Tourists flock to London’s east end for photos with the iconic Tower Bridge, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and to experience the street markets and independent boutiques only found here.

This area is a diverse section of London from the suits in the City to the hipsters in Dalston. The City is the historic and financial heart of London. Shiny skyscrapers tower over Victorian and even medieval streets. While gentrification has already changed much of Shoreditch and Dalston, it’s still a great place to catch a glimpse of trendy London.

Like any sprawling city, London’s gay nightlife is spread out. Soho and Vaxhual are two famous gay villages but there are fresh venues popping up all across the city. For those looking to see more of London’s gay nightlife, east London offers travelers another side…

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East London Gay Nightlife
The Glory opened in 2014 and features fabulous drag shows. Douchebag runs dance parties spinning alt-pop, synth, trash at The Star of Bethnal Green. Every Saturday night for 20 years The WayOut Club has celebrated the diversity of transsexual, cross-dressing and pure drag.

Gay Saunas
East London even has its own popular gay sauna. Sailors Sauna features steam, sauna, jacuzzi, TV lounge, two floors of relaxation rooms and a rooftop terrace.

East End Markets
East London is home to some of the most popular markets. Perfect for finding that unique leather jacket, or just an afternoon of browsing and tasting food from around the world. Be sure to check out Old Spitalfields Market, Brick Lane Market, Columbia Road Flower Market and Petticoat Lane Market.

Hotels in London
London is one of the world’s most expensive cities. Space comes at a premium and is often reflected in hotel room size. It’s worth paying attention to room size as its common for entry-level rooms to range from 9 sqm to 30 sqm.

London is one of the most popular destinations in the world for LGBT travelers. Legally all hotel across London and the UK would be described as gay-friendly. Anti-discrimination and equality laws are strong in the UK and visitors should have no problems checking-in as same sex couples.

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1. South Place Hotel

Expereince chic luxury in the inimitable style 

Why we love it:
♥ The overall design of the hotel is outstanding
♥ Great onsite facilities with gym, spa and even a cocktail garden
♥ Enjoy Michelin star dining without leaving the hotel

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This colorful 5-star hotel delivers an oasis of chic into the corporate City. Picture spacious rooms, impressive facilities, and world-class food.

South Place offers excellent onsite facilities including the Michelin star rooftop restaurant Angler, cocktail bar, spa, and a 24-hour gym. Rooms start from 26 sqm and feature Bang & Olufsen TV, delicate mood lighting and large windows. Each of the 80 rooms has a contemporary en suite bathroom with vast rain showers, a media hub, and a minibar. Room service is available throughout the day.

The hotel is located in the City just over 150 meters to Liverpool Street Station with four underground train lines, making it easy to get around London quickly.

2. Nobu Hotel Shoreditch

Shoreditch’s hottest hangout

Why we love it 
♥ Unique Japanese design mets London’s East End vibes
♥ One of the hottest hangouts in London
♥ Award-winning dining

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Nobu hotels and restaurants are the brainchildren of world-renowned Chef Nobu Matsuhisa, and filmmakers Robert De Niro and Meir Teper. Each hotel blends Japanese influence with the local flavors. The style of Nobu Shoreditch brings hints of industrial London behind soothing gold colors and like all Nubo hotels, it’s insanely popular with celebs.

Entry level rooms start from 20 sqm and come with floor-to-ceiling windows and a 55-inch flat-screen TV with Bluetooth and Apple TV.  24-hour room service is available and each room comes equipped with a traditional Japanese tea set and a minibar.

The surrounding area is full of restaurants, bars, and creative agencies. Shoreditch is the hub of London’s creative field. It’s 500 meters from the hotel to Old St Underground Station on the northern line or 1,100 meters (15 mins walk) to Liverpool Street Station giving you access to four more underground lines.

3. Motel One London Tower Hill

Simple value stays in a great location

Why we love it:
♥ All round great budget hotel – good marks for location, style, room size and importantly value for money
♥ Located in the City of London – historic centre, great for sightseeing and easy access, 4 train stations within 500 meters
♥ Design focus, where things look good but also work perfectly

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In essence, the hotel offers value for money with good sized rooms and a convenient central location. Note there is a minimum 2-night stay for Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.

The hotel is located in the heart of London’s financial centre but the area is still great for sightseeing. 400 meters to Tour of London and the Instagram perfect Tower Bridge.

From Motel One Tower Hill you can easily and quickly reach the rest of London with three underground stations serving four different train lines all within 500 meters.

4. Point A Hotel London – Shoreditch

Stylish hotel for true budget travelers 

Why we love it:
♥ Budget-friendly with a range of room options to fit you
♥ Compact smart room design
♥ Large lobby and all day cafe

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Just because you are on a budget doesn’t mean you have to stay somewhere boring. Point A bring fresh designs to budget travelers. Rooms at Point A Shoreditch start from 10 sqm (no window) up to 17 sqm with your own window.

In-house facilities are limited to the spacious lobby cafe where breakfast is served. Fitness and gym facilities are offered free of charge for all guests at the hotel’s partner DW Fitness First Spitalfields Tower.

The hotel is located in Shoreditch, London’s creative hub. To get about the city it’s only 500 meters to Old St Underground Station on the Northern line or 800 meters to Liverpool Street Station giving you access to four more underground lines.

5. The LaLiT London

Indian taste in a truly unique design

Why we love it:
♥ A true one of a kind hotel
♥ Incredible Indian and fusion food within the hotel
♥ Choice of English or Indian in-room breakfast

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The building began life in 1835 as a Grammar school for boys and was completely renovated in 2017. Today the hotel blends Victorian architecture with the charm of an Indian Palace. LaLiT is one of India’s leading luxury hotel groups with the London property the first outside of India.

The 70 unique bedrooms have been draped in Indian fabrics and former school assembly hall has been transformed into one of London’s best Indian restaurants called Baluchi. Entry level rooms like the Junior Classroom start from 23 sqm and include a complimentary minibar, WiFi, safe, coffee making machine and air conditioning.

Technically not an east end hotel, as LaLiT sits just opposite the City and Tower Bridge on the south side of the Thames in Southwark. But don’t let that put you off, within 10 minutes on foot, you can reach Tower Bridge, London Dungeons, HMS Belfast, Shakespeare’s Globe and The Shard.

It’s 600 meters from the hotel to London Bridge Station on the Jubilee and Northern lines.