This year, the parade takes a 1.4 mile (2.3 km) route from just north of Oxford Circus, down Regent Street and through Piccadilly Circus. It then heads down Pall Mall towards Trafalgar Square and finishes in Whitehall.
Over 300 groups are set to march, making it the biggest parade ever, with record crowds expected – so arrive in reasonable time for a good view. Pride in London’s official entertainment is spread across central London: the main stage takes over Trafalgar Square, with a Cabaret Stage in Dean Street, the Women’s Stage in Leicester Square and the family area in Golden Square. There will be performances from Glee’s Amber Riley, The London Gay Big Band, the finalists from Pride’s Got Talent, Sinitta, Jacqui Swallows, and the Minions (from Despicable Me 3).
For those around wanting to check out issue two of HISKIND, we’ll be distributing free copies at Oxford Circus tube station.
Various community groups will have stalls in Soho square, raising awareness and selling clothing and merchandise. Pride in London wristbands will be available throughout the day for £3 and provide discounts at dozens of shops, cafés and restaurants across Carnaby, Seven Dials and Soho.
The Night Before:
If one night isn’t enough, there are various regular nights and Pride specials too see in Saturday. Dollar Baby at Metropolis sees Jodie Harsh DJing and shows by Aquaria; Homostash takes over Dalston Superstore again, with DOPPELGANG from Amsterdam in the basement and Virginia Wright hosting. Daddy Issues present a Pride special at Tipsy, with Warboy and Mr Scott Humphreys (and limited edition tees by Hey Rooney) and The Glory have announced their first ever Glory Gala in the beautifully restored Art Deco ballroom of Stoke Newington Town Hall, featuring a re-enactment of the award-winning 1972 TV special, ‘Liza with a Z’, by Jonny Woo and 25 LIPSYNC1000 stars.
The Night Of:
The official Pride in London Party, the fabulous WUT?CLUB (‘one of London’s most iconic parties’) have teamed up with Milkshake festival Amsterdam (‘the biggest open minded dance festival in the world’) to present a tropical shakeup all night long. Headlined by the legendary Amanda Lepore, Nimmo, and Aquaria, it’s sure to be a night to remember. Expect colourful club kids and international drag superstars, a laser rave and music from Attack Attack Attack, Jerry Bouthier (Kitsuné), the Destiny’s Child Experience and more. The final tickets are available here.
London’s “legendary homo hip hop night” is heading to Shoreditch’s Ace Hotel, taking over the rooftop penthouse all evening and the basement clubs until 3am. They’re hosting Gizzle’s UK debut, the award-winning MNEK, Trevor Wilson and Freida Slaves. Advanced tickets have sold out but there will be tickets available on the door.
Her Upstairs – drunkenly born at last year’s Pride – and Them Downstairs are hosting a huge party all afternoon, starting with a four hour lip sync marathon to raise money for charity. Then, expect a cabaret spectacular and an evening dancing and pop up cabaret with the likes of Ruby Wednesday, Mynxie Monroe, and Tayce. The whole day is hosted by Meth and HERR, with food by Piab’s Vegan Junk.
East London’s weekly night of drag and disco doesn’t stop for Pride: open from 11pm to 5am, Josh Caffe, Elles McFierce’em, Jonjo Jury will be on the decks with Tasty Tim and Jacqui Potato in the basement.
Dalston Superstore present their annual fundraiser event, raising funds for vulnerable members of our community. “As the values of the politicians ‘representing’ us move ever further away from our own,” they explain, “now more than ever it is important to come together to celebrate diversity, difference and all of the things that make our East London LGBT+ community so vibrant and powerful.” All proceeds will go to UK Lesbian and Gay Immigration Group. Music from Cheriii aka Florian Dovillez, Marie Malarie (Homodrop Ldn), Dan Beaumont (Chapter 10), Gin (Goldsnap) and more, with art from the Queer Space exhibition (opening 6th July).
For the first time ever, Pride in London present an official ladies-only after-party, a night of quality entertainment in a “true celebration of female power and diversity.” On the decks, expect Anna Cee, Rocke, Bae2Bae and Sami Kubu. Last call tickets are still available.
Alt-pop night Douche Bag present their first ever post-Pride party at the “messy, sweaty” Star of Bethnal Green. With Laurence Del Rey, Mikey XCX, and special guest MSC4MSC DJing, expect the likes of MIA, Lorde, Marina & The Diamonds, Crystal Castles, Grimes, and Years & Years until the early hours of the morning. Guaranteed entry tickets still available.
Absolut Pride by Private Life will be taking over the Groucho Club in the heart of Soho from 2pm onwards. There’ll be free drinks handed out as the Limited Edition Pride 2017 Absolut bottle is launched. The party then continues at Egg London until 8am on Sunday.
The Day After:
Recover with a picnic and some music in Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, with live music and spoken word with UK Black Pride. There will be a dog show, a baking competition, sports events, and various food and drink stalls.
Queer British Art
If you haven’t already caught Tate Britain’s landmark exhibition, it’s the perfect daytime activity for Pride weekend. Read our review here. The gallery also has various LGBT+ themed free displays.
Desire, Love, Identity
The British Museum currently has a small, free display of artefacts from around the world and across several millennia, Desire, love, identity: exploring LGBTQ histories. From Roman emperor Hadrian to contemporary Japanese drag queens, the show promises to present “stories that have often been overlooked or underrepresented.”
Queer Theatre: Readings at the National Theatre
Between 6th and 10th July, the National Theatre presents rehearsed readings of seminal queer plays by world-class actors and directors. The lineup includes Wig Out by Tarell Alvin McCraney (who co-wrote Moonlight) and Bent by Martin Sherman, directed by Stephen Daldry.
Fighting Stigma Panel and Milk Screening
Levi’s are hosting a panel discussion and film screening of Milk at the Regent Street cinema. The Oscar-winning film tells the story of Harvey Milk, whose nephew is a major beneficiary of Levi’s, who release an annual Pride collection. A lineup of celebrities and community leaders will discuss the theme of this year’s collection: Fight Stigma.
Unicorn Nights presents Oscar-winning Moonlight as part of Pride in London Festival 2017 and UK Black Pride – in case you haven’t yet seen it. Showing at 3.30pm at The Prince Charles Cinema, tickets are available online.
Jon Brittain’s play is currently being revived at the Arts Theatre until 15th July. The critically acclaimed comedy explores contemporary issues around gender and sexuality: “Alice wants to come out as a lesbian. Her girlfriend Fiona wants to start living as a man named Adrian. Now, as he begins his transition, Alice faces a question she never thought she’d ask… does this mean she’s straight?” Check out our interview with Jon Britain here. Tickets start at £15.00.
2017 sees the inaugural Zeal, a festival of improvised entertainment. Expect improvised games, comedy, theatre, musicals, drag acts, stand-up and cabaret from queer performers and allies, established acts and brand new talent. There will also be various workshops for anyone wanting to give improv a try. The activities are spread across seven venues and seven nights, with tickets ranging from free to just £8.
Penguin Pride at Proud
Penguin Pride this year present a night of live music, performance poetry, photography and more at Proud Camden. There will be readings by Matthew Todd and Paul Flynn, panel discussions featuring the likes of Rebecca Stinson (Stonewall), Fox Fisher, and Zee Gachett, performances from poets Toby Campion, Keith Jarrett and MC Angel, and an exclusive acoustic set from Bloc Party’s Kele Okereke. Tickets are still available, with £1 from every purchase donated directly to Stonewall.
Deliveroo have unveiled a new look for Pride in London until 9th July. Deloveroo now has a rainbow logo and both the app and various riders will be getting a makeover. MEATliquor, Yo! Sushi, Burger King, Motu and Crust Bros have all created special Pride-themed dishes, such as rainbow sushi and heart-shaped pizza. MEATliquor and Bubbledogs will both be setting up in Trafalgar Square on the 8th, serving up limited-edition burgers and hot dogs.