London Gay and Lesbian Vacations
Your gay London vacation
From Edward II to Oscar Wilde to Virginia Woolf, gays and London have always gone hand in hand. And London is once again in top form as a spellbinding, modern, international capital of culture and fashion, just as it was in its 1960s heyday. Its LGBT scene is massive and is a challenge to tackle in just one trip. Let Orbitz lead the way to your next gay London vacation.
LGBT-welcoming London hotels
A modern classic within a charming 1914 Edwardian heritage property, Chancery Court Hotel, London has 303 well-appointed and exceptionally spacious rooms and suites, an award-winning spa, the glamorous Pearl Restaurant, a central courtyard and comprehensive conference and banqueting facilities. This five-star Holborn... More
London, United Kingdom
Rate includes breakfast
Frequented by royalty, celebrities and business leaders since its opening in 1929, the historic Grosvenor House became a JW Marriott Hotel in September 2008 at the culmination of its restoration. However, our Marriott hotel's London accommodations still continue its time-honoured tradition of the exceptional style,... More
ME London is just moments away from Covent Garden, the River Thames and Trafalgar Square. Overlooking Somerset House the hotel is ideally located for the bright lights of the West End, and is the place to see and be seen during Fashion Week. Superstar design practice Foster + Partners (founded by Lord Norman Foster... More
London, United Kingdom
Rate includes breakfast
The St Pancras Renaissance is a London icon & a model of modern hospitality. Behind the fairytale façade that Sir George Gilbert Scott fashioned for the Midland Grand is a 5-star London hotel like no other – one that mingles Victorian splendour with contemporary style and service. Step inside the spectacular glazed... More
Best in Stay
LGBT Best in Stay London hotels
A haven of tranquility in the heart of London's Theater DistrictPampered tranquility in the heart of the city is the essence of the Cavendish London, whose contemporary rooms offer some of London's most enviable views. Rooms are full-featured and include every modern amenity, including a flat-screen LCD television, Wi-Fi... More
Regal residence in the heart of London Located directly across from Buckingham Palace, The Rubens at the Palace offers guest a regal experience in London. Guests can watch palace guardsmen from the windows, or take a walk around London. Guests can explore Sloane Street, Oxford Street and King's Road for the ultimate... More
British grandeur in the heart of Knightsbridge Little touches such as a complimentary glass of champagne on arrival, fresh fruit in the room and a personalized welcome card make each guest feel comfortable and at home in Egerton House Hotel. High quality service is at the top of the list at this hotel. It is also located... More
London, United Kingdom
Free drinks at the Bar and delicious Cream Tea
Intimate luxury and indulgence in a boutique Knightsbridge hotel The Beaufort, just steps away from Harrods and Harvey Nichols, in Knightsbridge is a pristine presentation of intimacy and luxury, an idyllic hideaway whose polished staff lavish the hotel's discerning guests with first-class service and attention. A... More
This stunning hidden treasure located opposite the Royal News boasts comfort and sophistication with a hotel that provides all the amenities a person could ask for and more. The decor supplies an environment that is perfect for business and ideal for leisure. Whether its business or leisure the private club style gives... More
Timeless glamour with a modern flavor in LondonEntering the hotel feels like stepping into an old movie where whitewashed walls and old English-style streetlights adorn the entrance. The Montague on the Gardens highlights grandeur with royal reds and golden fixtures in the lobby. Guests enjoy the seclusion and ambience... More
|Los Angeles||London||Wed, May 29 - Wed, Jun 12||$1,284|
|New York||London||Sun, May 26 - Sun, Jun 2||$996|
|Boston||London||Sun, Jun 2 - Thu, Jun 6||$911|
|San Francisco||London||Mon, May 27 - Wed, Jun 12||$1,284|
|Newark||London||Tue, Jun 4 - Tue, Jun 18||$1,078|
|Washington DC||London||Tue, Jul 9 - Fri, Jul 26||$989|
|Seattle||London||Thu, May 30 - Thu, Jun 13||$1,592|
|Chicago||London||Wed, May 29 - Thu, Jun 6||$1,217|
|Miami||London||Tue, Jul 16 - Thu, Jul 25||$1,214|
|Toronto||London||Tue, Jun 11 - Thu, Jun 20||$884|
|Minneapolis||London||Thu, May 30 - Thu, Jun 20||$1,365|
|Portland||London||Thu, Jun 6 - Thu, Jun 13||$1,378|
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The newest gay section of London is Vauxhall, with lines of bars, discos, cafes and saunas standing out and proud. Most gay travelers make their home base near Soho, which is a good choice since it's not only close to the nightlife, but also to landmarks like Covent Garden, Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus.
The lesbian scene
Other neighborhoods where lesbian and gay Londoners live include North East London's Islington and Stoke Newington areas, Camden and Hampstead in North London, and Brixton and Clapham in South London. The lesbian scene in London is particularly well developed, with a number of venues and lots of women's nights at various establishments.
Cultural highlights are found in the London's Riverside districts, where you'll find Shakespeare's Globe, the vast Tate Modern museum and the London Eye Ferris wheel. And don't forget the old standards: Buckingham Palace, the world-famous artifacts in the British Museum, the gruesome history in the Tower of London, and the royal tombs of Westminster Abbey.
Gay events season
Late June is when Pride attracts nearly half a million revelers in one of Europe's largest gay and lesbian festivals, with a parade that snakes its way directly through Piccadilly Circus and Trafalgar Square. Come in 2012, when London will host WorldPride, and in early April the British Film Institute helps organize the impressive London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival.
Insider tips for London gay travel
Most U.S. flights land in either Gatwick or Heathrow airports. Heathrow is on the London Underground "Tube" system, making your entry into London a little easier. Taxis to London from Gatwick are pricey, although there is a surface train.
Don't count on the Tube when you're out late
London's subway system stops running around midnight most of the time. But thousands of night buses work the streets at all hours.
Look to TimeOut
The authority for LGBT London is the weekly magazine TimeOut, which lists hundreds of LGBT parties, events, shows and venues.