Guide to Pride in London

This weekend, it’s time to get ready for one of the biggest Pride celebrations of the year: London’s own Pride festival. This year, the theme is Pride Heroes, so get ready to dress up as your own personal pride hero, famous or unsung. All LGBT+ community members are welcome to attend the festivities, and to put the best attitude forward and support equality.

The Parade:

One of the biggest aspects of Pride is, of course, the parade. Beginning at Baker Street on Saturday at 13:00, the parade this year is set to be huge, with over 258 groups registered to participate. Make sure you grab a great area to watch — just make sure you don’t jump in, as only registered groups are allowed to take part.

Take a look at the parade route below:

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Entertainment:

After the parade make sure to hit up one of the three stages that will be bustling with entertainment:

Pride in Trafalgar Square:

–  Major acts include BLUE, Collabro and Rebecca Ferguson, Bright Light Bright Light and BB Diamons

– Free Entry (but £3 suggested donation)

– Nearest tube: Charing Cross

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Women’s Stage:

– Performers include finalists from Pride’s Got Talent 2015

– Free entry

– Nearest tube: Leicester Square, Piccadilly Circus, Tottenham Court Road

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Cabaret Stage:

– Stage Entertainment from 13:00 – 19:30

– Free Entry

– Nearest tube: Leicester Square, Piccadilly Circus, Tottenham Court Road

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Nightlife:

If you’re still full of energy after the parade and the shows, take your party out on the town. London is home to some of the best gay and lesbian clubs in the world, and you have your pick. It may get a bit crowded this weekend, but if you can brave the masses you’ll be out dancing until the wee hours f the morning. Check out some of our favorite places below:

(left to right: Heaven, Blush, Dalston Superstore, Freedom Bar, The Shadow Lounge)

Pride in the Park:

After you’ve seen the parade and all the great acts on Saturday, take some down time with Pride in the Park on Sunday. Starting at 13:00, Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens in association with UK Black Pride will play host to live entertainment, music, dance, sports, stalls, food and drinks, and the presentation of the Pride in London Parade Awards.

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The Soundtrack:

Need some great tunes to get your weekend started? Check out our Pride Week Playlist below. It’s full of iconic, danceable tracks to keep your weekend upbeat!

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