London Gay Pride Event – Summer 2017


This year’s London LGBT+  Pride parade will be held on Saturday 8 July 2017.

The parade and march will end a whole fortnight of celebrations and festivities, which run from 24 June to 9 July 2017 in London.

The theme for Pride in London 2017 is ‘Love Happens Here’, marking 50 years since Parliament first voted to legalise homosexuality in the UK.

The march will centre on a message of hope, acceptance, activism and love.

The Parade will run through central London for 2 kilometres ending with a major showcase in Trafalgar Square on Saturday 8 July, featuring live entertainment, celebrities and parties. Also this year, competition Pride’s Got Talent will give new and emerging talent in the LGBT+ community the chance to perform onstage at Pride in London.

The event is completely free and London’s second biggest one day event!

The whole Pride in London week will see a host of cultural, sporting, political, artistic and faith events running across the capital.

Run by a community group, Pride in London is a voluntary organisation which won a Greater London Authority tender to run the Pride celebrations until 2018.

For further information check out Pride London’s website or Pride in London’s Facebook page.

Pride Festival 2017: More Details

Queer & Now: officially Launching Pride in London Festival
DATE: Sat 24 Jun, 2pm-10pm. VENUE: Tate Britain. ENTRANCE: Free
The official launch of Pride in London Festival 2017 with Tate Britain. In the daytime there will be activities for families, stalls and food, inside and outside on the gallery lawn, as well as talks and performances within the main collection, which will highlight related collection works and contemporary displays. The evening (from 6pm) will see the gallery filled with music and performance, talk and discussion, bringing together key contemporary voices and perspectives from across the LGBT+ community.

A Big Gay Iftaar
DATE: Sat 24 Jun 8pm-11.30pm. VENUE: St Andrew’s Church, Southwark. ENTRANCE: £15.
Bringing together the Muslim and LGBT+ communities to open a fast together during Ramadan, otherwise known as ‘iftaar’. The intention is to talk to one another, learn about each others’ faiths, cultures and sexualities and spread some love. Food will be provided and the event is open to everyone, regardless of background or sexuality.

Saucy Soho Tours
DATES: Sun 25 Jun & Sat 1 Jul 1pm and Wed 28 Jun, Mon 3 – Sat 8 Jul, 7pm. VENUE:Meeting place: Palace Theatre, Cambridge Circus. ENTRANCE: £15.
Join three Westminster Guides for an intimate look at some of the characters who’ve minced, lived and loved down Soho’s streets. Cheeky historical tours of Soho that end with a pub stop.

Jerry Weeks: “All we need is Love? What 1967 meant for us.”
DATE: Mon 26 Jun 2.30pm-4.30pm. VENUE: Opening Doors London, Tavistock Square. ENTRANCE: Free
Activist, historian, sociologist and author Jeffrey Weeks traces LGBT+ history through the long and haphazard journey from 1967’s Summer of Love to where we are today. Presented in association with Opening Doors London, the biggest charity providing information and support services for older LGBT+ people in London and the UK.

Britain on Film: LGBT Britain
DATE: Tue 27 Jun 6pm. VENUE: BFI Southbank. ENTRANCE: £6.50
The Independent Cinema Office’s new LGBT+ series of archive film programmes premiers at BFI Southbank as part of Pride in London Festival ahead of a UK tour.

Rosie Wilby Book Launch
DATE:Thu 29 Jun 7pm-9pm. VENUE: Gays The Word bookshop, Bloomsbury. ENTRANCE: Free
The radio broadcaster and writer launching her new book. Mixing humour, heartache and science, Is Monogamy Dead? details Rosie’s very personal quest to find out why Western society is clinging to a concept that doesn’t work that well for some of us and is laden with ambiguous assumptions.

Pride Prom 2017
DATE: Sat 1 Jul 7.30pm. ENTRANCE: £9 / £10 on the door.
Strictly under 18s only. An under 18s LGBT+ youth event in a healthy and safe environment. An evening of entertainment from LGBT+ performers and DJs, with no alcohol in collaboration with Mosaic LGBT Youth Centre.

London Gay Symphony Orchestra’s 21st Anniversary Concert
DATE: Sun 2 Jul 7pm. VENUE: St John’s Smith Square, Westminster. ENTRANCE: £10 – £15.
The UK’s oldest LGBT+ orchestra celebrates its 21 years of LGBT+ music-making featuring Russian classics as well as a new commission from Michael Finnissy, winner of two 2015 British Composer Awards.

City Dash Game
DATE: Sun 2 Jul 2pm-4pm. VENUE: Starting point is central Soho and revealed to bookers in advance. ENTRANCE: £20
A high-energy, immersive, Soho-based treasure hunt meets hide & see, specially themed for the LGBT+ community as part of the Pride in London Festival.

LGBT+ Picnic in the Park
DATE: Sun 2 Jul 2pm-5pm. VENUE: Victoria Park, Hackney. ENTRANCE: Free
A special Pride Picnic organised by the Victoria Park Friends Group, with entertainment from local favourites Shkembe Soup – bringing Arabic/Turkish/Roma Gypsy Music & dance with a rock & roll twist – the ever popular Broken Swing Band and drag artist Ruby Galore.

The Pride in London Spectacular 2017
DATE: Mon 3 Jul 7pm onwards. VENUE: Paradiso Spiegltent at London Wonderground at Southbank Centre. ENTRANCE: Price £15.50 / £14 concession
A night of music and entertainment profiling the amazing talents from London’s LGBT+ community. Mixing established artists with newcomers from the community in the glorious surroundings of the Paradiso Spiegltent at London Wonderground at Southbank Centre, expect a glittering jewel of an evening as part of the Pride in London Festival 2017.

Marlene Dietrich: The Ultimate Gay Icon
DATE: Thu 6 Jul 7.30pm. VENUE: The Cinema Museum, Lambeth. ENTRANCE: £11.50.
A discussion and screening at The Cinema Museum exploring the career and life of one of cinema’s most enigmatic, sexually fluid performers.

Jake Graf: In Discussion
DATE: Thu 6 Jul 6.15pm. VENUE: Warner Brothers HQ, Holborn. ENTRANCE: Free
A series of screenings of Jake’s short films Dusk (2017), Chance (2015) and Headspace (2017) followed by discussions with Jake on them and his experience of transgender life.

National Theatre partnership
DATE: Thu 6 – Mon 10 Jul. VENUE: National Theatre, Southbank. ENTRANCE: Various, see website.
Pride in London and National Theatre are collaborating on a series of events during the festival period. The events mark the first time that the National has staged a Queer Theatre event series. Events will include readings directed by Tarrell Alvin-McCraney, Polly Stenham and Stephen Daldry; a new exhibition in the Lyttleton Foyer, In Visible Ink and Platform events.

Southbank Surfing Pride Party
DATE: Sat 8 Jul 8pm. VENUE: Clerkenwell & Social, 2-5 St Johns Square. ENTRANCE: £8 – £12 in advance online / £15 on the door.
An all-inclusive LGBT+ party for you, your friends and straight allies with two floors, two bars and a host of DJs.

Summer in London
DATES: Sat 9 Jul – Sat 29 Jul, eves 7.30pm, matinees Thu and Sat 2.30pm. VENUE: Theatre Royal Stratford East, Stratford. ENTRANCE: £12 – £25
Theatre Royal Stratford East present a hilarious new romcom with a vibrant transgender cast written and directed by Rikki Beadle-Blair.