These welcoming British cities rival London for LGBTQ friendliness

The United Kingdom has more to it than London, Burberry, and famous pop-ballad singers; hello!

Great Britain is one of the world's friendliest destinations for LGBTQ visitors. They host a dozen different pride festivals, and have hundreds of gay bars and hotels. Not to mention a multitude of extraordinary shopping districts and fashion brands like Burberry, Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney, and Paul Smith.

Looking for a destination to enjoy along with London? Explore our city guides of British destinations nearby the "City of Fog."

Glasgow

The gem of British culture, people from all over the UK visit Glasgow for designer fashions on popular Buchanan, Argyle, and Sauchiehall Streets.

Manchester

A short jaunt from London, Canal Street — the Gay Village — had a gay pub back in the 1940s and is now a gay mecca.

Cardiff

Find this popular summer vacation destination on the south coast of Whales, with its youthful nightlife scenes on Charles Street and Bute Terrace.

Blackpool

This seaside resort on the Irish Sea Coast of England, known as the "gay capitol of the North," is famous for Blackpool Pleasure Beach, an amusement park.

Liverpool

London's favorite little brother, Liverpool is a melting pot of diverse cultures, activities, restaurants, nightclubs, and people. And is famously the hometown to The Beatles.

By Tony Taylor