“What’s Love Got to Do with It?” Well, a lot when it comes to London this season. May 19, 2018 will see the royal wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, but if your invitation got lost in the mail, they’ll be events throughout the LGBT community to celebrate the occasion including viewing parties at some of the best bars in Soho. You may also want to pick up tickets for the brand-new musical TINA, The Tina Turner Musical (www.tinathemusical.com) that rolls into the Aldwych Theater March 21. While you’re catching a show, choose an equally soul-filled hotel with the 900-room Hard Rock Hotel (Opening spring 2018. www.hardrockhotel.com) in Marble Arch that will include loads of performance spaces and a speakeasy bar. Looking for more luxury? The Belmond Cadogan (www.belmond.com/hotels/europe/uk/london/belmond-cadogan-hotel) offers the style we’ve come to expect from the global brand blended with West London grace.
Take some time away from Manchester’s world-famous LGBT scene and join the Mancunian LGBT community at the ten-year-old Queer Contact cultural festival (www.contactmcr.com/festival/queercontact) that includes theatre, music, cabaret, film, clubbing, dance, spoken word, and visual art examining gender, sexuality, health, religion, politics, and more. This year will be the first time that it won’t be held at the Oxford Road building (it’s undergoing a $9 million renovation), but the entire city will make up for the loss of a venues by opening up the doors to places like museums, libraries, and schools. Many of the events will take place at the Millennium Powerhouse in Moss Side from January 27-February 24, but if your travels miss these dates, the Powerhouse hosts exciting LGBT events all year long. www.visitmanchester.com/ideasand-inspiration/blog
While the larger Scottish cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh usually are on LGBT tourists’ lists, don’t pass up a visit to Dundee in 2018. The River Tay waterfront is being transformed into a world-class entertainment district, in particular thanks to the opening of Scotland’s very first design museum—V&A Museum of Design(www.vandadundee.org). The thoroughly modern facility will hold some precious items, including the diamond-winged tiara commissioned by the late Mary Crewe-Milnes, Duchess of Roxburghe. It will also be a center for local and foreign designers to show off their works, creating an international gathering point for artists. The halls open in spring 2018.