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May 28, 2015

Great coffee. Great sandwiches. Great neighborhood.

Guarding the southern end of London's Bermondsey Street you will find Watch House Coffee – occupying a small, old building that seems to have been the gate-house to the surrounding cemetery.

They do good coffee and great sandwiches. They're not made on-site, so if you get there too late at lunchtime then all the good ones will have gone.

My favorite is the chorizo and manchego. Tasty.

May 25, 2015

Live like a local in the neighborhood of Republique

Each year in Paris the Federation Sportive Gaie et Lesbienne hosts the Tournoi International de Paris. This is a massive multi-sports tournament that brings together LGBTI sportspeople and participants from across Europe and beyond.

May 21, 2015

Gay Star News goes front row for the graduation show from the design students of London's University of Westminster.

It was a big, excited crowd that gathered in a cavernous basement carpark beneath London's University of Westminster  for the graduation show from its Fashion Design students.

Seventeen young designers presenting their collections in one fast-paced, slick, and professional show.

Here's how we saw it.

Chloe McGeehan

A womenswear collection that featured bold colours; loose structure; and lots of volume.

May 20, 2015

Gay Star News is looking good and feeling great after these non-surgical fat-burning procedures

Having an older boyfriend does have one downside. He is only four and half years ahead of me but when we meet new people the dreaded age question often comes up – and not in the way you’d expect.

With my boyfriend’s naturally blond, surfer boy hair and bright blue eyes, everyone is amazed he is 40. ‘No, you can’t be,’ they say, their eyes darting all over his face, ‘you look 29 or 30.’

Then they look me up and down and invariably add: ‘You look much older than him.’

My inner diva is screaming and wanting to throw my drink over them.

May 19, 2015

The UK premier of French choreographer's new work: Manger

French choreographer and dancer Boris Charmatz is the focus of a collaboration between Sadler's Wells theatre and Tate Modern museum in London.

Charmatz is director of the Musée de la danse in Rennes, France. He specialises in creating or using different physical spaces to present and redefine choreography and dance.

May 18, 2015

A beautiful city that is embracing its past and creating its own future

In the heart of Belgium you will find the city of Mons. Crowned as the European Capital of Culture for 2015, if you ever needed a nudge to visit this part of the world then this is it.

May 17, 2015

80,000 turn out for climactic day of Belgian Pride

There are lots of reasons to visit Brussels – its architecture; its restaurants; its nightlife – but for this visit I was here to experience Belgian Pride 2015, the LGBTI festival known as Pride.Be.

It was clear that the city was enthusiastically embracing the event. The facades of the stunning buildings that surround the Grand Place were awash with rainbow light projections, and there were rainbow flags and banners at every turn.

May 13, 2015

The Royal Shakespeare Company presents Arthur Miller's classic American play

Widely acknowledged as one of the best American plays of the 20th century, Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman has been revived by the Royal Shakespeare Company as part of the centenary celebrations of Miller's birth.

Written in 1949 and set in Brooklyn, Death of a Salesman is an extraordinary exploration of the 'American dream', a period piece that captures the rapidly changing nature of family and society in the post-war period.

May 12, 2015

The ideal spot for a meeting in mid-town

The Delaunay is a beautiful brasserie restaurant in the style and tradition of old Europe, but if you're looking for something a bit quicker and more informal then The Counter is hard to beat.

Great coffee, great selection of food, and free wifi – this is a great place for a relaxed meeting over coffee and the mid-town location (a short walk from Holborn tube) makes it central and convenient.

I was there recently and grabbed a schnitzel sandwich to keep me going in between appointments. 

May 11, 2015

Gay Star News will be reporting live from pride events in London, Brighton, Manchester, and Birmingham

Gay Star News loves UK Pride season. Every year we distribute thousands of branded tote bags full of goodies for our clients, report live on all of the action and ensure that our readers are always up to date with what's happening.

In 2015 we are again working as media partners with the UK's four biggest LGBTI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex) events happening over the summer of 2015.

May 11, 2015

Manhattan style in London's inner-east

The Ace Hotel is one of the coolest spots to stay in London's hipster-ville neighborhood of Shoreditch, and its restaurant – Hoi Polloi – is one of the city's best brunch options.

A big, open space; relaxed and friendly service that is still professional and efficient, and a menu so good that it makes it hard to choose what to have.

May 11, 2015

A small but perfectly formed cafe on the edge of the old market

On the edge of the old Spitalfields Market in London you'll find the small but perfectly formed cafe that is Verde & Company Ltd.

In a city that sometimes seems awash with generic coffee chains and bland cafes, Verde & Company Ltd is small, quirky, unique, and (most importantly) really good.

We sat outside in the sun and drank really good coffee while snacking on a homemade Bakewell tart.

Perfection.

May 10, 2015

Queer Lisboa presents a comprehensive celebration of 18 years of its International Queer Film Festival

2015 will be the 19th International Queer Film Festival presented by Queer Lisboa and to mark the occasion they have published a comprehensive guide to Queer Film And Culture.

The publication, edited by António Fernando Cascais and João Ferreira, brings together a set of academic essays, reviews, and discussions, all exploring the queer film and culture that has been showcased during the 18 years of Festival.

All content is presented in both Portuguese and English.

May 10, 2015

Raw fish done right.

I was meeting my cousin Nick for a quick bite to eat before seeing a show at The Barbican.

Pham Sushi in nearby Whitecross Street is an old favorite.

A simple restaurant where the focus is firmly on the food.

We feasted on sashimi and sushi and drank too much sake. I kept forgetting the rule that you should never pour your own sake.

A great pre-theatre option. A great post-work option. A great option any time.

May 8, 2015

New video for single Rush serves a slice of Golden State sunshine

Singer/songwriter Kali Uchis describes her sound as 'lowrider soul', and her latest – Rush – is a track full of feel-good grooves and retro bliss.

Uchis has recently hit the stage at the Coachella festival in the United States and will soon be performing several gigs in London.

May 6, 2015

Mid-town oasis of relaxed style

It's slightly confusing – this is the Hoxton Hotel in Holborn. There is also a Hoxton Hotel in Hoxton, but they are branching out.

The Holborn outpost in mid-town is the ideal place to meet people, to grab some free wifi and do some work in their lobby bar, or just call in for a quiet drink or some food while dashing across town.

Friendly, professional staff, good music, effortlessly creating a welcome respite from the frenetic city that surrounds it.

Highly recommended.

May 6, 2015

A bad experience, but a great cafe.

Hunter Gather is a clothing store – their Redchurch Street store also includes a cafe.

Redchurch Street is one of the coolest streets in London – a great location for a modern and stylish offering such as Hunter Gather.

It was a sunny Thursday morning and I needed somewhere to do some work while I was waiting for an appointment.

May 6, 2015

A decent sushi option in London's mid-town.

Sushi Hiroba is just adjacent to Holborn tube station.

This is a classic sushi train joint with some booths around the walls.

It's a pretty solid option for a quick bite to eat. There's better sushi out there, but Sushi Hiroba is still serving up pretty tasty dishes.

Good for a quick bite to eat in the mid-town area.

May 6, 2015

Rojas and Rodríguez of Nuevo Ballet Español present a knock-out fusion of flamenco and hip hop

The team of Ángel Rojas and Carlos Rodríguez of Nuevo Ballet Español are one of the driving forces of modern dance in Spain.

Their latest show, Titanium, brings together the flair of flamenco with the raw energy of hip hop and urban street dance.

May 5, 2015

A taste of Manhattan in inner-London

Big, open, light and airy. Albion is the perfect weekend brunch spot and somehow feels like a world away from London.

Eggs anyway you like them and a big pot of black coffee – the perfect way to start the day.

Gareth Johnson

May 5, 2015

It's pretty much just posh Nando's, but it's really good.

The Soho House group seem to have a knack of giving us things that we didn't know we needed but now can't live without.

The Chicken Shop is a simple concept – the menu gives you the option of grilled chicken (quarter; half; or whole) with some sides.

It's simple, it's delicious, and it's a winning concept.

We're always at the Holborn branch, in the basement beneath the Hoxton Hotel (in Holborn).

May 5, 2015

They may be dirty but they're delicious.

Part of the Soho House chain of unstoppable good venues (alongside Chicken Shop; and Pizza East) comes Dirty Burger.

The menu is simple, so are the burgers. There's nothing pretty about this place but they are serving up great burgers, crinkle cut chips, and some killer onion rings.

This is not a date place – you can't look sexy when you're eating a burger – but it is the perfect place to grab a quick bite to eat while on an urban expedition.

May 5, 2015

A modern approach to the classic Vienna cafe

Tucked away in Camden Passage in Angel, Kipferl is a little slice of Vienna in London's inner-north.

There's some days that you just feel like a plate of sausages washed down with beer; or perhaps a big slice of cake with a coffee.

That's exactly what Kipferl gives you.

A modern interpretation of the cafe culture that made Vienna great.

May 5, 2015

The perfect neighborhood cafe

Tucked away on Calvert Avenue, the surprisingly quiet corner of Shoreditch that borders Bethnal Green, Paper & Cup is a surprising little cafe.

It’s a not-for-profit enterprise, supported by the Spitalfields Crypt Trust (a local charity).

They served good coffee, they have nice pastries, and they offer free wifi.

You can't ask for much more from a cafe, and the fact that it's supporting local people to find work is just extra points for making us all feel good.