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The 2024 edition of the UK’s largest queer film event, BFI Flare: London lgbtq+QIA+ Film Festival, will run from 15 to 26 March 2024 at BFI Southbank, with a selection of shorts available to watch for free UK-wide on BFI Player. The festival screens the best in contemporary lgbtq+QIA+ cinema from around the globe, in addition to a rich selection of events and archive titles.

For the first time, BFI Flare will also feature immersive and XR work, programmed by the BFI’s immersive art and XR curator, Ulrich Schrauth. This will build on the work of the BFI London Film Festival’s immersive art and extended realities strand, LFF Expanded, as well as BFI Southbank’s year-round BFI Expanded strand, which both showcase work from creators working at the forefront of emerging technologies, including interactive virtual reality, screen-based installations, augmented reality, mixed reality, immersive audio experience and live performance.

This year’s festival will see the return of #FiveFilmsForFreedom in partnership with the British Council. This landmark initiative presents five films for free to audiences globally, and invites everyone everywhere to show solidarity with lgbtq+QIA+ communities in countries where freedom and equal rights are limited. Since its launch in 2015, Five Films for Freedom films have been viewed by 20 million people, in over 200 countries and principalities.

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There are a number of men-only or gay-friendly hotels in London:

  1. The Mandrake Hotel - A luxurious boutique hotel situated in the trendy Fitzrovia neighborhood, The Mandrake Hotel caters to a diverse clientele, including lgbtq+Q+ guests. Experience the hotel's stunning interior design, beautiful courtyard, and exquisite dining options. The Mandrake Hotel offers an unforgettable stay in the heart of London. Check Availability and Prices: link
  2. The Curtain - Nestled in the vibrant Shoreditch district, The Curtain is a men-only hotel that combines contemporary design with an industrial chic vibe. This stylish hotel boasts spacious rooms, a rooftop pool, multiple bars, and a private screening room. Enjoy the trendy atmosphere of East London while staying at The Curtain. Check Availability and Prices: link
  3. The Nadler Soho - Located in the lively Soho district, The Nadler Soho is a gay-friendly hotel offering modern and well-equipped rooms. Experience the convenience of being close to popular attractions, theaters, and nightlife. With its prime location and comfortable accommodations, The Nadler Soho is an excellent choice for lgbtq+Q+ travelers. Check Availability and Prices: link
  4. The Zetter Townhouse Marylebone - Situated in the charming Marylebone neighborhood, The Zetter Townhouse is a gay-friendly boutique hotel known for its unique design and quirky atmosphere. Enjoy the individually styled rooms, luxurious amenities, and personalized service. The hotel's central location allows for easy access to London's attractions and shopping districts. Check Availability and Prices: link
  5. The Arch London - Located near Marble Arch, The Arch London is a gay-friendly hotel that offers a blend of classic elegance and contemporary style. The hotel features luxurious rooms, a stylish bar, and a gourmet restaurant. Enjoy a convenient location close to Hyde Park, Oxford Street, and other popular destinations. Check Availability and Prices: link
  6. The Hoxton, Holborn - Situated in the trendy Holborn neighborhood, The Hoxton offers stylish and comfortable accommodations for men. The hotel features chic rooms, a vibrant lobby area, and a popular restaurant. Enjoy the central location, with easy access to Covent Garden, the British Museum, and other attractions. Check Availability and Prices: link

  7. The Z Hotel Piccadilly - Situated in the heart of London's West End, The Z Hotel Piccadilly is a gay-friendly hotel offering comfortable accommodations and a convenient location. The hotel features compact rooms with modern amenities, perfect for a short stay in the city. Explore the vibrant neighborhood with its theaters, restaurants, and nightlife. Check Availability and Prices: link
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