To celebrate the joyous and undeniably colourful month of Pride, we’ve rounded up an array of places to pop to, from rainbow cocktails and churros to Wagamama’s bright benches.
So, without further ado, feast your eyes on food, party hard and take pride in you. Happy Pride Month.
What: Chappy’s Pre-Pride Brunch and Rainbow Festival
Why: Peruvian-Japanese restaurant Chotto Matte is hosting not one but two events for Pride. As far as we’re concerned, the more the merrier. If you’ve been on dating app Grindr, but haven’t yet made the transition to Chappy, your mind is about to be swayed, as they bring you a pre-pride brunch with drag queens, brunch tasting menus and DJs galore. The event will also feature instagrammable multi-coloured cocktails, and the launch of their new rainbow menu. Now that’s something we take pride in.
Where: 11-13 Frith St, Soho, W1D 4RB
What: Guns & Buns
Why: It’s time to get sweaty, quite literally, as Guns & Buns – a session to put you through your paces – returns courtesy of Sweat It.
The event to celebrate Pride will occur on 6th July, and includes bangers on the base, prosecco (post work-out not before, cheeky), goody bags from Impulse, and enough glitter to make a disco ball jealous.
Where: 4 Kean Street, WC2B 4AS
Website: Get Tickets Here
What: Nine Lives Pride Street Party
Why: If you’re not partying during Pride, you’re doing something wrong. Arriving on London Bridge, this Pride party will be sashaying into the city on 7th July in its full glittery splendour, hosted by neighbourhood bar Nine Lives and Taylor Trash from The Glory. Adding to the spotlight, the affair will also celebrate Nine Lives’ first birthday with ‘Topicalifornication’ cocktails – (no, we couldn’t pronounce that either). So, get your boogie on for a birthday bash and a Pride polava.
What: Rainbow Dough Churros
Why: Mexican restaurant Cantina Laredo have certainly got the pride flag flying high with these tasty looking treats. The doughy rainbow churros will be served up all day on 7th July, with technicolour galore. They’re not letting anyone dim your sparkle!
Where: 10 Upper St Martin's Lane, WC2H 9FB
What: Pride Pizza
Why: We all love pizza don’t we? Come on, don’t shake your head and pretend you’re one of the minority. Well, if you really don’t then read on, but if pizza makes your tummy rumble and your mind drift to those cheesy slices then stay put. BungaTINI are running their woodfired 12inch Pride Pizza from 2nd July to Sunday 8th July. Fear not, the pizzas have a twist, topped with all the colours of the rainbow, from yellow peppers to red onion, these guys know how to take pride in their pizza.
Where: 167 Drury Lane, London WC2B 5PG
Over Under Coffee
What: Pride Toast
Why: We’ll take a slice of Pride on toast any day, and thanks to Over Under Coffee in Soho, breakfast just got a whole lot more colourful. To celebrate the festival, there will be sliced brioche, spread with honey mascarpone, covered with hundreds and thousands. How yummy does that sound? If you’re ready to embrace your childhood hundreds and thousands memories, get yourself down there before 7th July. £1 from each special sold will go to @stonewalluk.
Where: 181A Earls Court Road, Kensington, SW5 9RB
Hotel Cafe Royal
What: Café Royal’s Pride Package
Why: How does a package of Pride sound? Hotel Café Royal are going all out this year with the new launch of their package that will see guests enjoy tours through Soho to Vauxhall and tickets to London’s West End productions Kinky Boots and Everybody’s Talking about Jamie. If those don’t tickle your tailfeather, there will be an in-suite projector to play a selection of LGBTQI films and for those in the Dome penthouse, get ready for fizz at the rooftop whilst taking in all of the parade action.
Where: 68 Regent Street, Soho, W1B 4DY
What: Rainbow Benches at Wagamama
Why: Wagamama are joining the party by installing rainbow benches to raise money for charities as part of its #makeitrainbow campaign. The eye-catching awareness will support LGBT and charities, and the rest is really rather simple. As simple as every time someone sits on a vibrant bench, profits from any steamed buns purchased will be donated. We’re in!
The Perception at W London
Piccadilly Circus (0.2 miles)
What: The Miss Vanje Cocktail
Why: If a cocktail applied glam in the morning, it would look like the cocktail by expert mixologists from The Perception at W London. A sassy, sparkly and totally fabulous drink made in honour of American drag queen Vanessa Vanjie Mateo, aptly named Miss Vanje. Made with Belvedere vodka, lychee liqueur and lime, the Vanje is sure to be as striking as Vanjie herself.
Where: 10 Wardour Street, Leicester Square, London, W1D 6QF, United Kingdom
What: The 5-a-day Cocktail
Why: The Blind Pig know that there are more ways to enjoy our 5-a-day than a dose of fruit and veg. Instead, the award-winning bar are giving us the gift of a colourful drink as a nod to Pride featuring five fruits, apple, strawberry, pear, orange and plum, with an added dash of Patron tequila, lime cordial and Sekforde’s botanical tequila mixer. Cheers!
What’s more, the bar provides the perfect peeking spot, watching the parade go past whilst getting your 5-a-day.
Where: 58 Poland St, Soho, W1F 7NR
Hotel Cafe Royal
What: Rainbow Croissants
Why: Very little beats a croissant in the morning, or at any time of the day come to think of it, and the rainbow croissants in support of Pride at Papillon look oh so delectable.
Returning for another year, the baked good is brainchild of head baker Romain Tessier, and will be available from 2nd – 15th July 2018.
Where: 68 Regent Street, Soho, W1B 4DY