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10 Best Ways to Celebrate Pride in London 2022

Pride month ends at the end of June with the iconic Pride Parade winding its way through central London, which will be awash with revelers and revelers celebrating that love is love. If you’re looking to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community, here’s The Resident’s pick on how to do it in style…

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1 Pride in London 2022 Parade, Central London

Celebrating 50 years in July, the Pride in London parade is always big, but this one will be especially big. The parade will use this milestone to take stock and pay tribute to the accomplishments of members of the LGBTQ+ community who came before them, while looking ahead to the next 50 years while acknowledging the challenges the community still faces. The parade card outlines the route of the cavalcade from Hyde Park Corner to Whitehall Place, so you can work out where to grab a spot.

When: Saturday July 2

Time: starts at 12 p.m.

Tickets: Free

Location: Starts at Hyde Park Corner and ends at White Hall Place

Website: prideinlondon.org

2 Pride in London, West End

Central London will be partying after the parade, with Pride in London setting up four stages in the area – Trafalgar Square, Leicester Square, Golden Square and the Dean Street Soho Stage. Collectively, more than 100 artists will take to the stage, with Ava Max headlining the Trafalgar stage. Other performers include Drag Stars The Vivienne, Lawrence Chaney and Tia Kofi, plus Tony nominee Justin Vivian Bond, Cat Burns, Baby Lame and West End stars Cedric Neal, Matt Willis and the cast of & Juliet.

When: Saturday July 2

Time: Until late

Address: Stages in Trafalgar Square, Leicester Square, Golden Square and Dean Street Soho

Website: prideinlondon.org

3 Duckie: Straight Pride, Vauxhall

Farewell Duckie – the legendary arty queer party at RVT – this Pride, with their Straight Pride event, supposedly for the rich, gender fundamentalists, real dads and toxic tools – ha ha. Expect all the fun, queer performance art the night is known for, with music from Bourgeois & Maurice, Thick & Tight and “Other Acceptable Choices”, and London’s first Night Czar, Amy Blade.

When: Saturday July 2

Time: 9 p.m.-4 a.m.

Tickets: £22 in advance / £25 at the door

Address: Royal Vauxhall Tavern, 372 Kennington Lane, Vauxhall, SE11 5HY

Website: duckie.co.uk

4 CÎROC Presents: The Iconic Ball, Camden

The first-ever CÎROC Iconic Ball takes place this year, celebrating five decades of queer creativity. Hosted by Jack Mizrahi (co-writer of Netflix’s Pose’ and executive producer of HBO’s ‘Legendary’), the evening is set to see the best of the UK’s House Ballroom Community come together to compete in five categories inspired by the 50 years of the British Pride Movement. The ball supports Not A Phase, a charity for trans and gender non-conforming adults, and is organized to support queer history in partnership with Queer Britain.

Date: Thursday, June 30

Time: Doors from 7:30 p.m.

Address: Koko, 1A Camden High Street, Camden NW1 7JE

Tickets: free, but paid

Website: ciroc.com

5 London Trans+ Pride, Hyde Park Corner

Starting at Wellington Arch in Hyde Park Corner, London Tran+ Pride is a grassroots event that aims to create space for the trans, non-binary, intersex and gender non-conforming community. Head to the organization’s Facebook page for updates.

When: Saturday July 9

Time: 1:00 p.m.

Tickets: without ticket

Address: Wellington Arch, Hyde Park Corner, Apsley Way, W1J 7JZ

Website: facebook.co

6 British Black Pride

Europe’s largest Pride celebration for people of African, Asian, Caribbean, Latin American and Middle Eastern descent has passed Haggerston Park in Hackney and Vauxhall Park in Lambeth and will now take place at Queen Olympic Park Elizabeth in Stratford. The program has not been released, but expect a day of programming, protest and politics around creating space for LGBTQ+ people of color.

When: Thursday July 14

Time: to be confirmed

Tickets: Free

Address: Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, E20

Website: ukblackpride.org.uk

7 Rooftop Film Club, Stratford and Peckham

Rooftop Film Club celebrates Pride with programming in its two venues. Upcoming films include Rocketman: Sing-Along (June 30, Peckham) where you can serve your best reality Elton, and Stratford will screen The Rocky Horror Picture Show (June 30) and Hedwig and the Angry Inch (June 23)

Time: Sunset – around 9 p.m.

Tickets: from £16.95

Address: Bussey Building, 133 Rye Lane, Peckham SE15 4ST; East Roof, Level 8 Stratford Center Car Park E15 1XE

Website: rooftopfilmclub.com

8. Over the Rainbow: A Queer Tour of the British Museum,

Join queer historians Sacha and Sheldon on a rainbow-inspired tour around the mighty British Museum. Discover things and things in the museum that will resonate with the queer community while exploring the rich heritage of the community.

When: Friday, July 1

Time: 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.; 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Tickets: from £20

Address: Great Russell Street, WC1B 3DG

Website: eventbrite.com

9 Pride LGBT+ Boat Party, River Thames

All aboard for three hours of Pride hymns and party classics, presented by The Brunch Club. There’s a DJ on deck, as well as live musicians and dancers. Dress to meet Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Pet Shop Boys, Dua Lipa. Also expect one or more chants.

When: Saturday July 2

Time: 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Tickets: from £30

Address: Pick up Tower Millennium Pier, Lower Thames Street, EC3N 4 DT

Website: thebrunchclub.co.uk

10. From Mollies to Pride: LGBT+ Walking Tour of Covent Garden, Soho and Fitzrovia

Westminster LGBT Forum is hosting this fundraising walk which will raise money for the Disaster Emergency Committee’s humanitarian appeal for Ukraine. The walk will delve into the history of the capital’s sexual diversity, from the Motties and Macaroni of C18th Covent Garden to Oscar Wilde, as well as powerful stories of individuals and how subcultures grew and grew stronger on the streets and London pubs.

When: Sunday July 3

Time: 11am-12.30pm; 2:30 p.m.-4 p.m.

Tickets: from £10

Address: Meet at Charing Cross Station near Eleanor Cross, WC2N 5HF

Website: Register at eventbrite.co.uk

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