July might mean the close of Pride Month 2022, but it certainly doesn’t mean the end of celebrations. Not only is the annual London Pride parade taking place on Saturday July 2 but Friday July 1 to Sunday July 3 – and the days beyond – will see plenty more events going on across the capital.
From parties, festivals and drag brunches to art exhibitions, MyLondon has rounded up some of the most exciting happenings going on during and in the build up to Pride weekend especially for the city’s LGBTQ+ community. Plus, a few afterwards because, why should the party have to stop?
Time to grab your flag, don your best glad rags and hit those streets to get it started.
Pride Lates at the Science Museum
The Science Museum is marking 50 years of Pride with an adults-only Pride Lates, hosted in collaboration with Pride in London on Wednesday June 29. Just ahead of the London Pride weekend, this after-hours weeknight event will feature performances from a number of cabaret and burlesque drag artists, as well as interactive workshops, Q&As and talks led by members of the LGBTQ+ community.
Among those performing are Adam All and Apple Derrieres, the hosts ofBOiBOX, plus Romeo De La Cruz, Dolly Trolley and Kim Moan Ho. Visitors can also drop-in to the silent disco led by gal-dem columnist and DJ Aisha Mirza, the Pride Pub Quiz or get made-up in the Drag Zone.
The event takes place from 6.30pm until 10pm and is free but ticketed. More information and to book free tickets here.
Big Pride LGBTQ+ Boat Party
Celebrate Pride In London in one of the best ways possible: onboard a party boat sailing away down the Thames along with up 350 other guests. Held on Saturday July 2 by Like It, Love It, the Big Pride LGBTQ+ Boat Party lasts three hours and promises a musical backdrop of tunes from a DJ, as well as live musicians and dancers.
Expect plenty of Pride anthems and classics from Madonna, Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Cher, Katy Perry and more. Dressing up is encouraged, particularly along the lines of ‘Ocean Beach’, ‘Rave’ and ‘Summer Glitter’. Pick up is from Tower Millennium Pier, Lower Thames St, with embarkment from 1pm and disembarkment from 4.30pm. Tickets cost from £30 – more information and to book your space here.
Pride Weekend Special Bottomless Brunches by Fabulous Beyond Productions
One of London’s most popular drag brunches, Go Gaga Bottomless Brunch by Fabulous Beyond Productions, is back with a Pride special – ‘Gaga vs Beyonce vs Ariana’ – featuring four hours of live entertainment on Saturday July 2. The UK’s number one Gaga impersonator Donna Marie, as seen on BBC 1’s Altogether Now, will perform as Lady Gaga.
The event will be held at Salsa Temple, Victoria Embankment, and kicks off at 12pm until 4pm. Tickets cost £49.95 and include the show, 1.5 hours of bottomless Prosecco and a meal. Buy tickets here.
Alternatively, if you’re looking to keep to party going the day after London’s Pride parade, there’s also a four-hour Showtime Singalong Brunch scheduled for Sunday July 3. This event will feature performances from Donna Marie, as well as Gavin Sheppard & Louise Halliday, alongside a jug of Havana rum punch and 90 minutes of bottomless bubbles, mimosas or OJ plus nibbles and burgers. More information and to book here.
G-A-Y Pride at Heaven
As one of London’s most famous and historic LGBTQ+ nightclubs, Heaven is, naturally, ready to serve up a good post-parade time on Saturday July 2. Revellers ready to party can head to the G-A-Y Pride CASCADA & RPDR S14 -S14 JORGEOUS night from from 10pm until 5am.
Be ready to vibe to bangers like ‘Everytime We Touch’ and ‘Evacuate The Dancefloor’. Wrists are £8 from G-A-Y Bar – more details here.
Day & Night 12 Hour Latinx After Party at EXILIO
Keen to test your post-Pride parade stamina and dance into the early hours of Sunday morning? Look no further than the Day & Night 12 Hour Latinx After Party at Latin club EXILIO. The 1,200 capacity venue on 26 Leak Street will be hosting the lengthy celebratory festival from 4pm to 4am.
Join us for the UK’s biggest Latinx Festival Parade in Pride London which is expecting 2 Million visitors this year and 12 Hour after Latinx Festival at Leak Street; a massive 1,200 capacity venue on Saturday 2 July 2022, 4 pm – 4 am, over Saturday July 2 and Sunday July 3 after representing the Latinx LGBTQ+ community at Pride. More information here.
Queer Frontiers Pride Exhibition
Running from Wednesday June 29 to Sunday July 10, this year’s Queer Frontiers exhibition is ready to take you from Pride Month into the weekend and beyond. The fourth annual charity art exhibit spotlights work from a range of emerging and established queer artists and is run by international agency ARTIQ in partnership with Link, the LGBTQ+ Insurance Network, along with Soho Estates and Hiscox.
The event will take place at 7-9 Walker’s Court in Soho, with all artworks displayed there for sale and at least half of the proceeds donated to Albert Kennedy Trust and Outside In. The former helps LGBTQ+ young people aged 16-25 who are either homeless, at risk of homelessness or severely at risk in their home environment; the latter is dedicated to providing a platform for artists who face significant barriers to the art world due to health, disability, social circumstance, or isolation.
Pride Special Events at The Glory
Beloved East End pub and LGBTQ+ performance space The Glory has not one but two Pride Special events going on in post-parade on Saturday July 2. Up first is Keela Kraving’s Grand Show – Pride Special, from 7pm to 9pm, followed by Thirst Trap from 9pm until the early hours (3am).
Entry is free until 10pm, or £10 on the door afterwards and tunes will be provided courtesy of Princess Julia, Helen Noir, Dorothey Perkins and Cozette. Further details here.
LGBTQ+ Late at the Wallace Collection
Get geared up for the Pride weekend in style with the return of The Wallace Collection’s LGBTQI+ Late event on Friday July 1, between 6.30pm and 11pm. The evening’s celebrations have been curated by award-winning queer British painter Sadie Lee and will feature a mix of performances, music and art.
Tickets cost £8 for students, £10 for members or £12 for non-members, with access to the ‘Inspiring Walt Disney: The Animation of French Decorative Arts’ exhibit included. until 20.30. More information and to book here.
House of Holland and The London EDITION Charity Pride Brunch
Berners Tavern, the critically acclaimed restaurant from Jason Atherton located at The London EDITION hotel, is also holding a special Pride brunch on Saturday July 2. Fundraising in support of LGBTQ+ youth homelessness charity The Albert Kennedy Trust and telephone helpline Switchboard, the annual event will feature live music, a charity raffle and special guest appearances, plus a headline performance from globally-acclaimed drag stars Symone and Gigi Goode and the House of Avalon.
Guests can expect a three-course menu of plus free-flowing cocktails, with possible prizes to be in the raffle from Daniel Fletcher, Bimini Bon Boulash, Anastasia Beverley Hills, UGG®, PINKO and YOOX. Priced at £45pp (dry) or £65pp (wet) and £10 from each ticket will go directly to The Albert Kennedy Trust. There are two sittings, at 11.30am and 2.30pm. Call Berners Tavern on +44 (0) 20 7908 7979 to book tickets.
Pride Night Out and Hangover Brunch at Dalston Superstore
East London-based multipurpose queer venue Dalston Superstore has a jam packed schedule for London’s Pride weekend. Head there on Saturday July 2 for an ‘out-of-body experience’ at Celestial Bodies. The event is set to go until 4am and celebrate the talents of non-binary and trans folks, with Jaye Ward, Faff and queer band Nimmo among those named in the line-up. Tickets cost £10 before 11pm and £12 thereafter.
Need some (free) TLC on the Sunday? Dalston Superstore is also be hosting a Pride Hangover Brunch with alt-cabaret and TikTok star Bailey J Mills from 12pm to 5pm, complete with games, quizzes, shows and prizes. More information and to book for free here.
Power Bottoms Pride Afterparty
Saturday July 2 also sees the return of popular drag club night Power Bottoms to neon-lit basement club and bar The White Swan. Head there from 10.30pm for the special Pride Afterparty. Hosted by Keela Kraving, the post-parade event will include drag performances, Go-go dancing plus tunes from some of London’s best drag DJs.
It’s set to go on until 4am, with shows from 12.30am. Get tickets in advance for £13 here, with a limited supply available on the door.
Pride Dishes and Drinks at Market Halls Oxford Street
Community-focused dining destination Market Halls Oxford Street will be hosting vibrant celebrations for Pride in London between Monday June 27 and Sunday July 10. Guests can also try a range of Pride-inspired dishes and drinks from Market Halls’ eateries and bars.
Special dishes include a pink beetroot infused radiatori with fresh basil pesto from Pasta Evangelists for £9.50 and a rainbow roll for £9.95 from Inamo Sukoshi. Gourmet kebab chain Le Bab is offering a Proud to be Bab flatbread (£9.99) and fruity layered vodka Taste the Rainbow cocktail (£12), with £1 per dish sold donated to Mind Out, a mental health charity run by LGBTQ people, for LGBTQ people. Market Halls will also be donating £1 per Pride cocktail.
Pride Saturday Night Party at Two Brewers
Premier drag cabaret club and dance pub Two Brewers has been serving LGBTQ+ Londoners for 40 years and it’s not about to stop this Pride. The legendary establishment on Clapham High Street will hold a Saturday Night Party from 5pm to 4am on July 2, with additional events on the Friday and Sunday as well.
Saturday evening’s celebrations will be led by London-based queens Poppycock (from 8.30pm) and Mary Mac (from 10.30pm), with DJs to follow. You can get in for free before 8pm or for £9 after then. Find more information here.
Duckie at Royal Vauxhall Tavern
It’s a special evening at long-standing LGBTQ+ institution the Royal Vauxhall Tavern on Saturday July 2, and not just because it’s London Pride 2022. Vauxhall’s beloved gay club and cabaret hotspot is hosting its last Duckie event. Get there between 9pm and 4am if you don’t want to miss the queer collective’s ironic Gay Shame Pride day party, brought back for one last time.
Saturday’s special event will be hosted by Amy Lamé, with performers including Bourgeois & Maurice, Thick & Tight, Amerika and more. Tickets cost £22.
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