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Big Gay London Events 2021

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This year’s big events in London may be falling away again because of Covid-19 (See: 2020!), but there’s still lots going on virtually, and lots planned for later in the year.  We remain ever hopeful that events in London’s pubs and bars, including cabaret, club nights, performances, quizzes, bingo and more, roar back with a vengeance; and that we see the return of live theatre, concerts and performances.

Check out our Gay London Bars and Pubs listings for more info, and remember to contact the venue in advance.

West End Theatre at home: Check out’s handy guide to watching West End Shows @ Home to watch theatre from the comfort of your own sofa. Plus some West End Theatres are back this Autumn – see for details.

CHECK OUT OUR COVID-19 ADVICE FOR MORE INFORMATION. Many events have been postponed or cancelled, and attractions, restaurants, pubs, theatres and other venues have temporarily closed. Check each venue directly for further details

2021 London Events

17 – 28 March 2021

FESTIVAL: BFI Flare LGBTQI+ Film Festival 2021

London’s biggest queer film festival is back in 2021. Yes, okay, it still means having to huddle over our TV’s like in 2020 to see some of the best LGBTQI+ cinema around; and being all together in the dark was always going to be a better scenario. But this time the BFI folks have had time to get organised, and we are excited about the program of movies of virtual events. Click below to see the full program and get booking – things are actually selling out, albeit virtually.

Venue: Online (BFI website)

19 – 25 April 2021

FESTIVAL: National Student Pride Festival 2021

Virtual this year because of Covid, but still promising students everywhere a fun festival of interviews, panels, club nights, performances and more.

Venue: Online (Student Pride website)

14 August 2021

EVENT: Drag Fest London 2021

Re-scheduled from March, the mega festival of all things DRAG is finally back, with live performances a plenty plus a drag market, comedy stage and more. Features some of the UK’s top drag queens plus a host of Drag Race stars.

Venue: Studio 338, 338 Boord Street, London, SE10 0PF (Drag Fest on Eventbrite)

4 September 2021

EVENT: Mighty Hoopla 2021

Hoopla indeed! After last year’s cancellation, the Mighty Hoopla is getting back on track for another round of 7 stages of pop-tastic music. Except it is SOLD OUT – because of last year’s eager beavers, although there’s a waiting list – so check their website

Venue: Brockwell Park, Brixton (Mighty Hoopla website)

11 September 2021

FESTIVAL: Pride in London 2021

London’s biggest annual LGBTQ+ festival is back! The Pride in London organisation has announced the 2021 date – 11 September – based on latest UK government guidelines. Whether it will include the normal parade through London and big Trafalgar Square festival is unclear but expected, and Pride are also trying to find some way to mark the traditional anniversary in the Summer. We’ll keep you posted, but also check out the Pride in London website.

Venue: Central London, various (Pride in London website)

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