300 languages spoken (though you'll need just the one) and nearly a third of the population born outside of the country, you don't get much more international.
The British capital's nearly fourteen-million-plus population is marked by established Asian, South Asian, African and West Indian communities, partly the result of Britain's once vast empire. Yet for a city of such a scale, London feels convincingly intimate and unthreatening, much of it down to its village-like atmosphere spread across 32 boroughs, each with individual and local character
In London one is seldom far from a gay pub, bar or club, with literally hundreds of venues throughout the capital. And the city's comprehensive network of buses, underground trains (the Tube) and surface rail (London Overground) will get you there in comfort, though it is imperative to buy an Oyster travel card because paying without one for a bus or tube ride can at least double the cost.
Appropriately the 17th-century origin of Soho's name appears to be a hunting cry. And if the conveniently central Soho has replaced Earls Court as London's gay mecca (and it has, in a big way), then south-of-the-river Vauxhall fancies itself as giving Soho a run for its money
But gay Vauxhall is predominantly nocturnal, with big sweaty dance clubs, pubs and leather and fetish dens pumping life into an otherwise barren area where in daylight cars far outnumber the traffic on the sidewalks. However, large-scale corporate development and plans for further commercial infiltrations are threatening the local gay stronghold.
Scene stalwart The Hoist closed its doors in December 2016 following a 20-year run in which the club's pull with punters shifted from the leathered and rubbered to the naked. And as of 2017, east London has fully emerged as a gay scene offshoot, by turns indie, alternative, arty and trashy.
Bad Weather? Who Cares!
Admittedly the winters tend to be chilly, dark and damp, though not without atmosphere. Especially when a pint in the pub is involved. And at the end of a working day it is not unusual to find certain gay watering holes heaving with punters in no rush to get home.
In December 2016 a GayCities poll revealed London and Berlin tied as the top place to be LGBT and single.
The Bars and Clubs
HEAVEN Club...... For more Information Follow the Link Heaven Gay Club
G.A.Y in HEAVEN For more information follow the Link G.A.Y in HEAVEN Info
XXL Club............ For more information follow the Link XXL at Pulse Info
The VAULT......... .For more Informatio Folloe the Link THE VAULT Info
G.A.Y in Soho ... For more Information follow the Link G.A.Y in Soho Info
The main gay area has to be Soho, just west of the West End, where all theatres are located and north of China Town. Main gay street is Old Compton Street, where many bars are located. London is one of the biggest gay party cities in the world, in the weekend you can party almost around the clock. Most big venues can be found in the Vauxhall area.
For More Information and the Full List of the Gay Bars follow the Link List of Gay Bars Click Here
Where to Stay: For Full List Follow the Link Gay Hotel List in London
In the old days bars and pubs had to close very early in the UK. Those times are no more, however still many places have to close before midnight due to their local license. On Sundays most places still close around 11, with only few exceptions.
Steeped in history, progressive, quirky and knows how to throw one hell of a party, Gay Edinburgh is a rising star on gay travelers radars.
Easily one of the beautiful cities in the world and host to some of the world’s biggest arts festival, Edinburgh is a city that tempts you in and begs you to stay longer. Edinburgh truly has something for everyone, and if queer travelers can draw themselves away from the all-night parties of the infamous ‘Pink Triangle’, they will find internationally renown art galleries, picturesque nature, creative design stores, hipster coffee shops (frequented by even cuter Scottish guys and girls). And, of course, plenty of historic streets, panoramic views, and architectural gems!
Same-sex marriage has been legal in Scotland since 2014, and in this peaceful and open-minded country, queer travelers are welcomed everywhere with small rainbow flags on almost every store, club and restaurant window.
We found Scotts in Edinburgh warm, open and sincere…once you can figure out their accent, though thankfully the local ‘posh’ Edinburgh dialect is easier to get the hang of. While during the brief, beautiful summer days it is easy to meet gay locals in the parks and around town, in the bitterly cold winters you might want to turn to hookups app to meet a friendly local in Edinburgh to show you around (or perhaps invite you to a pint in a warm pub!).
For the Full Guide to Gay Edinburgh Follow the Link Full Guide To Gay Edinburgh
Obviously being gay does not define which attraction most of us will want to see in each city and most queer travelers will simply want to check out the top things to see in Edinburgh during the day!
Edinburgh is a very safe city band gay travelers in Edinburgh do not need to take any extra precautions regarding public displays of affection in this very tolerant and progressive city. Rest assured gay travelers will have no issues exploring this beautiful and diverse city!
Scottish National Gallery – Art lovers can’t go past this national collection which includes both European and Scottish masterpieces and intriguing seasonal exhibitions from all over the world.
Museum of Scotland – A modern museum showcasing the best of Scotland with historical relics, intriguing exhibits, and a nice cafe.
Scotch Whisky Experience – Have you even been to Scotland if you don’t know the difference between scotch and whisky and single malts? This museum tells the tale of the Scot’s national drink including a fantastic – if somewhat – bizarre barrel ride.
Stockbridge Market – A sublime street market taking place every Sunday featuring plenty of food, art, and creative crafts. We loved especially the passion from these independent small traders.
Holyrood Palace – The famous 16th-century palace now the official residence of the British monarch in Scotland. Sign up for tours of royal reception rooms and see plenty of antiques and relics.
Edinburgh Castle – No trip to Edinburgh would be possible without gazing upon the 12th-century icon of the city. Utterly mesmerizing – this beautiful location has actually been the site of some of Scotland’s bloodiest conflicts.
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art – Art or trash? High fashion or poncy bullshit? It’s up to you to decide with this extensive modern art collection and outdoor sculpture park.
Explore Royal Mile – The historic thoroughfare, running through Edinburgh’s Old Town from the Castle to Holyrood. Filled with many of the cities most spectacular buildings you could wander for hours!
Select a gay bar, club, sauna, cafe or hotel from the map of gay Belfast above to find out more information about the Gay Belfast scene in the heart of Northern Ireland.
Belfast has one of the most vibrant gay scenes in the country, The Kremlin is one of the finest gay bars in Europe and the gay village offers something for everyone, from cafes, shops and even two gay saunas. Outside of the scene the city offers lots for tourists, including the world famous Titanic exhibition.
Gay Bars, Clubs, Saunas and Pride in Belfast City
Belfast’s gay scene is constantly growing… Amongst the most popular bars are The Kremlin on Donegal Street, Mynt, and Union Street bar. The Kremlin also offers late night clubbing on most nights of the week. The city boasts two gay saunas with The Pipeworks spanning over multiple levels and attracting a large crowd late in the evenings. The Outside sauna is less impressive but has a loyal crowd that enjoy special offers on regular occassions.
GAY BARS & CLUBS: The Kremlin,......Mynt Bar Club,....Union Street Bar
GAY BARS: Victoria's,.....Babu Bear Night,.....
GAY SAUNA: Pipeworks Sauna,.....Outside Sauna...
WHERE TO STAY: Jurys Inn.....Europa Hotel......Tara Lodge.....The Deers Head......Ten Square Hotel.....Merchant Hotel....Park Inn.
BELFAST GAY PRIDE
Belfast pride gets bigger every year, with thousands of of gays and lesbians marching on the Belfast Streets. The gay parade takes place between July and August every year. The parade begins and ends with a huge open air festival at Custom House Square. The 24th Annual Belfast Pride 2014 Parade and Party in the Square will take place on SATURDAY 2nd AUGUST 2014.
Tourist Attractions in Belfast City Don’t miss these highlights when you’re in Belfast…
Titantic Exhibition.....Ulster Museum.....Queens Film Theatre.....Lyric Theatre.
The Mac, Cultural Art Space with some of the coolest events taking place. Good spot for coffee and people watching.
Located on the south coast of Wales, Cardiff is a popular summer vacation destination. It's a compact city and the gay scene reflects the warm, small-town quality.
Cardiff also knows how to party, throwing the UK's biggest gay event of all: Cardiff Mardi Gras. Forty thousand people come to this summer event each year to see an eclectic array of live music and events centered around the city's oldest landmark, Cardiff Castle. Nightlife tends to be young and intimate, largely dominated by students from Cardiff's four universities. And most of the gay pubs and clubs can be found on Charles Street or in nearby Bute Terrace.
Cardiff is a great destination for outdoor enthusiasts and history buffs, too. The Centenary Walk combines these two hobbies seamlessly with a 2.2 mile walkway around the town that passes by over 40 historical landmarks. Cardiff is a highly walkable city even without this path, as most attractions are close to each other and signs for popular sights make navigation easy.
Cardiff and its surrounding areas feature lovely rivers and parks, just waiting to be explored--that is if you can pull yourself away from the friendly, fun LGBTQ scene for a short while.
GAY BARS: EAGLE, On the weekends, Eagle is a members only bar so you might as well join the club. There are many different theme night so check the website beforehand. Hunky Men
PULSE, Popular dance club A popular club with theme nights and lots of dancing
WOW Bar, Cabaret, Karaoke, and dancing. Cheeky hour runs from 4pm-9pm with a new cheap drink special each day.
GOLDEN CROSS PUB, The Golden Cross serves up the best of both worlds: the traditional pub (including the traditional home-cooked Sunday lunch) and gay bar (karaoke, cabaret and strippers). Laid back by day, this pub becomes a campy hotspot of entertainment every night
OZONE CAFE, This friendly little cafe specializes in healthy, local organic produce. A great place for a casual lunch, try one of their massive sandwiches or salads. Organic and healthy cafe
MINSKY'S SHOW BAR, Popular with theme nights and birthday bashes, Minsky's is kitschy fun. Entertainers such as Miss Kitty and Fanny Dazzle keep the flamboyance alive each weekend. During the week, Minsky's is known for its traditional pub fare and cheap cocktails.
ICON BAR, Though unapologetically a gay bar, you'll find a mixed crowd in this stylish pub during the week. There's more of a crowd on the weekends, as a people gather pre-club for cocktails, a bite to eat or to gawk at the boyishly handsome bar staff.
WHERE TO STAY: TY ROSA,Gay B&B with a personal touch....and THE BIG SLEEP Hotel.....CARDIFF MARRIOTT, Centrally-located mainstream hotel,..and MERCURE HOLLAND HOUSE HOTEL, Top notch hotel and spa in the center of Cardiff
GAY SAUNA: The Locker Room
The city has come a long way from its coal port city origins. Today, it's a charmingly cosmopolitan place to explore. Home to fascinating buildings like the Cardiff Bay Visitors Centre and the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff offers upscale dining, art galleries, and shopping. The bay is also an excellent place to explore the Bristol Channel by birdwatching along the Wetland Reserve, walking along one of the many docks, or taking a cruise down the Channel.
The heart of Liverpool's LGBT Community - The urban quarter that's quirky but cultured, diverse yet inclusive and vibrant in a uniquely Liverpool way!There is a vibrant night time economy of bars, pubs and clubs which cater for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGB&T) community; overlaid by local businesses of small retail outlets, offices and some residential properties catering to the wider community.
STANLEY STREET QUARTER, Stanley street does not have the atmosphere - or location - of Canal a Street in Manchester. Set in the city's bustling business quarter, it is a higgledy piggledy mix of offices, clubs and restaurants of varying quality and appeal.
GAY BARS & CLUBS: THE LISBON, Popular traditional gay pub......and.....GBAR Liverpool's busiest after-hours gay club
THE MASQUERADE Liverpool's friendliest gay bar.....and.....NAVY BAR Liverpool's "gay and gorgeous" bar
POSTE HOUSE, Small gay frequented bar with mix of all ages.....and.....SUPERSTAR BOUDOIR, Everyone's a superstar at the boudoir
GARLANDS, Superclub with good mix of gay/straight.....and.....HEAVEN, Trendy bar and club
BAA BAR, There’s a little bit of animal in all of us….and.....GIRLS GO DOWN, Liverpool's premier lesbian night
JUPITERS, Welcoming bar on edge of gay quarter.....and.....SHIVA, Gay but straight friendly
GAY SAUNA: Dolphin Sauna One of Britain's oldest gay saunas
WHERE TO STAY: EPSTEIN's GUEST HOUSE, Gay-friendly bed & breakfast outside city centre. Gay-friendly guest house set in the former home of Liverpool gay legend Brian Epstein's family. Beatles theme throughout the house. Situated a fifteen minute bus ride away from the city centre in the Anfield district of Liverpool, it's close to the city's two foot ...
PREMIER INN, Major hotel chain close to the Gay Quarter. Enjoy a good night's rest in this reasonably priced hotel. Only two minutes walk from the gay bars and clubs, you can forget finding a taxi after your drunken night out.
NOVOTEL, Amazing quality rooms at competitive prices, just ten minutes from the gay quarter and five minutes from the retail centre of Liverpool. City centre location with a restaurant, bar, and pool
HALLMARK INN, Gay friendly hotel about fifteen minutes walk from the city's gay quarter. Recently bought by Hallmark it's now an excellent wedding spot. Warm and tasteful hotel
INTERNATIONAL INN, Budget hostel accommodation in the heart of Liverpool. Very cheap hostel accommodation fifteen minute's walk from the gay quarter, and close to the city's two cathedrals. From £17 per person per night.
MALMAISON, Dazzling boutique hotel on Liverpool's famous waterfront and despite its size this hotel has a boutique feel that's superbly finished with a comfy, warming, welcoming decor and vibe. Perfectly suited for a business trip or luxury weekend break, this is a truly stu ...
Forget Concert Square, the true heart of Liverpool’s nightlife on Saturday night is located at the end of the rainbow: Stanley Street Quarter. It is where students, locals, drag queens and anything in between, come together to party the night away, in a place where everyone is welcome.
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