This summer, OUT sent two lucky contest winners overseas to experience some of the best adventures Great Britain has to offer.
Our winning couple, Sean and Josh, stood out because of Sean’s meaningful words declaring why his husband, Josh deserved a vacation. This was more than just a trip overseas, Sean wanted to reward his husband’s selfless dedication to starting a family. Sean and Josh have the wondeful joy of expecting twins via surrogate this fall, so how could we not help these expecting daddies celebrate.
Sean and Josh show us that LOVE is GREAT in Great Britain, and they've got the pics to prove it. Read on to see what they gained from their adventure. Also, head over to visitbritain.com/loveisgreat for a chance to win a trip to Britain!
Sean and Joshua outside Buckingham Palace.
3 Days & 3 Nights in London
On our first morning in London, we headed straight for a day at The British Museum. Pro Tip: Get there when it opens to beat the crowds. Our highlights: The Great Court, The Enlightenment Gallery, The Elgin Marbles, and The Rosetta Stone.
Inside the British Museum.
One of the best parts of our stay there was when we went out in East London. We met up with a friend from Oklahoma who now lives there. She kicked us off with a drink at Shoreditch House (and a mandatory visit to their free Gummy Bear bar.)
Fish 'n Chips.
The Living Room at The Rosebery where Sean & Joshua stayed in London. The hotel features 58 suites housed in a beautifully restored Victorian red brick building in London's original Little Italy - now a stylish and sophisticated aparthotel.
3 Days & 3 Nights in Manchester
To get to Manchester, we were treated to a First Class trip on Virgin Trains, including complimentary breakfast, free WIFI, and tableside service. Manchester is a walkable city, and we were just minutes away from every popular destination.
Midland Hotel in Manchester.
The next day we relaxed with a spa day at The Midland Hotel, where we both received massages and facials. If that wasn’t fancy enough, we were treated to Royal Afternoon Tea in their Tea Room.
Manchester's Canal Street.
That night we went out on Canal Street, also known as the Manchester Gay Village. As luck would have it, this was the opening night of Pride Weekend. The laneways were packed with games, drag queens, and the official turning on of the pride street lights.
Turtle Bay Restaurant & Bar.
The next day we took the city’s official walking tour of Manchester. Our guide took us on a two-hour adventure through the city, with stops at Manchester Town Hall, Manchester Cathedral, Manchester Central Library, The John Rylands Library and the Royal Exchange.
Sean loves vintage and thrift store shopping, so we headed to Oldham Street to check them out. If you’re a fan of hipster neighborhoods, enjoy shopping for records and vintage clothes, and love murals and graffiti, this part of town is a must see.
Record shopping on Oldham Street.
Manchester really celebrates its queer community, so if you’re considering traveling to the UK, don’t miss it. Every corner we turned seemed to have a restaurant or a shop showing its support for the LGBTQ community, and the city is small enough that Pride turned the entire place festive.
To discover more fantastic destinations in Great Britain and to enter for a chance to win your own trip to Great Britain, head to visitbritain.com/loveisgreat.
Congrats to Sean & Josh on the Twins!