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Goodbye to gay London?

The capital has always been a place of liberation for the gay community. But as the old haunts close down how long will that last?

Relocation, relocation, relocation: Nobody has been better than the LGBTQ community at finding new parts of London to remould. Photo: Visit Britain/Ingrid Rasmussen

Queer City: Gay London from the Romans to the Present Day by Peter Ackroyd (Chatto & Windus, £16.99)

It is a Saturday afternoon in April—hesitant spring sunshine, the promise of sap rising—and Soho’s Old Compton Street is churning with life. The air is filled with the stop-start grumble of traffic and fragments of conversation: “so I said no,” “that new sushi place,” “Lol,” “where are we going…

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