Brighton is known as Britain’s unofficial gay capital, claiming the country’s highest proportion of same-sex households. The city is famous for its open attitude, its vivacious nightlife and of course its Brighton Pride extravaganza - an annual summer gay festival that usually runs for an entire weekend. With all of this on offer, it makes perfect sense that there is a larger than life Brighton gay scene to discover.
In the 19th and early 20th centuries, Brighton became a clandestine destination for the LGBTQ community and in the 1930s, the city started to flourish as a gay haven. Whispers of Brighton’s unique diversions, as well a its special pleasures, helped turn it into a gay destination in the post-war years. Just over 90 minutes by train from London, Brighton is a great gay alternative to visit in the UK. Whether you are looking for a week-long gaycation with your boyfriend, or you're simply craving a gay weekend getaway with some friends, Brighton is a cinch to visit.
You’ll find the whole city to be LGBTQ-friendly, but if you’re looking to experience gay Brighton at its best, make a beeline for Kemptown which is the bustling heart of the local LGBT community. The many gay bars, gay saunas, and gay clubs make Kemptown a popular gay area in Brighton for any type of traveler. The heart of Kemptown is St. James's Street, which is unmissable thanks the the series of rainbow flags adorning the street. Along with its many gay venues, St. James's Street is also home to several vintage, antique and vinyl shops.
Brighton is on the coast after all, so on a beautiful day head on over to the Official Nudist Beach near Brighton Marina. This is the de facto gay beach because of its popularity with members of the gay and lesbian community. Enjoy some sun at this gay beach and work on your tan in preparation for your night of gay clubbing after. In terms of dancing, The Basement Club is one of Brighton's top gay venues for late-night partying. Alternatively, if you would like to cruise, head to gay cruising bar, Subline, which also offers special theme nights.
Brighton Pride is arguably the UK’s biggest gay pride festival gathering over 170,000 lesbian/gay/bisexual party enthusiasts annually. Brighton Pride consists of various events including a huge party in the gay village, a dog show and a film festival. Along with the Pride Parade, there is also an incredible Pride Festival which takes place in Preston Park. The festival’s aim is to celebrate pride with purpose, raising awareness and funds to support local charities and communities. So being a part of the Brighton Pride means celebrating your queer spirit and partying for a good cause both at the same time.
If you are looking for a seaside resort with an LGBTQ difference in the UK, head south to Brighton and Hove, and experience your pride. With plenty of misterb&b apartments and gay hotels in Brighton, finding the perfect gay accommodation here is also a breeze.