There are many who’ll attest to the fact there’s no better time to visit London than for their world-famous Pride celebrations. It’s definitely a favourite of London Revealed, not least because there is so much going on outside of the mainstream festivities.
Most Pride fans will already know about the epic parade and concert in Trafalgar Square on Sunday 6th July, and whilst we’d still highly recommend heading down for these events we thought you should know about some other unique (and no less extraordinary) ones happening across the capital throughout Pride Month.
Wake Up with Pride @ Park Plaza London Riverbank
We’re not sure there’s a more special way to commemorate Pride than by waking up to one of the best views in London from a Riverview Suite and dining on a gorgeously-designed rainbow breakfast for two. This is an exclusive offer from Park Plaza with 25% of proceeds going to charity; just be sure to use the promo code PRIDE when booking and they’ll take care of the rest.
(Offer Valid Throughout Pride in London on selected dates in July)
IBikeLondon - Ride with Pride 2019 (Saturday 22 June – National Theatre, Southbank)
If you’re like us and find the term ‘disco bike’ a little too hard to resist, you’ll want to make yourself available on the 22nd June for a mass jaunt across Central London; all in the name of peace, love and acceptance. This party-fuelled ride is open to anyone and starts at 1pm outside the National Theatre on the Southbank.
Pride in London Self-Defence Class (Saturday 22 June – Oasis Sports Centre, WC2H)
Whilst we’re all aware of the importance of self-defence, the atmosphere at this free class (put on by LGBT+ martial arts group Ishigaki Ju-jitsu) is anything but hostile. What you will find is a welcoming group of likeminded people; all ready to help you feel more secure in who you are.
Pride Prom at the Circus (Saturday 29th June – The Collective, Camden, NW1)
After the success of last year, Pride Prom is once again hitting the capital and this exclusive under-18s event is inviting its guests to throw on their finest glad rags and join the Mosaic LGBT Youth Theatre for a night of circus-themed fabulousness.
Positive Runway Pride Fashion Week (Monday 1st July – Underbelly Festival Southbank)
This year, Pride in London have joined forces with the Southbank Underbelly Festival for a spectacular showcase that will celebrate all things fashion in the LGBT+ community. Lead by the UK's front-running sexual health charity ‘NAZ Project’, this event will also focus on spreading a vital awareness of sexual health.
POPfit Signature PRIDE (Friday 5 July – POPfit Studios, E8)
We couldn’t think of a better way to get prepped for Pride than heading down to this signature POPfit class, hosted by Darren Whitby. With a Pride playlist ready to get your endorphins flowing, we can guarantee you won’t leave without a smile on your face.
Starkers Academy Ball – Pride Special (Friday 5 July – Gay Star News, E1)
Anyone mistaking the art of life drawing as a quiet affair will have their eyes opened by the elaborate teachings of Kiki Mellék and a troop of nude models who are ready to get your paintbrushes moving, even if you haven’t dabbled before.
It’s a Drag Brunch: Pride Edition (Saturday 6 July – Proud Embankment, WC2R)
If you’re looking for the perfect starting point before the parade, you couldn’t ask for a more electric energy than the Drag Brunch at Proud Embankment. You’re not specifically required to show up in drag but if you’ve ever wondered what it would be like they fully encourage you to give it a go.