What London locals have to say...
At London Gay Man, we firmly believe that London has something to offer everyone! Whether you're gay or straight, 60 or 16, outgoing or quiet, you will always find something to do, see or eat in England's capital.
We teamed up with a selection of people living in London from all types of backgrounds to see what they enjoyed doing in the hectic world of London. Have a look below to find out what our London Locals suggest:
Mark, 21, Student
As a gay man, Soho is definitely where the party is at! Every night, the streets are buzzing with tourists and locals alike. My favourite bar has to be Balans on Old Compton Street. Apart from the fact that it's always full of gorgeous gay men, the service is impeccable and their two for one offer on cocktails has me coming back night after night!
The great thing about London's gay scene is that it truly does cater for everyone. Gay bars, pubs, saunas, darkrooms (!) – London's diverse crowd means that no one is left out. Although, if a good night out on the tiles is what you're after, Heaven is the place to be seen. Good music, fit topless gay men galore and cheap(ish) drinks secures Heaven as one of the best gay clubs London has to offer.
Luke, 39, Investment Banker
Life in London is hectic; there is no doubt about it. I live with my partner in Kensington and work in central London in the investment banking industry. As work tends to take over our lives, we try to do things together on a regular basis. Our one golden rule is no talking about work, which is difficult, but keeps us from going insane. Our passion is art galleries and we are always on the lookout for new openings and displays. No matter where we go in London though, the National Gallery at Trafalgar Square cannot be beaten. On the weekend, we love to wander around the gallery taking in all of the beautiful Western European paintings. Afterwards, there is nothing better than to walk down to the river and have a romantic cuddle before heading home. It's because of those moments that I wouldn't live anywhere else but in London. Although Monday always seems to come around too quickly and it's back to the grindstone!
Django, 27, Bar Steward
Originally from Paris, I came to London on holiday last year and fell in love with the place. Two months later, I packed my bags and moved here, and I haven't looked back. Although Londoners have a reputation for being cold towards foreigners, I have to say that I have had a welcoming reception from day one.
My favourite area of London has definitely got to be Shoreditch and Old Street. Most nights after work I head there with my girlfriends and sample the many bars that line the streets. Vibe Bar is always a good venue if you're looking for London's trendy crowd. Every weekend they have a barbeque with great, affordable food. If you're stuck for ideas for a night out, I would certainly recommend Shoreditch!