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Discover Great Britain.

There’s more to city life in Great Britain than London. Whilst the nation’s capital city is pretty spectacular, venturing further afield is definitely worth it.

Two hot destinations that need to go on your ‘must visit’ list are Manchester in the North West of England and Brighton which is just a hop, skip and a jump from London.

Northern hospitality is alive and well in the North West of England. Manchester is one of the most thriving cities in Great Britain and home to Canal Street, the epicenter of gay Manchester.

Just 2 hours north from London, Manchester has a lot going for it including some of the best shopping and nightlife in the whole of Britain or you can fly direct into Manchester as an alternative to London and in less than 30 minutes you can be in the city centre, taking in the sights and sounds of one of the liveliest LGBT communities in the country.

Where to stay…

For a boutique hotel stay in the thick of the action on Canal Street, check out Velvet Hotel. Just a couple of minutes’ walk from public transport this 4-star accommodation won’t disappoint. There are so many other options in and around the Gay Village to suit all budgets, you can even choose a gay homestay from just 25 GBP per night.

Where to play…

Canal Street is world famous for being one of the most welcoming LGBT areas in the world. With over 40 venues in the Gay Village, this is the place to be if you want to party in Manchester. Whatever you’re into, you’ll find it here.

Where to shop…

Manchester has so many options when it comes to shopping. If you’re looking for outlets and designer names Manchester Arndale and the Trafford Centre will have you spoiled for choice. Vintage threads more your thing? The Northern Quarter is where it’s at. You’ll also find great places to eat and drink here.

This seaside city claims the most same-sex households in the whole of Great Britain and is well known for its extravagant Pride events and lively nightlife.

Now if you’re expecting a beach like the ones we’re accustomed to back home, you might be disappointed. The pebbled beach and Brighton Pier are no Bondi but there is still heaps to keep you occupied!

Where to stay…

If you like to hear the ocean from your hotel room, Hudsons guesthouse will give you a real taste of Brighton by the sea. A 19th Century townhouse with a home away from home feel and great location, this place is a great option for a short stay in Brighton.

Where to play…

St. James Street in the suburb of Kemp Town is a bustling area of traditional British pubs, cafes and bars. For a real taste of the Brighton scene, head to Revenge. Across 3 floors this place has parties every night of the week including lesbian focused Girls On Top.

Where to shop…

The Lanes are the place to go for shopping in Brighton. While the Lanes are home to antique and jewelry stores, it’s North Laine which is a little more bohemian and most to 300 independent shops selling everything from vegetarian shoes to vintage fashion. The North Laine is also home to vibrant street art. Look out for Banksy’s ‘Kissing Policeman Here you’ll find antiques, jewellery and vintage shops to mooch around in. When you’re done shopping you’ll find plenty of spots for a cup of tea and a slice of cake, or something stronger at one of the local watering holes.

For more information on what to see and do in Great Britain click here and follow the hashtag #OMGB.

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