Pride in London is run entirely by a group of volunteers. Passionate about equality and diversity, together they’re on a mission to provide a platform for every part of London’s LGBT+ community (that’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, queer, questioning, intersex, non-binary, asexual, polysexual, genderqueer and gender variant folk) and to campaign for the freedoms that would allow them to live their lives on a genuinely equal footing.
This year’s Pride celebrations kicked off earlier in June and will run for a month. There are over a hundred fun events set to take place across the capital, spanning arts, culture, sports, comedy and, of course, serious nightlife.
As a not-for-profit organisation, all funds raised will be used to support the LGBT+ community. E1 Life presents our edit of some of the highlights set to take place across the capital in the name of equality.
The talented LGBT+ community of London will keep you entertained all night long with music, dance, comedy, acrobatics, bands – and even a choir. The event is directed and produced by none other than Ian Massa-Harris-McFeely and hosted by Michael Twaits.
2 July; 7:45pm – 10:30pm
Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX
LGBT summer picnic
You can’t beat a chilled out afternoon on Hampstead Heath. Enjoy a drink and a bite to eat with friends, old and new, in the summer sun. Rustle up a gourmet feast of your own, or just grab a take away and chill.
24 June; 2pm – 6pm
After the super successful Pride’s Got Talent, Pride in London has teamed up with The Hospital Club to present The Pride in London Talent Sessions. The evening will be hosted by cabaret legend Michael Twaits and features some highlights from Pride’s Got Talent 2018 together with the stupendous Mzz Kimberley. Preview some of the hottest, brightest LGBT+ talent in town. Directed by the infamous Ian Massa Harris.
29 June; 7:30pm – 10:30pm
The Hospital Club
24 Endell Street, WC2H 9HQ
LGBT+ ping pong
Let the games begin! Who wouldn’t want to while away a Sunday afternoon with ping pong, wonderball and a games guru experience, plus friendly banter, a few drinks and a bite to eat with other great people in the LGBT+ community? To battle it out with some back-and-forth, head straight for Bounce in Farringdon.
17 June; 3:30pm – 7:30pm
121 Holborn, EC1N 2TD
International lesbian speed dating
Can you think of a better way to spend the magical evening of the summer solstice than in the company of a lot of lovely lesbians? Nope, us neither. This speed dating extravaganza will be fun, full of promise – and who knows, you might even meet someone special. Whether it’s your first time or you’ve speed dated before, one thing is guarranteed: it’ll be an unforgettable night.
21 June; 7:30pm – 10pm
Retro Bar, 2 George Court, WC2N 6HH
Whitney (2018), exclusive London preview
Fresh from the Festival de Cannes, OUT at Clapham has announced an exclusive screening of Whitney (2018). The documentary, directed by Kevin MacDonald, follows the life and music of the voice and the legend that defined a generation. Fans of the ultimate diva should expect insights into the success, life and troubles of arguably the greatest voice of the 20th-century from those who knew her best.
3 July; 8:30pm – 9:30pm
Clapham Picturehouse, Venn Street, SW4 0AT
Morning Gloryville’s 5th Birthday
Morning Gloryville is the original morning dance party. Having blazed the sober morning rave trail, it is responsible for bringing conscious clubbing to the world stage, and on 7 July it celebrates its fifth birthday party on the beautiful outdoor garden terrace of Studio 338. Warm up for Pride celebrations the right way: at a biodegradable glittery, fancy dress rave and shake your stuff while the DJ delivers a banging dance floor. To help fuel the party, there will be yummy vegan food, yoga, massages and healing on offer.
7 July; 10am – 4pm
Studio 338, 338 Boord Street, SE10 0PF
Visit www.prideinlondon.org/events to book your chosen events and support the community!