London Pride Festival
In June London will be covered in the glint of sunlight reflecting off sequins as the annual Pride Parade hits the streets. This year is special as it commemorates the 45th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in New York so you can expect a super effort from the organisers to make it one to remember.
It wouldn’t be a Pride Festival without a fancy, flamboyant parade through the streets. Everyone gets glitzed and glammed up in their best party wear and heads out to see the show, rival only to the Notting Hill Carnival.
The route kicks off at the entirely reasonable hour of 1pm from Baker Street; you won’t be able to miss the huge crowds. Then it heads off down Oxford Street and Regent Street, which will be closed to traffic in a show of support from the authorities. Eventually the mobile party heads past Piccadilly and winds up at Trafalgar Square.
Once you reach Trafalgar Square there will be a fabulous party with live music, food stalls and an atmosphere of the campest nightclub you have ever seen. Speaking of nightclubs, pretty much the whole night-time scene in London will be hosting some sort of party tonight.
Not far from Trafalgar Square and right by Covent Garden is one of best kept secrets in London, Phoenix Artists Club. Officially it is a member’s only club but you can usually pay your membership on your first visit as long as you get there early. If you do you will be in good company as quite a few celebs frequent the place.
For something a little less polished try Koko on Camden High Street. This is more like a regular club and they often have live bands, which makes for a lively atmosphere.
While Saturday 28th June will be amazing you may not realise that this is just the culmination of a whole week’s worth of LGBT themed events across the city. There will be lectures, art exhibitions, parties, film screenings and more in support of the LGBT cause. So grab your rainbow flag and join in the fun.