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Celebrating Pride in London

London becomes a vibrant cascade of colour and unity, a city of celebration and inclusivity, marking the annual Pride celebrations. With its rich history of advocacy and activism, London’s Pride events draw millions from around the globe, everyone eager to celebrate love, acceptance, and the ongoing fight for equality. From the iconic parade winding through the heart of the city to the myriad of cultural and community events, Pride in London offers a powerful reminder of the progress made and the work still to be done. Whether you’re a longtime advocate or a first-time participant, London’s Pride festivities promise an unforgettable experience filled with joy, reflection, and solidarity.

1. Pride Parade

One of the most anticipated events is the Pride Parade. The parade is a colourful explosion of love, unity, and acceptance. Thousands of people come together, dressed in their most fabulous outfits, to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community. The walk begins at Hyde Park Corner at midday and makes its way down through Piccadilly Circus, down Haymarket, along Pall Mall to Trafalgar Square, ending at Whitehall Place. Make sure to get there early to snag a good spot, and don’t forget your sunscreen and water!

Tips for a Great Pride Experience:

• Stay Hydrated: June can be hot, so carry a water bottle.
• Be Safe: Keep an eye on your belongings and stick with friends.
• Respect Others: Pride is about love and acceptance, so be kind and respectful to everyone.
• Dress Comfortably: Wear comfortable shoes for walking and dancing.
• Have Fun: Embrace the spirit of Pride and enjoy every moment!

A group of people at the pride parade in colourful colours.
This is something everyone looks forward to during Pride. You have the freedom to be yourself with people celebrating the same cause. Photo by NIM on Unsplash

2. Pride in the Park

Just a 16-minute journey from Great Portland Street, Hyde Park transforms into a festive haven during Pride month. Expect live music, food stalls, and interactive art installations. It’s a great place to chill with friends, enjoy some good food, and soak in the joyful atmosphere. If you’re into sports, there are often friendly matches and activities to join. This is something you don’t want to miss! You can purchase your tickets here.

3. Pride Film Screenings

Many local theatres, including the historic Regent Street Cinema, host special Pride-themed film screenings. These films range from classic LGBTQ+ movies to new releases, often followed by panel discussions or Q&A sessions with filmmakers. It’s a perfect way to enjoy a night out with friends and immerse yourself in LGBTQ+ culture through cinema.

A picture of outside a cinema
You don’t usually see many pride related films in cinemas such as VUE, so its nice to have a place dedicated to showing that love is love no matter who you are with. Photo by Myke Simon on Unsplash

4. LGBTQ+ History Tours

For those interested in the rich history of the LGBTQ+ community in London, several guided tours are available. These tours often start around Soho which is only a 15-minute journey from Great Portland Street. Visit Gay London has many different tours you can choose from. They will take you through historic landmarks, notable LGBTQ+ spots, and stories that shaped the community. It’s both educational and inspiring.

5. Drag Shows

Check out The Phoenix Artist Club. Non-members at the Phoenix Artist Club can purchase tickets to a show and receive temporary membership 
for the night that starts from £15. You can also check out The Divine who is East London’s newest queer bar, drag hothouse, LGBTQ+ performance venue and nightclub brought to you by the team behind the Glory. These events are full of energy, laughter, and glitter!

A drag queen
Drag shows are vibrant performances where drag artists showcase their talents through elaborate costumes, lip-syncing, dancing, and comedy, celebrating diversity and creativity. Photo by Quino Al on Unsplash

6. LGBTQ+ Art Exhibitions

Several galleries in the area, like the Welcome Collection and The Photographer’s Gallery, often feature Pride-related exhibitions. An event coming up at the welcome collection is the queer life drawing workshop. You will be able to join a life-drawing workshop led by artists Gaby Sahhar and Nan Carreira that focuses on queer bodies. These showcase the work of LGBTQ+ artists and explore themes of identity, love, and activism. It’s a beautiful way to appreciate the artistic contributions of the community.

A woman with the LGBTQ+ colours on her face in front of a white background.
If you always want to know the history of pride then going to art exhibitions will help you do just that. Photo by Isi Parente on Unsplash

7. Community Workshops and Panels

Many local community centres and universities host workshops and panel discussions during Pride month. Topics range from mental health in the LGBTQ+ community to intersectionality and activism. Equality Institute has many pride workshops and virtual events you can attend. Their team of facilitators is diverse and their workshops are always intersectional, interactive, and practical. They have got you covered with LGBTQ+ training and workshops that address allyship, trans inclusion, LGBTQ+ history, and even LGBTQ+ leadership development. These events are fantastic opportunities to learn, engage in meaningful conversations, and meet like-minded individuals.

A group of people at the Pride parade.
Pride month is a time people come together to celebrate their identities, achievements, and the ongoing fight for equality and acceptance. Photo by Margaux Bellott on Unsplash

Events happening this weekend

Saturday 29th June (6:30pm – 8:30pm) – Screening of the family film Alice Junior

Saturday 29th June (2pm – 10pm) – Pride Afterparty with House of happiness & Queers Without Beers

Sunday 30th June (6pm – 12am) – Pride Swim

Sunday 30th June (9pm – 3am) – Pride in London’s Official After party

If you would like to know more about these events click here 

Happy Pride, everyone!

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