Why you should go to London !

Straddling the River Thames, London is as much defined by its history as its status as one of the world's most modern, cultural, green and diverse cities.

The first major settlement (then known as Londinium) was founded in 43 AD and remained under Roman rule until the early 5th century when it became known as Lundewic and Anglo-Saxon territory. The rest is history, with London expanding well beyond its original medieval center to what is today Greater London and Europe's most visited destination.

London is not only respected for its top notch leisure, gastronomy and entertainment but also its culture of acceptance as an exceedingly LGBTQ-friendly city, with integration coupled with rising rents being the biggest threat to long-standing gay establishments.

Same sex marriage was legalized in 2014, and a competitive LGBTQ wedding services industry has since emerged, making London a great place for a gay wedding. The city is also popular with the younger LGBTQ set and is touted as the gay capital of the United Kingdom for ages 16 to 24, which means plenty of themed club nights and packed festivals.

So how to navigate this Greater London? Historically Soho has been the gay quarter with a large nightlife collection, but increased commercialisation of the area has meant a growing popularity of alternative and gay-friendly neighborhoods like Vauxhall, Hampstead, Clapham, Shoreditch, Stoke Newington, Bermondsey, Chiswick and Peckham.

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Getting around

London's public transportation system is one of the largest in the world, efficiently integrating bus, river and rail transport. The underground rail, called the Tube locally, is likely the quickest and easiest option. Check the Citymapper app with live updates on all forms of transport.

Driving around London can be difficult for first- or second-time visitors. Those needing to get behind the wheel on the right side of the car, however, will find a large selection of rental agencies at the airports or around town. Just remember to stay on the left side of the road and make sure you understand the congestion charges that apply when entering central London.

Santander Cycles is London's public bike sharing system, available 24 hours a day and seven days a week though one of the 700 docking stations across the city. There is a £2 bike access fee for the day, the first 30 minutes of each journey is free adding a £2 charge for each extra 30 minutes. Payment made by bankcard.
Tube and rail (DLR National Rail and Tram) - Tube is served by 12 lines and there is also an interconnected, local train network. Tubes run between 5 am and midnight during the week and 24-hours Friday and Saturday, with reduced hours on Sundays. There are nine travel zones. Zone 1 is in Central London and Zones 6 to 9 cater to the city outskirts . Buy an oyster card or use a contactless payment card to get the best value. Without an Oyster card, a single journey is £2.40, while the same journey with an Oyster is £1.40.
Buses are clean, hybrid, cool and a great way to see London. There are 52 night buses, 700 different routes and 7,000 scheduled buses in operation. The best way to navigate it is to use the tfl.gov.uk, and at every bus stop, there is a local map and digital count down. Although there is a set amount charged for single journeys, there is also a daily cap. A single journey costs £1.40 or a day pass is £4.80.

You have options in London, but Uber just might be your best bet because you can get an estimate from low cost to premium. Uber is cheaper than a taxi or a black cab (notoriously expensive), but try to avoid surge times. The Addison Lee car service is queer-friendly and a preferred local choice. Google and call the cab from your departure area, otherwise you will be charged additional for travel time.

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