London, The British capital is perfect for a weekend escape. The temperature is never very high, but the city atmosphere is boiling! Its unique style, its cosmopolitan population, its unbridled artistic culture and its two gay neighborhoods (Vauxhall and Soho) make London a worldwide gay capital.
The city of London is one of the most expensive in the world, so transport can be costly in terms of time and money. Take advantage of the public transport, the Tube (London Underground) or the famous double decker buses, and still less expensive (if you buy the Oyster Card) and practical.
Vauxhall is more eccentric and underground, with the London gay scene being more concentrated in Soho. Located in the West End, Soho forms a square connecting four Metro stations: Oxford Circus, Tottenham Court Road, Leicester Square, and Piccadilly Circus. Old Compton Street is where all the gay action happens.
The first brothel in the city opened its doors in Soho, and has maintained its sexual reputation with sex shops such as Prowler (5-7 Brewer St) which is the biggest gay sex shop in the country. The neighborhood is also full of many vintage shops. The English are not known for their culinary skills, but Balans is a gay restaurant that pleases everyone with an international menu (60 Old Compton Street). The advantage of London is that you can find something to drink rather cheap as most bars offer Happy Hours. There is usually some event or theme each night, and most gay bars london and clubs are open everyday of the week.
The most popular bars are Ku Bar (25 Frith Street and 30 Lisle Street) where servers are topless. The Edge is spread over 4 floors with a restaurant and a club (11 soho square).Comptons of Soho is one of the oldest and most frequented bars, and has become a regular institution (51-53 Compton Street).
The most well known is G-A-Y Bar (30 Old Compton street), and often attracts a younger crowd. Flyers are generally given out at the exit, promoting G-A-Y Late, the afterhours place (5 Goslett Yard). Lady Gaga recently made a surprise appearance!
The most popular club is Heaven (under the arches, Villiers Street). It almost exclusively attracts a gay crowd and the atmosphere is always alive!