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Pride in London 2019: seven things to do this weekend

From Queer Carnivals to Black Pride, let's celebrate the capital's diversity

We admit we hadn’t been to Pride in London for aeons until last year (instead defecting more often to Brighton’s annual bash). But after enjoying a most uplifting experience in 2018 with a million others, we can’t wait for this weekend’s events.

As we all know, sadly it’s not all celebration: the much-reported rise in homophobic attacks and all things right-wing, in addition to the closure of LGBT spaces, means there is definitely a protest element as much as a joyous one.

But whether it’s about diversity, activism or demonstration, this year, of course, Pride also marks 50 years since the Stonewall Riots and the birth of the modern LGBTQ+ rights movement.

So let’s not forget that momentous fact as we march, dance and keep campaigning for a genuinely equal footing. After all, which queer couple – even in 2019 – can honestly say they feel safe holding hands spontaneously in public at all times, in all areas?


On a practical note: the parade sets off from Portland Place at 12pm (midday), moving down Oxford Circus, along Regent Street to Piccadilly Circus, Lower Regent Street, Pall Mall and then passing Trafalgar Square before finishing on Whitehall around 530pm. The organisers advise you avoid busy locations such as Trafalgar Square.

And from the hundreds of Pride-related events across every corner of the city, here are just over half a dozen to consider.

7 things to do this Pride Weekend

Last year’s Black Pride. Photo: Black Pride

UK Black Pride
It’s back this year north of the river, Sun 7th July, 12 midday onwards, free entry, Haggerston Park E2, more here

The Glory at the River Stage
Annual Thames-side bash right on the South Bank, free entry, 5th-7th July, more on our sister title here

Club Kali
The Tufnell Park institution takes over Jerusalem bar, W1, Sat 6th July, more here

Duckie’s Gay Shame
This railway arches rave was a highlight last year, Vauxhall Tavern SE11, Sat 6th July, more here

Queer Carnival
Little Gay Brother host their most enormo party yet at Flat Iron Square and Omeara, SE1, Sat 6th July, more here

Lez Pride
Right in the West End is this after party at Simmons Bar W1, 6th July, more here

Family Pride
Rainbow fun for all ages at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden WC2, 7th July, more here

The Pride in London Parade starts at Portland Place and central London W1, 12midday onwards 6th July. More info:

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