Living in London
Lesbian And Gay Life In London
London is considered one of the places with the largest lesbian and gay populations in the world. Lesbian and gay life in London has been made easier by the acceptance from the community and protection by the law. This however has not come on a silver plate as there was a lot of hate and discrimination to the lesbian and gay population in the early years. Their population however increased gradually and as per now, 5% or 400,000 people in the capital are gays according to the gay to z website.
London is considered as the gay capital of the United Kingdom judging from the number of their social, political and cultural group. Today, London is the home of the world’s most politically and economically powerful gay population.
It is only in London where you will get a diverse multitude of gays and lesbian from all over the world. Lesbian and gay life in London is further pampered by the presence of bars and pubs which warmly welcome both gays and lesbians. There are also villages and theaters specifically for them. Gay and lesbians population spreads across the whole of London from the central London areas of Soho, Vauxhall and Clapham to the south, Earl’s court, Hackey and Stoke Newington to the north.
As prove of peaceful coexistence between the straight, lesbian and gay life in London, there exists two well known both locally and worldwide gay villages:
- The Vauxhall gay village is not really a village as it is called. It is more of a collection of clubs for gays. The coming of the Royal Vauxhall Tavern marked the birth of the Vauxhall gay village. There later came the Crash, A:M and Orange all of them being gay clubs to form the village. Saunas were not left out as the Chariots represented them. Today, the Vauxhall gay village is a whole bundle of fun for the lesbians and gays in London.
- The gay Soho is a whole community of gays and lesbians. If you want to have a taste of lesbian and gay life in London then this is one of the places you should get to. It has the honor of hosting some of the best gay and lesbian clubs and pubs. This is also a place to mingle with other gays and lesbians and also have some of the best drag nights. The gay Soho “home of London’s gay scene as they put it” is really a safe haven for the gay and lesbians community.
Apart from the two villages one can pick up a whole lot of gay and lesbians fun from any corner of London. The Soho theatre and the Leicester square theatre are some of the gay and lesbian friendly theatres. Gay’s the world also represents a place where you can get dedicated gay and lesbian bookshop which stocks a variety of fiction, history and biography materials. For the ultimate fun you have to visit the gay and lesbians pubs and clubs.
In central London, we have quite a number of pubs serving both gays and lesbians. These include:
- Admiral Duncan whose address is 54 old Compton Street, Soho, W1D 4UB. You can take a glass of draught peroni, Stella, Carlsberg, carling or Heineken with some jukebox music in the background.
- Compton’s of Soho which is situated at 53 old Compton Street W1V 5PN. It has some good place for a date or a conversation.
- The Edge. Situated at 11 Soho square, Soho W1D 3QE.
- Escape bar situated at 10a Brewer Street, London, W1F OSE
- The freedom pub at 60-66 Wardour Street, London W1F OTA
- G-A-Y bar, found at 30 old Compton Street, W1D 4UR
- Halfway to heaven at 7 Duncannon Street, WC2N 4F
- Kings arms pub at23 Poland street, W1F 8QJ
- Ku pub at 30 Lisle Street WC2H 7BA
- The profile pub owned by the people behind the gaydar website. Situated at 84-86 Wardour street, W1F OTQ
- Quebec pub at 12 old Quebec Street, W1H 7AF.
- Retro bar situated at2 George court, Trafulgar square, WC2N 6HH
- Rupert street pub at 50 Rupert street, Soho, W1D 6DR
- The 79 CXR at 79 Charing cross road, WC2H ONE
- The shadow lounge at 5-7 Brewer street, W1F ORF
- Vault 139. A pub situated at 139b-143 Whitfield Street, W1T 5EN
- Village Soho at 81 Wardour Street, Soho W1D 6QD
- The yard at 57 Rupert Street, Soho, W1D 7PL
These are just a tip of the iceberg when it comes to gays and lesbians entertainment zones. There are also some other pubs in other areas that are there to increase the vibrancy of the lesbian and gay life in London.
For more information on lesbian and gay life in London you are advised to seek advice from different travel guides depending on the part of London you are wishing to travel to. I can promise that there is absolute fun for both lesbians and gays in each corner of London.