Brighton: The Gay Capital of the UK

When you think of the sunny seaside town of Brighton on the Sussex coast, you might think of family holidays as a child, the architecturally stunning Brighton Pavilion and crazy weekends spent enjoying the town with friends, with even crazier nights. One thing Brighton is also known for of course is being the gay capital of the UK, and has been for many years.

It seems quite fitting that Brighton, the place the infamously hedonistic Prince of Wales and later King George IV built his pleasure palace, the Brighton Pavilion, has over the years developed into the fun loving, gay friendly resort that it is today. The history of Brighton as a place gay people were drawn to goes back to the 1800’s, and by the 1920’s and 1930’s it was a well known gay friendly resort, even having its own men only beach after the second world war.

The area of Kemptown, in particular, is known as Brighton’s ‘gay village’, packed full of gay and lesbian bars, clubs and even estate agents. Here you’ll find Brighton’s first gay coffee shop, plus Charles Street Bar and Club, where Envy plays host to some of the best known club nights on the gay scene. Like Studio 150, Mad Cow’s Tea Party, Fruity Friday Fix and, on Sundays, ‘Roast, Cabaret and Tranny Bingo’ in the bar.

Other great clubs are Fisherman’s Rest, which features Sunday lunches with drag cabarets on the first Sunday of the month, and The Latest Music Bar, which plays host to club nights like Dusty’s, a lesbian club night, and Frockabilly, a gay run 1950’s night of rock n’ roll. The Bulldog in St James’s Street, Brighton’s longest running gay bar, and The Marlborough, which is a lesbian bar featuring a theatre upstairs, are both well worth a visit while you’re in town too.

Of course Brighton wouldn’t be Brighton without Gay Pride. This year it’s held between the 1st and 3rd of August and promises to be bigger and better than ever. Join hundreds of thousands of people from around the globe as they celebrate this amazing Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender event, participating in the numerous bright and brilliant parades and visiting the Pride Festival in Preston Park. This colourful festival plays host to live acts, entertainers, dancing, cabaret shows, a funfair and a market, offering a great day, or entire weekend, out for everyone.

This year the Main Stage even plays host to the legend that is Martha Wash. You’ll see the original Weather Girl strutting her stuff and singing such favourites as It’s Raining Men, Everybody Everybody, Ride on Time and Everybody Dance Now. Simply unmissable!

If that doesn’t tempt you down to Brighton, who knows what will! Why not discover for yourself this amazing, fun loving, bohemian town. Book into one of the Travelodge hotels in Brighton and see what a great place it is to visit. Gay or straight, you’ll have a ball.