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Soho - London FREE walking tour

Join our Free Soho walking tour to meet new people , make friendship, have fun and socialise

  • 4 hours
  • Piccadilly circus station

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Queer of Soho - London! Old Compton Street has been the recognisable hub of London's LGBTQ scene for no more than a couple of decades, but through our Pride of Place project we've managed to find more than 130 years of uninterrupted alternative lifestyles existing within Soho's historic walls. On this walk we visit those hidden and sometimes forgotten places that have kept Soho Queer, from the late Victorian era to the present day. You can stand anywhere on Old Compton Street on this last stop but where Frith Street passes through is nearly always a good spot as there's cafes on this crossroad and it's often busy any time of the day. Surprise! You’re back in the present day. For the last two decades Soho, and especially Old Compton Street, has been at the centre of London’s gay community. Soho looks pretty different from even five years ago. It’s changing rapidly and with it the Queer spaces, where British gay identity was forged, are also disappearing. But we all know Soho is still a centre for all things gay. From 2003 to 2008, Soho Pride was held here and even though London Pride takes over much more of the Capital now, Soho still plays host to parades and after-parties. Where you’re standing now, could be seen as the final piece in the jigsaw of over a century of fighting for equality. And what a fight it’s been: today in the UK, LGBTQ people can legally have sex at the same age as straight people, get married, adopt and even join the army. But the battle is not yet over. 1: Piccadilly Circus / London Pavilion / Criterion Restaurant 2: London Trocadero
  3: Lyons Corner House
  4: Shim Sham Club 5: Dansey Place 6: York Minster/French House 7: Au Chat Noir 8: The Colony Room 9: Le Duce 10: Club Louise 11: Trident Studios 12: Colt Cinema 13: Village 14: Comptons of Soho 15: Admiral Duncan 16: Soho Pride
 Modern day terms such as gay, straight and LGBTQ have not always existed and labelling those in the past as such would be a misrepresentation of how people saw themselves. Past discrimination has meant LGBTQ history has often been hidden, marginalised or suppressed. When we remember these places and their heritage, the places celebrated on this walk, we remember the people who came before us and we don’t forget them. Join us as we explore the vast and complex history of LGBTQ+ life in London!

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