Times sure have changed since the writer Oscar Wilde first arrived in England’s capital in the 19th century. Today, LGBT globetrotters have no problem navigating and enjoying what is truly one of the world’s great gay meccas.
To get a historic overview of gay life in London (including, perhaps, a bit about Mr. Wilde), contact Centred, a community organization that offers a 90- minute guided walking tour of Soho on Sunday afternoons covering 300 years of LGBT history, including its effect on the arts, culture and politics.
There is no dearth of hotels in London that know how to serve the needs of LGBT travelers. Nearly all the international upscale brands are here, of course — such as Andaz London Liverpool Street, part of the Hyatt portfolio, which hosted a fundraising concert with the London Gay Men’s Chorus in June and also stages a quarterly burlesque night hosted by Joe Black, one of the city’s best-known drag performers.
London also excels when it comes to offering a diverse group of independent, LGBT-friendly hotels with various styles. The noteworthy options include Hazlitt’s, a boutique hotel set in the former home of 18th-century writer William Hazlitt and conveniently close to the gay scene; and The Soho Hotel, a luxurious, 91-room property with a bar, restaurant, gym, screening room and film club. One of the city’s newest options is Town Hall Hotel & Apartments, a stylish member of Design Hotels located in the East End. Other LGBT-friendly properties include the Amsterdam Hotel in Earls Court and the Church Street Hotel, a funky property with Latin American décor touches like bathroom tiles from Guadalajara and imported movie posters.
London’s vibrant nightlife offers plenty of excitement. Comptons, the oldest gay bar in Soho, remains a must-stop venue, featuring DJs every weekend. Also in Soho find the aptly named G-A-Y, a hot spot known for its great drink specials, available Sunday through Thursday every week. And in South London, The Two Brewers offers everything from dancing to cabaret-style shows.
London & Partners, the destination’s official promoter, maintains a helpful listing of LGBT travel information, including details about nightlife, hotels and the annual weeklong Pride in London festival, which takes place in June with a parade, performances and parties. If you’re planning on visiting during that event, it’s a good idea to book LGBT-popular hotels especially early so you don’t get shut out of the fun.
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Plan a célébration spéciale this holiday season with a stay at a historic French chateau in the Loire Valley. If pipers piping and dancers dancing are part of your dream holiday experience, set your compass for Château de Chambord, where 100 twinkling Christmas trees set a festive tone for Renaissance music and dancing, storytelling, performances, workshops, themed activities and more. Guests can sip mulled wine and nibble on sweet indulgences, or peruse the shops for authentic, artisanal Chambord products crafted from the estate’s own natural resources.
For the 12th consecutive year, Global Traveler recognizes the best of the best in the industry, naming 2022’s Airline of the Year and Hotel of the Year.
Awareness about fair and sustainable travel continues to grow around the globe, with travelers everywhere considering a destination’s eco-friendly options before visiting. As public consciousness for this important aspect of tourism strengthens, tourists also look beyond just ecotourism and delve deeper into types of travel that allow them to respect the local culture, interact with locals and distribute benefits fairly.
What a year 2022 has been for travel! It’s not an understatement to say travel rebounded and surged following the pandemic, and airlines, hotels, travel providers and more are ready and waiting to serve the masses returning to the beautiful art of traveling. As such, we celebrate and award those who do it best as we announce the 2022 winners of the GT Tested Reader Survey awards, our 19th year honoring the best of the best in the world of travel. Our countdown to year No. 20 begins now.