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April 19, 2015

An ideal day-trip from London offers castles, markets, and coastal villages.

A short drive from London is the English county of Kent.

Known as 'the garden of England' due to its concentration of orchards and crops, Kent is also an important gateway to Europe from the port of Dover. Due to its coastal position and strategic importance, the history of this region is fascinating.

Our first point of call was the village of Eastry.

Eastry was the location of one of the palaces of the Saxon kings when they ruled these lands in the 5th century, following the withdrawal of the Romans.

April 18, 2015

The Black Cap in Camden was closed without warning last week, and is significant for its drag and queer history

LGBTI people from across London came out in full force today (18 April 2015) to protest the closure of one of London’s most iconic queer venues.

The Black Cap, in Camden, was closed without warning on Sunday 12 April by pub company Faucet Inn.

It is currently unknown who purchased the venue, or for what reason. However, Faucet Inn had previously applied for planning permission to turn the famous drag club into luxury flats.

April 18, 2015

Life is too short for bad food

Nothing beats good food and we love trying out restaurants and bars around the world. Here are a few of our recent reviews:

April 18, 2015

Life is too short for bad food

Nothing beats good food and we love trying out restaurants and bars around the world. Here are a few of our recent reviews:

April 17, 2015

Britain's Got Talent hit act have released Don't Rain On My Parade and New York, New York

La Voix and the London Gay Big Band have released their first two singles.

The hit Britain's Got Talent act is following up last year's reality TV show success with contemporary arrangements of classics Don't Rain On My Parade and New York, New York.

'The women I adore to impersonate, such as Garland and Minnelli, all come from the era where you always sang with live music with full bands,' said La Voix.

'When I sing alongside the London Gay Big Band the energy and sheer volume they bring to any performance is second to none.'

April 17, 2015

At its annual Workplace Conference, Stonewall’s chief executive, Ruth Hunt, said that the organization’s Workplace Equality Index will now include questions about transgender equality

Stonewall’s 12th Workplace Conference took place in London today – and was the biggest in the event’s history.

Around 750 delegates turned up at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in Westminster – up from around 630 last year.

Stonewall, the UK’s leading LGBT advocacy group, carries out extensive work with businesses to ensure they are more diverse and inclusive with regard to LGBT staff and best practice policies.

April 16, 2015

Historic iconic venue, which featured in the film Pride, is at risk of closing

London gay bar Royal Vauxhall Tavern is at risk of closing due to its recent sale to property developers.

But celebs and stalwarts of the scene have come together to launch a campaign to help save the iconic venue.

It comes as the Black Cap in Camden, another notable London LGBTI venue, closed without notice last week.

Writer of Bafta-winning film Pride Stephen Beresford, who featured the RVT in his 2014 hit film, is calling on people to help save the bar. 

April 16, 2015

Historic iconic venue, which featured in the film Pride, is at risk of closing

London gay bar Royal Vauxhall Tavern is at risk of closing due to its recent sale to property developers.

But celebs and stalwarts of the scene have come together to launch a campaign to help save the iconic venue.

It comes as the Black Cap in Camden, another notable London LGBTI venue, closed without notice last week.

Writer of Bafta-winning film Pride Stephen Beresford, who featured the RVT in his 2014 hit film, is calling on people to help save the bar. 

April 16, 2015

Writer/director Tom Shkolnik has created an observational study of finding your way along the unfamiliar path of adulthood

Written and directed by Tom Shkolnik, The Comedian serves up a slice of London life as we follow the misfortunes of struggling comedian Ed (played by Edward Hogg).

Ed is trying to pay the bills with a job he detests, while failing to get his big break in stand-up comedy, and unsuccessfully juggling the affections of his house-mate Elisa (Elisa Lasowski) and his boyfriend Nathan (Nathan Stewart-Jarrett).

April 16, 2015

Writer/director Tom Shkolnik has created an observational study of finding your way along the unfamiliar path of adulthood

Written and directed by Tom Shkolnik, The Comedian serves up a slice of London life as we follow the misfortunes of struggling comedian Ed (played by Edward Hogg).

Ed is trying to pay the bills with a job he detests, while failing to get his big break in stand-up comedy, and unsuccessfully juggling the affections of his house-mate Elisa (Elisa Lasowski) and his boyfriend Nathan (Nathan Stewart-Jarrett).

April 15, 2015

One of the hottest UK comics chats to Gay Star News ahead of her run at the Soho Theatre, London

Catriona Knox is one of the most hilarious LGBTI comics working in the UK today.

She's battled the streets of Edinburgh for the fringe festival for years, leading to a sell-out, critically acclaimed run of her show Thinks She's Hard Enough in August 2014.

A character comedian, she is the star of BBC Radio 4’s Sketchorama and Mission Improbable among others, and is now bringing the show back for a short run in London.

GSN: Tell me about your shows at the Soho Theatre.

April 14, 2015

Traditional Italian desserts with inventive and exciting flavor combinations

Archer Street in Soho is one of London's surprisingly interesting streets.

In the midst of the theatres and creative industries, there is Jacob Kenedy's exciting Italian restaurant Bocca Di Lupo, and across the road is its dessert off-shoot Gelupo.

The gelato and sorbet menu changes regularly – my favorites include Fresh Mint Stracciatella; Ricotta & Sour Cherry; and the Caramel & Liquorice. 

April 14, 2015

Black coffee and a cinnamon bun is a great way to start your day.

On the south side of London's Thames River, between London Bridge and Tower Bridge, is Bermondsey Street.

Bermondsey Street is undoubtedly one of London's coolest streets – restaurants, cafes, galleries, and small businesses predominantly working in creative industries.

At the far end of Bermondsey Street is Bermondsey Square – they hold an antiques fair here each Friday, and a food market each Saturday.

April 14, 2015

Black coffee and a cinnamon bun is a great way to start your day.

On the south side of London's Thames River, between London Bridge and Tower Bridge, is Bermondsey Street.

Bermondsey Street is undoubtedly one of London's coolest streets – restaurants, cafes, galleries, and small businesses predominantly working in creative industries.

At the far end of Bermondsey Street is Bermondsey Square – they hold an antiques fair here each Friday, and a food market each Saturday.

April 14, 2015

Over 30,000 people called for visas to be denied to the 'gay cure' preachers invited to speak at the summit

A 'gay cure' convention scheduled to take place in London later this month is now cancelled.

Thousands protested over the Holy Sexuality Conference that was scheduled from 21-25 April, with three of the biggest 'ex-gay' advocates invited to come and preach dangerous 'therapies'.

Mike Carducci, Wayne Blakely and Danielle Harrison of the Coming Out Ministries were invited to speak by the Seventh Day Adventist Church, a conservative Christian organization.

Gay people had been specifically invited in order for them to 'overcome their sexual habits'.

April 14, 2015

Zukerman performed with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Christoph Koenig at London's Royal Festival Hall.

It had been a brilliant sunny Spring day and London's Southbank precinct was swarming with an excited after-work crowd, drinking, laughing, and making the most of the warm evening.

One of the best views along the Thames and across the city is from the sixth floor balcony of the Royal Festival Hall.

It was pretty much a sell-out crowd that was gathering for a performance by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Christoph Koenig.

April 14, 2015

 Soho is under siege – but this renowned French restaurant, with its opulent menu and spirited crowd, isn't going anywhere

L'Escargot, London's oldest French restaurant located in the heart of Soho, is a desert oasis; a fountain of fabulousness and class amid a sea of impersonal, overpriced fast food joints and dodgy Chinese restaurants.

Here, you'll find buzzing pre and post-theatre-goers dining in excellent spirits, tended to by gorgeously cute cocktail waiters (some of them occasional actors, and maybe future stars), while charismatic managers circulate, greeting this agent or that showbiz stalwart.

April 14, 2015

 Soho is under siege – but this renowned French restaurant, with its opulent menu and spirited crowd, isn't going anywhere

L'Escargot, London's oldest French restaurant located in the heart of Soho, is a desert oasis; a fountain of fabulousness and class amid a sea of impersonal, overpriced fast food joints and dodgy Chinese restaurants.

Here, you'll find buzzing pre and post-theatre-goers dining in excellent spirits, tended to by gorgeously cute cocktail waiters (some of them occasional actors, and maybe future stars), while charismatic managers circulate, greeting this agent or that showbiz stalwart.

April 13, 2015

The pub owners did not give a reason for closing the long-serving venue

A historic drag pub in Camden has been closed down by its owners without any advance warning. 

The Black Cap, one of London’s longest-serving drag and gay venues, was closed last night by its owners, pub company Faucet Inn; their reason for closing the pub is currently unknown.

In Januaray, Faucet Inn applied for planning permission for to turn the building's first, second and third floor into residential flats, but the application is listed as withdrawn. 

April 13, 2015

Micro Rainbow International secures funding through the European Union for a three-year project to help lift LGBTI people in Brazil out of poverty

Not-for-profit social enterprise Micro Rainbow International (MRI) has announced that is has received funding from the European Union for a three-year project to help alleviate poverty among the LGBTI communities in Brazil.

A proportion of the funding will be used to help LGBTI individuals set up their own businesses.

April 12, 2015

Probably the best falafel you will find in the UK capital

London's West End can sometimes feel a bit like a food wasteland, endless fast-food outlets and generic chain-store coffee and sandwich places, all designed to make it easy for visitors to the city to part with their money.

Gaby's Deli on Charing Cross Road, next-door to the Wyndham Theatre,  is a notable exception.

This small Jewish deli has been serving up great food for over 40 years.

April 12, 2015

Probably the best falafel you will find in the UK capital

London's West End can sometimes feel a bit like a food wasteland, endless fast-food outlets and generic chain-store coffee and sandwich places, all designed to make it easy for visitors to the city to part with their money.

Gaby's Deli on Charing Cross Road, next-door to the Wyndham Theatre,  is a notable exception.

This small Jewish deli has been serving up great food for over 40 years.

April 12, 2015

Arguably London's best destination for ice-cream and gelato

New Row in Covent Garden is one of London's coolest streets, and right in the heart of it is one of London's best ice-cream and gelato shops.

La Gelatiera only a small store, but it is serving up traditional italian gelato and mixing it up with some exciting and surprising flavors.

The gelato is made fresh each day in their in-store basement kitchen, and you can see them hard at work through the glass window in the shop floor.

April 12, 2015

If you are serious about your coffee then this is one of London's best

There are a huge range of coffee options in London, but if you are looking for more than just a big, foamy cup of hot flavored milk then you will most likely be a bit fussy about where you get your caffeine fix.

You will be searching for the independent cafes who are using quality beans and highly-trained staff to ensure that you are getting the kind of coffee experience that keeps you coming back again and again.