London Like a Local
Journalist and author Paul Burston was born in York and grew up in South Wales, but he has called London home since 1984. An activist in ACT UP for many years before becoming a journalist, Burston was the long-term editor of Time Out’s gay and lesbian section.
Burston published his debut novel Shameless in 2001 and has gone on to found and host the Polari literary salon at London’s Southbank Centre. We caught up with Burston recently for some insider tips about his adopted home town…
Why is London home for you?
I’ve stayed because London is never boring. There’s always so much to see and do.
What’s the best gay bar in London?
My favorite gay bar has to be Ku Bar in Soho. It’s rare to find a gay venue with a real sense of community. Owner Gary Henshaw really believes in giving something back.