Circa Soho and Circa: The Club
Circa Soho has fast become one of the best venues to party outside at Pride in London, and this Saturday (7 Jul) its legendary street party kicks off at 1pm and keeps jumping right through until 4am, with resident DJs turning some of the hottest house, pop and R&B in town. And if that wasn’t enough fun for one day, over in the recently launched Circa: The Club from 11pm, DJs Sam Londt, Jonathan Bestley and Adam Turner deliver London’s newest LGBT venue’s first Pride celebration until a super-late 5am.
Carry on partying at Comptons
The Grande Dame of Soho, Comptons, helps you celebrate Pride in London in style this Saturday (7 Jul) when resident DJ Alex Eugenio welcomes special guest Dom Top to the decks for a day packed full with disco, soulful and classic house. Expect both floors to be packed with revellers of every persuasion and a super-late closing time.
The Yard Soho
The Yard is one of our favourite places to hang out all year round, but when it comes to Pride in London weekend it really is one of the best bars in town. This Pride the venue hosts an all-day party like no other, complete with great music, an extra bar in the courtyard, special Pimm’s and mojito jugs, free entry and a late 3am closing time. Throw in a hot-to-trot bar team and The Yard will be one of the most coveted places to been seen this weekend, so get there early!
Balans’ Pride Breakfast
They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and with all the Pride in London festivities ahead of you on Saturday (7 Jul) why not indulge with a champagne breakfast at Balans? Your feast awaits at 60-62 Old Compton Street in Soho and is £42.50 per person complete with Lanson Rosé Champagne. Or, if you’d rather recover the day after, Balans champagne breakfasts are available on Sunday as well. Booking is highly recommended – do so by making your reservation by calling 0207 439 2189.
Charlie Hides at the White Swan
RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 9 superstar and Transatlantic Dame Charlie Hides takes to the stage at the White Swan in Limehouse this Pride in London night. Expect all your favourite characters, skits and jokes you’ve come to know and love from the man of many faces, plus there’ll be music and dancefloor shenanigans until the early hours. Advance tickets are available at the bar priced at £6 or you can book online at bjswhiteswan.com
Pride weekend at the George and Dragon
Join The Duchess as she welcomes as many guests to her stage as there are colours in the classic rainbow flag (that’s six, in case you’re ever asked at a pub quiz). On Thursday (5 Jul) Crystal D’Canter takes over the Piano Bar while on Friday the glam Miss Penny is your star turn. On Pride in London night there’s fun from the one and only Myra DuBois, while on Sunday your entertainment comes in the form of Dave Lynn, Mary Mac and Miss Jason. Why Duchess, with this Pride in London line up you are really spoiling us…
Pride at Her Upstairs
This year the Her Upstairs family are teaming up with the guys from Clonezone for a Pride in London special this Saturday (7 Jul). Not only will this new business collaboration have a float in the Parade, but back at home in Camden from 4pm a who’s who of performers and club kids take to the stage for a 12-hour extravaganza, including Myra DuBois (7pm showtime), Lilly Snatchdragon, Herr, Meth, Vinegar Strokes, Tracy Barlow, Cheryl Hole, Ophelia Love and loads more. Book your tickets now via outsavvy.com
A trio of DJs at Rupert Street
Sexy Soho boozer Rupert Street is one of the West End’s prime locations at which to soak up the Pride in London atmosphere and come mid-afternoon the team welcome a trio of DJs to the decks. From 4pm it’s Zach Burns, Miguel takes over at 7pm and DJ JB keeps the party going from 10pm until the bar’s 2am closing time. Rupert Street will also have two express bars to reduce queue time plus lots of Pride giveaway goodies throughout the day as well.
Pride weekend at the Old Ship
Those lovelies over in Limehouse are in for a treat this Pride in London weekend when former Drag Idol winner Son of a Tutu hits the stage on Saturday (7 Jul) from 9.30pm, while the next day the fabulous Maisie Trollette is your Sunday night entertainment, again from 9.30pm.
Drags galore at the Admiral Duncan
Right in the middle of Old Compton Street, the Admiral Duncan is always a hot house of cabaret acts, but this Pride we reckon it surpasses even its own record with this avalanche of sequins and feathers. Expect fun on stage from Martha D’Arthur, Crystal D’Canter, Vicki Vivacious, Miss Jason, Sum Ting Wong, Sandra and loads more.
Pride night at The Victoria
Those of you heading back to North London after the West End Pride celebrations on Saturday night will be happy to know that cabaret icon Dave Lynn will be live on stage at The Victoria in Walthamstow from midnight. Entry is free all night plus DJ Matt will be spinning the decks for a cool six hours from 9pm until 3am.
Introducing Prowler Red
Prowler Red is the new Soho-based shop from the guys at the iconic Prowler store on Brewer Street and it’s now open for you to peruse its goods – just in time for the Pride in London celebrations this weekend. Found at 50 Old Compton Street (at what was Fifty&Dean), Prowler Red specialises primarily in fetishwear, so it’s the place to head if you want a sexy piece of leather or rubber for the big day this Saturday (7 Jul). Stock up on lube, condoms and poppers while you’re there, too.
Your XXXtra special Pride Mastery
Mastery promoter Brew Hunter is back at The Backstreet this Pride in London with an XXXtra special edition of his sex, smoke and submission party from 10pm. Taking place on Saturday night (7 Jul), expect a leather and rubber dress code, and dirty, cruisey beats from DJ Rob C. But before all that, earlier in the day there’s a pre-Pride breakfast at Gear London on Great Eastern Street from 9am until 11am, where you can get changed and check bags in at the coatcheck, and later from 6pm there’ll be drinks, snacks, live demos and a meet ‘n’ greet back at Gear until 11pm.
Your Pride weekend at Sailors sauna
Those lovelies over in Limehouse-based sauna Sailors have an action-packed Pride in London weekend planned for you in more ways than one, if you catch our drift… A three-day pass is just £30 and gets you entry to its East End chippy night on Friday (6 Jul) from 6pm until 8pm, Pride night cruise session and sleepover on Saturday, and the hot and cold buffet on Sunday, again from 6pm until 8pm. Buy your pass in person at the front desk this Friday evening.
The AIDS Histories & Cultures Festival 2018
This festival is taking place across London throughout 2018 and is open to all. It aims to explore how HIV/AIDS has been experienced, represented and remembered over the past 35+ years through events including workshops, film screenings, party nights, music, talks and performance. Highlights this week include two concerts and interviews with 85 year old Joseph Sonnabend, featuring music written by him at the height of the battle against AIDS in New York City, when he was 65 years old. Shows take place at the Fitzrovia Chapel on Saturday (7 Jul) at 7.30pm and Sunday from 11.30am.
Bristol’s Pride Festival fortnight
Bristol’s very own Pride Festival is up and running and continues until 15 July with events this week including the Pride Dog Show (7 Jul), a Trans Men and Trans Masculine Meet Up (7 Jul), and Pride Gaming (8 Jul). See more details at bristolpride.co.uk/week
Weekend highlights at the London Hotel Southampton
Drag superstar Martha D’Arthur hosts her music box karaoke every Thursday from 9pm, while the London Podium sees a double helping of drag every Sunday from 8pm.