London is a city with a population of around 12 million people, divided in to boroughs, operating almost as towns in their own right. The centre is divided into 3 areas: the City of London to the east is the financial and business district; Westminster is the seat of government, with the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace; the West End, with department stories, boutiques, hotels, restaurants, clubs, bars and saunas.
Soho houses London�s modern gay scene, bordered by Oxford Street, London�s main shopping street, and Shaftesbury Avenue, the theatre district. The centre of the gay area is Old Compton Street where you will find gay bars, restaurants and pubs, also clothes shops and gay stores for magazines and toys. You'll also find flyers for party nights elsewhere in the city. It's an open, confident, young scene, and is safe.
There is also a longer-established scene in Earl's Court, slightly older with a more mature cloney, atmosphere. To the east a more designer, edgy scene based around Shoreditch.
Gay Pride is held each year in July, a huge gay party in London park, preceded by a march through the centre of the city.