Originally settled by the Romans in AD 50, it has been a center for commerce, government and entertainment ever since. It has four World Heritage sites and many famous landmarks, including Big Ben, Tower Bridge, Buckingham Palace and the Tower of London. Served by five major airports, it has been a global tourist attraction for many years. The network of underground trains and buses is being upgraded and the new St. Pancras station is worth a visit as an attraction on its own.
It is ideal for a quick weekend visit or a longer stay, with musicals, plays, clubs, bars and classic pubs. For shoppaholics, it has every brand, every designer label – it is retail heaven for the wealthy and even the not-so-wealthy can find bargains – however, it can seriously damage your plastic! Hotels range from the Savoy through boutique hotels down to hostels and the classic ‘Bed and Breakfast’ places that are found throughout the city, many of which are very friendly to the GLBT community.
With new drinking laws, you can find somewhere to go out 24/7 and, despite the use of Internet for dating purposes, the LGBT scenes are vibrant and well-populated. Again, there is something for every taste, from cafés and small intimate bars to boots clubs and saunas. Buy a copy of Gay Times on your way in from the airport to check the current hot places.
+ points – busy, multi-cultural, open, friendly, almost too much to see and do.
- points – expensive, crowded, many tacky tourist traps and constant cctv surveillance due to security risks from terrorists.
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