A few weeks ago, I was watching a reality in British TV where B&B owners open their doors and take turns to host their rivals in order to see who has the best B&B. In that episode, there was a gay couple, owners of a gay B&B or a gay hotel in London. It came to my attention that in one of the B&Bs, when preparing the breakfast for their guests, the chef and owner of the place gave the plates to his wife indicating: “these are for Marie and Peter, these for Gemma and Rob and these are for the gays”.
We don’t want to judge if he tried to be offensive or if it was an innocent comment, but the fact is that a lot of people in the LGBT community prefer to go to places specialized in gay customers, in order to avoid any feeling of discrimination.
There are many gay-friendly and gay hotels in London, so in this article, we point some of these places where you will be addressed by your surname (or name) rather than by your sexual orientation.
In the heart of Soho, we can find the Hazlitts Hotel one of the most stylish gay hotels in London. The Hazlitts is not only surrounded by dozens of gay bars and restaurants, but it is also conveniently close to Oxford Street, some important museums such as the National Gallery and the Brittish Museum, and many of the most popular West End’s theatre allies. The building occupied by Hazlitts Hotel was once a gentlemen’s club back in the XVIII century. Once we step in, it feels like travelling in time. It has been one the favorite accommodations for many artists, actors, and writers during decades. In fact, many of the rooms have been named after these ancient celebrities. Could you imagine sleeping in the same room Jonathan Swift (Gulliver´s Travels author) did?
The Z hotel, also located in the Soho, is the perfect gay hotel in London for those willing to get the best service while also enjoying an impressively designed environment – and without paying a fortune for it. It is true that its rooms are not the biggest, but it offers the best run for your money. When leaving the Z Hotel, you can enjoy a never ending offer of gay bars and restaurants in the area. However, if you want to have some wine and cheese before discovering the London´s gayest neighbourhood, the Z will invite you every afternoon during its original happy hour.
BETTER THAN A BED
The West End is not only the neighborhood which hosts the Soho, but also an area with plenty of offices, first-class retail shops and stunning buildings built during the nineteenth century. Besides, it hosts one of the most peculiar gay hotels in London. Better Than A Bed is actually an apartment you can rent to have fun. It counts with all the naughtiest toys an adult needs to explore entertainment in many ways, and as such, there is no better place for fetishists.
Fitz B&B is only a five-minute walk away from Oxford Street and the Soho, and is a much cheaper option compared to the other gay hotels in London. This Bed and Breakfast is very well located, offering a correct service and a cozy atmosphere. It is also conveniently close to Goodge Street tube station, where you can get on a train to Camden and be in one of the most famous markets in the world in just 5 minutes.
Close to Russell square and to the British Museum, the George Hotel offers one of the most affordable gay accommodations around the city center. It might not be the most fashionable or trendiest gay hotel in London, but its rooms are nice and clean, it offers a free Wi-Fi connection and… Guests can have as much English breakfast as they like!