London has a vibrant gay scene with countless bars, clubs and events in just about every district of the city.

The nucleus of London's gay scene is undoubtedly Old Compton St and the surrounding area in Soho but over the last couple of years Vauxhall has seen a boom in Gay venues. You will find that many areas, particularly in Camden Town and Shoreditch, that straight bars will have a mixed clientele. To find out what is going on during your visit, you can check:

* qmagazine.com a weekly magazine that comprehensively covers the London gay scene with handy night by night listings available on-line and in print

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* Boyz Magazine which is published fortnightly and is freely available at most London gay venues, and contains listings of everything that is happening in all the major clubs in London and the South East.

Gay Pride is held every year in June with parade and street parties. The choice of places to go sometimes seem to be unmanageable.

* London Gay and Lesbian Switchboard. This voluntary service has been operating since1974 and as well as providing counselling they offer an incredibly thorough information service about Gay events, accommodation and businesses in London.