It’s Pride month! This summer sees London going all out with celebrations and festivities. Think meaningful parades, glitzy drag brunches, rainbow murals and more.
If you’re wondering how to celebrate, we’ve rounded up the best events taking place around the city, from now until the end of summer.
Pride in London
Go big or go home, Pride in London is the UK’s largest and most diverse parade that takes over the capital each year. Returning to the streets of London on Saturday 2nd July, this year’s parade is extra special as it celebrates 50 years since the first Pride took place in the United Kingdom.
Alongside the parade, expect four stages to be setting up shop for the weekend in Trafalgar Square, Leicester Square, Golden Square and Dean Street. Musicians Emeli Sande, Ava Max and Netta will be performing alongside over 100 other singers and celebs.
When: Parade 02.07.2022, although events going on throughout June
Where: Across London
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Poetry LGBT Open Mic
Legendary LGBTQIA+ bar, Two Brewers puts on entertainment year round, from drag performances to karaoke and music nights that’ll see you dancing until dawn. This Pride, they are celebrating big with a range of events including a Poetry LBGT Open Mic.
Taking place on Wednesday 29th June, the bar will be welcoming poets, writers and creatives to the stage, sharing their poems, spoken word and song. Expect to hear from upcoming artists as well as established creatives.
Where: Two Brewers, 114 Clapham High Street, SW4 7UJ
The Richmond Club
Richmond’s first private members’ club will be celebrating Pride, The Richmond Club way. Welcoming both members and non members, the Club will be hosting a grand party in its beautiful garden, complete with live entertainment and tasty drinks.
DJ Lindy Layton will be on the decks, pumping out house and dance music, while later into the night Drag artists Tomara Thomas and Honey Fox will be entertaining everyone with their unique live performances.
On the food front, expect BBQ dishes served throughout the evening and cocktails to keep the good vibes following all day long.
Where: 115 – 117 Kew Road, Richmond, TW9 2PN
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London Trans+ Pride
Returning to the capital this July is London Trans+ Pride, a response to the injustices that trans+ people face daily, all over the world. Taking place on Saturday 9th July will be a protest march beginning in Wellington Arch, the march will ‘celebrate the memory of trans lives taken and uphold the next generation of trans revolutionaries’.
Organisers of the march are encouraging those taking part to wear flowers to ‘honour the long legacy of transgender, non-binary, gender non-conforming and intersex people who came before us’.
Where: Wellington Arch, W1J 7JZ
UK Black Pride
Returning this summer for its annual in-person protest will be UK Black Pride, the largest European celebration for LGBTQI+ people of African, Asian, Caribbean, Latin American and Middle Eastern-descent.
Having outgrown its usual grounds, this year’s pride event will be taking over Stratford’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Expect performances, stalls, talks and food vendors to be on offer and celebrating the community.
Where: Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford
River Stage 2022: The Glory Weekender
Kicking off the National Theatre’s River Stage this summer will be a weekend curated by The Glory, London’s leading pub and LGBTQI+ venue. Taking over South Bank on Friday, 15th, Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th, the weekender will see DJs, performers, drag queen contests and dance-a-longs for a bumper celebration of 50 years of Gay Pride in the UK.
Look forward to acts like DJ John Sizzle, Myra Dubois, Sharon Le Grand & Nicky Harris, The Barn Dance and Dr Adam Perchard’s ‘Bathtime at the NT’, a legendary cabaret show.
When: 15.07.2022 – 17.07.2022
Where: National Theatre, South Bank
TOVE Screening + Q&A
Rio Cinema in Dalston will be offering a special screening of TOVE followed by a Q&A with the film’s producer Andrea Reuter and intimacy coordinator Pia Rickman.
Zaida Bergroth’s TOVE follows the life of artist, writer and creator of the Moonmins, Tove Jansson. Expect to see the artist’s colourful characters come to life through Tove’s expression and creativity, as well as themes of romance and vibrance.
Where: Rio Cinema, 107 Kingsland High Street, E8 2PB
Pride Late at Science Museum
Head to the Science Museum after-hours for one of their themed nights. This June’s is a celebration of 50 years of Pride in London, boasting brilliant talks, tours, workshops and the best silent disco in the capital.
Head to their IMAX theatre to see a special viewing of the new documentary, George Michael Freedom Uncut or listen to the discussions around the recent HIV vaccine trials with professor Robin Shattock, the lead researcher. There’ll be silent discos, Pride pub quizzes and immersive experiences.
Where: Science Museum, Exhibition Road, South Kensington, SW7 2DD
Pride at Canary Wharf
Looking for the perfect photo moment? Head over to Canary Wharf to explore the bright installations from artist Lothar Gotz, from the multicoloured steps at Riverside to the bold glass installation in Crossrail Place by Adam Plaza.
Alongside the installations, Union Square will be making way for special Pride screenings at their outdoor cinema, from Carol to Brokeback Mountain, The Birdcage to The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.
When: Until 01.07.2022
WherE: Union Square & throughout Canary Wharf