London Gay Heritage Tour: Hidden Sites and Unique Stories

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Audio tour
Audio tour in English
Route length: 4 km
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Duration 2h
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  • You'll receive a self-guided audio tour right after booking
  • Explore unique London Gay heritage sites guided by your own in-app audio tour
  • Discover how some gay figures played an important part of queer social histories
  • Visit one of London’s Bohemian haunts frequented by George Bernard Shaw and George Orwell
  • Hear how the auto-icon of Jeremy Bentham became one of the first English gay activists
  • Stroll through the shopping arcade which was once the centre of secret gay rendezvous
Take this in-app audio tour created by a researcher of LGBT+ social histories and revealing hidden, intriguing, and fascinating gay stories showcased in 10 distinctive queer heritage sites of London! Delve into the significant roles played by certain gay figures in shaping gay social histories, reflecting the challenges, sacrifices, and prejudices endured by earlier generations. By understanding this past, we can better value the equality, liberated love, diversity, and freedoms now cherished in the cosmopolitan capital of the U.K. The tour starts from the UCL Student Centre where you will be surprized to learn about one of the first English gay activists. You will then visit the bookstore, which became a safe haven for various gay groups in the 1980s, and maybe chat with its founder. As the tour continues along Fitzrovia, one of the most diverse districts of London, choose to pop in one of London’s great Bohemian and literary haunts where artists, comedians and authors like George Bernard Shaw and George Orwell used to drink. Next, you will stop by an iconic theatre which used to be a central to so many gay creatives, and by a cinema theatre dubbed by Quentin Tarantino as the best independent movie theatre. The tour ends at the White's Gentlemen's Club on the intersection of Piccadilly and St James's St where you will learn about a man nicknamed Beau who had been striking a pose since the 1790's.

What's included

  • Downloadable multimedia audio tour on WeGoTrip app
  • Detailed route from stop to stop with live GPS map on your smartphone
  • Offline functionality, audio narration, photos, and written text explanations
  • Recommendations and tips on gay community hubs from an expert
  • Self-guided audio tour for your smartphone on the WeGoTrip app
  • Earphones and smartphone are not included – bring your own
  • In-person tour guide

Places you will visit

The route of the tour goes within circle
Bloomsbury Theatre and Bloomsbury Studio
Gordon Street, 15
White's Gentlemen's Club
Saint James's Street, 37
Download the app and the digital audio tour on your smartphone before the visit. You will find recommendations on how to get to the staring point in the first step of the tour. If you have any questions or need any assistance, please email us at
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Matt Holton has been an Educator for over 20 years, both in the U.K. and around the World. He specialises in Inquiry Based Education and has been an advocate for Arts and Environmental Education, as well Outside the Classroom, in a wide range of...

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