London is perfect for gays and lesbians craving the ultimate European experience. The gayest city in Europe, London is home to the largest gay and lesbian population on the continent. The only thing that stays underground in this tolerant city is the famous subway system, which you can ride to destinations throughout London where you'll be welcomed with open arms.
Gay London is the place for year-round gay events
The city hosts a number of gay events throughout the year, including June's Gay Pride London, July's Fetish Week and the BFI London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, held each spring. Plan your trip for Easter weekend and enjoy the busiest and craziest gay club scene of the year.
You simply must visit Soho
To find this hotbed of Gay London's best shops, restaurants, bakeries and sex shops, hit the West End and keep heading west, staying north of China Town. Soho's Wardour Street is full of these attractions and perfect for shopping. For a little excitement, take a walk down Old Compton Street. As Soho's main thoroughfare, Old Compton is the perfect place for cruising and has a reputation with the locals for being the scene of the occasional sexy rendezvous.
Be sure to visit Heaven while you're so close
Enjoy your day in Soho and then hop on the A400 for a 7-minute jaunt to Heaven, the hippest gay club in London. The epicenter of Gay London, Heaven is always full of hot bodies and off-the-hook entertainment. Weekends are always a blast, but don't overlook Monday's Popcorn! night where live DJs spin Top 40 tunes or Thursday's Porn Idol stripping contest.
Vauxhall is also great for a gay time, literally
The fun in Vauxhall happens after dark, but it's worth staying up for. Located south of the Thames, this nightlife paradise features lots of gay bars, dance clubs and saunas. Vauxhall is home to The Hoist, Horse Meat Disco and the Royal Vauxhall Tavern as well as the Chariots sauna. Pubs often close at 11:00 p.m., but many clubs in Gay London are open until the sun comes up, so night owls can enjoy an afternoon in Soho and spend the night partying in Vauxhall.