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Queer Friendly Places in London

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It’s Pride Month, summer is here, exam season is slowly coming to an end… What better time to get out there and explore all the cool venues and events London has to offer? We have compiled a list of some great, queer-friendly spots in London – whether you want to learn about culture and history, support an independent bookstore, or gear up for some dancing, you will be sure to find something interesting. 

Gay’s the Word (Bloomsbury)

This independent Bloomsbury bookshop is the oldest LGBT bookshop in the UK, and has been used as a spot for community organizing and political activism for over four decades. Offering a huge range of LGBT literature, poetry and nonfiction, as well as an amazing and rich history, this spot should definitely be on your radar. 

Above the Stag Theatre (Vauxhall) 

The only theatre production company in the UK that offers year-round programs of LGBT theatre, this venue comprises a 100-seat main house, a 70-seat cabaret lounge and a bar. Make sure you keep an eye on their programme so you can get tickets to your favourite pieces!

Royal Vauxhall Tavern (Vauxhall) 

This is one of London’s oldest and most iconic surviving LGBT venues, having been around since the 1860’s. In addition to their iconic Saturday club night Duckie, this venue also regularly hosts emerging and well-known performers, themed club nights, open mic nights and community events. Make sure to read up on all the legendary performers and activists that have gathered here over the years – it will make your visit even more special!

She Bar (Soho) 

Located in the basement space underneath Little Ku in Soho, this spot is London’s only lesbian bar. Is one lesbian bar for all of London quite a sad state of affairs? Sure, but She is cool, cosy, and in an amazing location – just remember, it fills up fast!

Queer Britain (King’s Cross)

This is a brand-new LGBT-focused museum, opened in honour of the 50th anniversary of the UK’s first Pride March. Entry is free, and you get to explore many different facets of LGBT culture and history through a variety of changing exhibitions – definitely worth a visit.  

LGBT tours at various London museums and neighbourhoods

London has a long and rich history of LGBT culture, art and history – and there is no better way to explore all of it than through some LGBT-themed guided tours! These tours usually take place on specific days, with new dates added on a rolling basis, so it’s best to do a bit of research (especially if there are any particular areas, themes or museums you’re interested in!) so you can stay up-to-date on when the next tours will be held and where.


Blog written by Gerda Kovacs.

Gerda works as an Advice Assistant at the LSESU Advice Service.



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