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March 14, 2015

One of London's busiest train stations has some great restaurants right on its doorstep.

One of the dilemmas of living in London is that the city is so big that you can never know it all. You get to know the area where you live, the area where you work, your favorite hangouts in different places, but if for some reason you find yourself in a part of town where you don't normally go, it's almost being dropped in a completely different city with no point of reference and no familiar landmarks.

March 8, 2015

A cold-water swim kicks off birthday celebrations in London

A mild Spring day in London and I was up (relatively) early to get to the Parliament Hill ponds in Hampstead Heath.

It was my friend Dan's 30th birthday. He is a mad keen swimmer so had decided to kick-start celebrations with a swim in the men's pond at Parliament Hill. 

March 5, 2015

 Dance music icon just one of the huge names performing at festival

Dance music icon Fatboy Slim will perform at this year's Brighton Pride, for the LGBTI festival's 25th anniversary, it's been confirmed.

The Brighton-residing DJ, also known as Norman Cook, is just one of the big names lined up for this year's installment, with another to be released tomorrow.

The star, known for hits such as Praise You and Right Here, Right Now, will take to the stage in the Wild Fruit Dance Big Top tent in Preston Park on the Saturday. 

March 5, 2015

Real Love singer and Fatboy Slim slated for LGBTI festival

Pop star of the moment Jess Glynne has been confirmed as a performer at this year's Brighton Pride.

The Real Love singer will be performing at the festival's main stage in Preston Park for the celebration, which takes place on Saturday 1 August.

Jess won a Grammy earlier this year for work on the Clean Bandit number one single Rather Be. Her other hits include Right Here and My Love.

She joins an array of performers slated for this year's festival – including the iconic Fatboy Slim (Norman Cook).

March 3, 2015

Soul singer Dionne Bromfield will also be performing at event on 14 May

Details of this year's Manchester Spring Benefit have been revealed – and the line up includes boyband Jack Pack and soul singer Dionne Bromfield, with actor Andrew Hayden-Smith hosting.

Jack Pack came to national attention after their appearance on last year's series of Britain's Got Talent before being signed to Syco; meanwhile Andrew Hayden-Smith was recently seen on gay E4 drama Banana.

The Benefit, which raises money for the Manchester Pride Community Fund, will be held on Thursday 14 May at The Monastery.

March 3, 2015

Beachside town braces itself for an influx of flesh

The Brighton Bear Weekender will be returning to the famous UK beachside town this summer, from 19-21 June 2015.

February 11, 2015

In a special event to mark LGBT History Month, author Peter Dobson discussed his new biography of one of London's iconic gay artists.

Stepney, in the London borough of Tower Hamlets, is perhaps not an obvious place to be marking LGBT History Month, but this is the neighbourhood where Cornelius McCarthy lived and worked.

Born in Stepney in 1935, McCarthy grew up here in East London. Although he travelled extensively and eventually moved to East Anglia, it was clear that he never forgot his links with Stepney, it's historic buildings, and its people.

January 15, 2015

Cotswolds-style farmhouse meets French-style chateau in South West England stopover

Author Sinclair Lewis famously once described winter as less of a season and more of an ‘occupation’. Unfortunately that occupation – at least in January once the warm glow of Christmas has faded – often involves nothing more than willing longer, warmer days to arrive as quickly as possible. An ideal time, then, for a warming post-Christmas retreat – and the Old Manor Hotel in Wiltshire was the perfect place to escape.

January 11, 2015

We tackle the hard questions and bring you the highlights of day 3 of London Collections: Men

The sun was shining for the start of day three of London Collections: Men. Fuelled up on coffee, I was channelling my inner Miranda Priestly and ready to be impressed by what AW15 had waiting for the fashion world.

January 10, 2015

London Collections: Men continues and we bring you the highlights of day two.

It was cold, wet, and grey with a blustery wind as the city’s followers of fashion faced into day two of London Collections: Men.

January 9, 2015

Get the full London cosmopolitan experience with a stay at this epically-located hotel

Hotels in blockbuster cities ought to provide an escape from the hustle and bustle, while emphasizing a sense of awe and wonder – more often than not, though, said hotels are busy, cramped, overpriced and create a whirlwind of stress akin to the one you were trying to escape.

December 9, 2014

Menswear will be in the spotlight as the fashion world parties in the UK capital

January can sometimes be a bleak time to visit London – with the excitement of Christmas behind us, the depths of an English winter often promises little more than endless weeks of cold weather and dark nights.

However one of the things that gets Londoners buzzing is fashion, and from 9-12 January 2015, the British Fashion Council will be presenting London Collections: Men.

December 4, 2014

Gang of 15 beat one man unconscious in the anti-gay attack

A man and a woman have been arrested in connection to what police describe as a 'homophobically aggravated assault' in Manchester.

Jean Claude Manseau, 25, was beaten unconscious by a gang of 15 people after singing songs from the musical Wicked on the city's tram system on 1 November.

His friend, Jake Heaton, was also punched in the back of the head but managed to run for help.

November 5, 2014

Two men were beaten up for singing songs from the musical Wicked

An LGBTI choir will perform on Manchester's trams to 'reclaim the city' after two gay men who were attacked last weekend.

Jean Claude Manseau, 25, and Jake Heaton, 19, were beaten up by a gang of 15 men after singing songs from the musical Wicked on the Metrolink.

October 2, 2014

Local police have now agreed to work together in order to try and put a stop to the hellish campaign

A 53-year-old man from Northamptonshire is in police custody over the leaflets branding gay people 'worthy of death' in Chester earlier this week.

The leaflets, distributed in several UK towns and cities about to host Pride events, describe homosexuality as 'not natural' and 'part of the same moral degradation as...pedophilia.'

Some eyewitnesses of the person or people giving out the leaflets say they are being handed out dressed in a 'mysterious monk' outfit.

September 25, 2014

Jane Fae takes on web filters, calling out the UK government for using a filtering system that does not comply with UK equality law

Pride, the film of how lesbian and gay activists gave support to the striking miners in 1984/5, may be a hit at the box office.

It is not quite such a hit with Hertfordshire Council, a county north of London, whose public Wi-Fi filters have deemed a Wikipedia page detailing the history of this campaign is 'adult content' and as such in breach of their conditions of use.

July 21, 2014

George Montague, in his 90s, was famously spotted driving his mobility scooter at 2009’s Brighton Pride

David Cameron has written a letter to congratulate the ‘oldest gay in the village’.

The affectionate moniker is George Montague’s, who was famously spotted driving his mobility scooter at 2009’s Brighton Pride.

In his 90s, he is one of the UK city’s most famous and loved citizens.

Montague sent the Prime Minister a copy of his new book, The Oldest Gay In The Village, to read.

July 12, 2014

UK city prepares for pride celebrations as special wristbands go on sale for their legendary street celebrations at the heart of the weekend

As Brighton Pride 2014 draws nearer, organizers are encouraging people to buy their new pledgebands to ensure they can enjoy the celebrations.

Due the popularity of Brighton Pride, as the UK seaside town is not only a LGBTI hotspot but also a cultural melting pot and summer destination, organizers have introduced a pledgeband, like a wristband, for revellers to buy for the weekend.

July 9, 2014

The 26-year-olds are alleged to have pretended to be young hot men on the gay dating app and then tried to get thousands of pounds from the men who got contact with them

Two British men are being accused of trying to blackmail gay men on Grindr.

Nathanael Foster and Adam Webb, both from Gloucester in South West England, have been charged with two counts of blackmail.

The 26-year-olds pretended to be young hot men on the gay dating app and then tried to get thousands of pounds from the men who got in contact with them, it was alleged at Gloucester Crown Court.

June 26, 2014

2014's theme for Pride In London is #FreedomTo, celebrating the new-found rights and protections given to us this year

Three months ago, gay couples in England and Wales were allowed to walk down the aisle and get married.

But while LGBTI Londoners may have more rights than ever, this is not the time to get lazy.

After all, reports of homophobic crime are up since last year.

In the few weeks alone, a 23-year-old gay man was sprayed with ammonia outside a nightclub in Vauxhall.

June 24, 2014

If you live in the UK capital, see where your area fits in and whether there has been more or less crime

Shocking figures have revealed the levels of homophobic crime for each London borough.

In the few weeks alone, a 23-year-old gay man was sprayed with ammonia outside a nightclub in Vauxhall.

And a 23-year-old fashion journalist was left unconscious after he and his partner were beaten up at a cashpoint in Whitechapel.

There were 1,185 crimes across London from May 2013 to May 2014, compared to 1,109 from the previous year.

City hall says London mayor Boris Johnson is working on a new strategy to cut homophobic attacks.

June 19, 2014

Fuzzies and their lovers head to the UK’s gay mecca on the coast for a weekend of boogies in the disco and picnics in the park

It’s only 'Fursday', but we’ve already got the weekend on the mind, and this one in particular.

In the British coastal town of Brighton, a slew of parties and events will be hosted for bears, cubs, otters, wolves and whatever other animal classification are out there for furry, burly gay men (and their admirers).

They’re calling it the Brighton Bear Weekender.

This year’s Bear Weekender will run from Friday 20 to Sunday 22 June 2014.

The events will include:

June 9, 2014

Police are appealing for help to find one man and two women in connection with a homophobic attack in Vauxhall

A London man who was sprayed with bleach in an anti-gay attack may never see again.

The clubber, 23, is one of three victims attacked by a concentrated ammonia solution in premeditated attacks at around 4am yesterday.

Police are asking for people to look at CCTV images of a bearded man and two younger women who they would like to identify in connection with the attacks.

It happened outside Lightbox club in South Lambeth Place, Vauxhall – an area south of the River Thames in the UK capital, popular with gay clubbers.

June 9, 2014

Heather Peace, who opened the crossing, said she wanted it to be a 'beautiful symbol during LGBT Pride month'

Brighton is being given a bold makeover as Europe’s first official ‘rainbow crossing’ was unveiled to celebrate Pride.

Created by local artists overnight, the rainbow stretches across the road at the artists’ quarter of Madeira Drive.

Hundreds are expected to visit the crossing. Even though the council supported the rainbow walk, it will be closed within a week.

Brighton Pride will take place on 2 August.

Due to government regulations, the police have also warned the public that it should not be considered an official road crossing.