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PRIDE PLANNER: Our Top London Pride 2022 picks!

We can’t believe we can finally say it, but HAPPY PRIDE!! Damn, it’s been a long time coming and this weekend is set to be one of the biggest and best Pride celebrations London has seen.

After two years of cancellations due to the dreaded never to be named ever again, we can finally get our rainbow colours out, fly our flag and show our PRIDE!!

There’s a HUGE amount happening across the capital, so here’s our rundown of some of our TOP Pride picks.


ATHENA PRIDE


Head on down to The Eagle on Pride night for another night of epic ‘80s action. Famed
throwback party Athena will be taking over the queer favourite, with the very best sounds
and sights of the decade served up by resident DJs Paul and Gareth. It’ll be a night of putting the straight face back into the ‘80s – a decade when fierce meant fierce, and a surly pout was the essential dance floor accessory. Now in its fifth year, the night continues so be one of London’s most inclusive, fun and authentic eighties parties.

Saturday, 2nd July. 9pm – 4am.
Eagle London, 349 Kennington Lane, SE11 5QY.

Nearest Station: Vauxhall.


BRIDGE BAR PRIDE


Tucked in snug under a railway arch, The Bridge is a favourite with gays far and wide, but
especially those who reside in the city’s gayest neighbourhood. Offering delicious cocktails
and a whole bunch of wine, the bar is the perfect spot to be day drinking this summer thanks to the generous outdoor seating area. Just steps away from the station, you can gather your pals for an evening you may or may not remember, where the tasty tipples just keep flowing. They’re celebrating Pride in typical Bridge fashion with Thursday legend Chanel No.5 and resident DJ Leo.

Open Monday – Sunday.
The Bridge Clapham, 8 Voltaire Road SW4 6DH.

Nearest Station: Clapham High Street.


CIRCA PRIDE 

Tanned, muscled and always down for a good time, the Circa crowd know how to party. This will be especially true over Pride in London when both venues will be opening their doors until the early hours. Three parties will be popping off for 15 hours, with ten DJs taking to the decks to make sure the beats keep on coming. Among them will be music maestros Sam Londt, Raul Botella, Suki Raw, Lewis Jenkins, Doug Dee, Rodrigo Tancredi, Guinny, Alex Miles, Addison White and, last but not least, Gamys. Also, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for the Circa Go Go Boys who’ll be raising the temperature down at Circa Club from 8pm.

Saturday, 2nd July. 1pm – 4am/5am.
Circa Soho, 62 Frith Street W1D 3JN
Circa Embankment/Club, Victoria Embankment WC2N 6PA.
Nearest Station: Tottenham Court Road & Embankment.


CLAPHAM GRAND PRIDE

Clapham Grand

If you’re looking for something to get you in the mood the night before, then why not join
us for The Grand’s Pre-Pride Party, where you will be treated to a full drag and cabaret
variety show featuring Drag Race UK legends. Headlined by winner of the first ever season
and current All Stars 7 All Winners contestant, The Vivienne, as well as winner of season 2
Lawrence Chaney and fan favourite Tia Kofi, the show will be jam-packed with
entertainment with London drag royalty Cleopantha, Jonbers, Louis Cyfer and Poppycock,
cocktails, games, bubbly and more!

21-25, The Clapham Grand, St John’s Hill, London SW11 1TT
Nearest Station: Clapham Junction


EGG LONDON PRIDE

For those who are dedicated to having a good time, you better make sure you’ve secured your ticket for this Pride Special. One of the latest parties the weekend will see, you can keep going ‘til dawn over at Egg. On the ground floor, you can expect sets from Boris, Cassie Raptor, Kyle E and Wax Wings, with Pagano, Frankel & Harper and Jeffrey Hinton taking the middle floor. The loft will be in the hands of UOKHUN? as hosts Mama Stylist and Brother of Set take on hosting duties. Pack yourself a portable charger because this is
going to be a late one.

Saturday, 2nd July. 11pm – 7am.
EGG LDN 5-13 Vale Royal N7 9AP.
Nearest Station: King’s Cross.


FITLADZ PRIDE

Fitladz Pride

London’s favourite sports gear and scally night is kicking off their Pride celebration with an extra special rainbow edition on Friday. Taking to the dark corners of MA1: Bunker Bar is their infamous Grey Joggers Party, where the city’s tough guys will gather for some fist-pumping action. Behind the decks will be DJs Caaro, Devilish, Markus Stones and Oli Lektric who’ll be keeping the music going into the early hours. As one of the longest-running dance and cruise party in the UK, it’s the perfect place to meet sporty lads.

Friday, 1st July. 10pm – 4am.
MA1: The
Bunker, 217-221 City Road, Shoreditch EC1V 1JN.
Nearest Station: Old Street.


FREEDOM PRIDE


When you’re feeling your oats and want to get fancy, where better to head than chandelier-clad haunt Freedom Bar. Open late throughout the week, it’s one of Soho’s most popular spots for a cocktail and a show. Always boasting a packed calendar of events, you’re sure to never have a dull night once you’ve walked through those glass doors.
On Monday, you can have a cheeky school-night out with Kinky Kabaret, where a West End performers and drag queens alike band together to serve up a show. Then on Wednesdays, it’s queens only on the stage at the joint gets High on Heels from 10pm.

Open Monday-Sunday.
60-66 Wardour Street, Soho W1F 0TA.

Nearest Station: Tottenham Court Road


GO GAGA PRIDE BRUNCH SPECIAL

Do you fancy brunch, a live show, an hour and a half of bottomless bubbles and all the Gaga hits you you handle? Look no further than one of London’s best bottomless brunch events that’ll make you want to Just Dance! If you love all things Gaga, ‘Go Gaga Brunch’ won’t fail to disappoint. The stage show features multi-award-winning Lady Gaga impersonator, sound-alike and lookalike Donna Marie, plus a host of extra-special guests. More into your show tunes? Then head to FabulousBeyondProductions.com/London to discover ‘It’s Showtime Singalong Brunch’.

Saturday, 2nd July. 12pm – 4pm.
Salsa Temple, Embankment WC2R 2PH.

Nearest Station: Temple.


HARDON PRIDE

Sexabrate your Pride with a massive pigfest, chocked full of oinksters from all across Europe and the UK. This Pride in London, expect one hell of a party featuring horny new piglets to play with. To mark the occasion, the special-edition Hard Fuck Show will feature international porn sensations Ale Tedesco, John Rodriguez and D. Dan. With slings, fuck beds, fist benches and a wet area, your mind’s the limit when it comes to playing here. Plus, DJs Brent Nicholls and Barlow will fill your hole with cock throbbing tech-house beats. Not in town on the 2nd? Don’t worry, because the HardOn you love will be back on the 23rd.

Saturday, 2nd & 23rd July. 10pm – 5am.
Union, 66 Albert Embankment SE1 7TW.

Nearest Station: Vauxhall.


HOMOSTASH PRIDE

The iconic night that celebrates face furniture is returning to the iconic Colours Hoxton for a unique celebration of Pride here in London. Expect this one to be extra special with two floors, each with its own distinct vibe. One will be dedicated to techno rave with incredible B2B headliners, and the other will be dedicated to queer happy vibes with non-stop disco. Taking to the techno decks will be Die Arkitekt, Tafkanik, Selecky, and serving disco realness is Antonio Mingot, David Ramsay and Jimmy Acid. The event is hosted by one miss Pandemi Moore with the delighted [HAWT!] taking snaps. Happy vibes, no dress code and a hot crowd!

Saturday, 2nd July. 9:30pm – 3:30am.
Colours Hoxton, 2-4 Hoxton Square N1 6NU.
Nearest Station: Old Street.


JAMIE HP PRIDE

The lads at JamieHP have a storming Pride planned for you, click on the video above for their full event lineup.

For tickets and the latest info, visit jamiehp.co.uk


KU PRIDE

Celebrate Pride in the heart of London with an entire weekend of festivities with the Ku group. Across all of their venues – Ku Bar, Ku Lounge, Little Ku and She – you can expect to hear all of your favourite Pride hits from live DJs, with plenty more room to enjoy as Ku extends their private terrace. The main bar will be glittered with confetti as they set off the canons in celebration. The handsomest bar staff in town will be ready to take your order
the minute you walk in the door. So, what are you waiting for? Slide into your tightest tee and saunter over to your nearest Ku venue.

1st – 3rd July.
Ku Bar, 30 Lisle Street WC2H
7BA & Little Ku, 25 Frith Street W1D 5LB.
Nearest Station: Leicester Square.


LGBTQ+ PRIDE BOAT PARTY

In support of Pride Month, Like It Love It are hosting a big pride boat party so members of the community can come together and celebrate on the Thames. Come sail away down the river on a boat on which you can be your absolute self and love who want. There’s always an excuse to celebrate, especially SELF-LOVE! Expect to find three hours of the best all-out
pride anthems and classics mixed up by their resident DJ, playing everything from Madonna to Beyonce. Joining upward of three hundred guests onboard, you’ll be embarking at one before you dance the afternoon away to some bangers.

Saturday, 2nd July. 1pm – 5pm.
Tower Millennium Pier, Lower Thames Street EC3N 4DT.
Nearest Station: Tower Bridge.


MASTERY PRIDE

Even if they don’t don the typical colours, leathermen love nothing more than showing their pride. To celebrate this year’s festivities, East London leather bar The Backstreet will be welcoming in a special Pride edition of Mastery. The end of an era, this will be the very last Mastery event to be hosted at Backstreet. Get up in your leather and submit to your master before the venue closes its doors. Brew Hunter will be on top form to give the place a proper send-off.

Saturday, 2nd July. 10pm – Late.
The Backstreet, Wentworth Mews,
Mile End E3 4SP. Nearest Station: Mile End


MINISTRY OF PRIDE

Not ones to miss out on the action, one of London’s most iconic music venues is putting on
their own pride event to celebrate the community. Presented alongside DJ legend Fat Tony, the daytime terrace party will be pumping out fat beats throughout the day, with the likes of Joshua James, Raw Silk and Shav Malt taking to the decks. The place will also be adorned with a bunch of fantastic performers who’ll be showing you how to really shake it, from muscled adonis Ashley Reece to his darling twink side-kick Cain. Then in the 103 – Outhouse, expect to hear mixes by Josh Harrison, Jarred Baker and Darling Peter.

Saturday, 2nd July. 2pm – 10pm.
Ministry of Sound, 103 Gaunt Street SE1 6DP.
Nearest Station: Elephant & Castle.


OLD SHIP PRIDE WEEKEND

An east-end darling for decades, The Old Ship is a fiercely independent and traditional gay pub in the heart of Limehouse, where you’re sure to catch a friendly smile from landlord John Fell. Boasting a large lounge section and a bunch of 0utside seating at the front in the all-day sunshine, it’s the perfect drinking spot for summer. Throughout the week they have a lot going on, from cabaret and some DJ action on Saturday and Sunday, to special events
during the week. Expect to see the likes of Miss Terry Tour, Tony Sinclair and Sandra take to the mic for an evening of gut-busting fun. Open Monday – Sunday.

The Old Ship, 17 Barnes Street E14 7NW.
Nearest Station: Limehouse.


PLEASUREDROME

Pleasuredrome

Every man is welcome in the world of Pleasuredrome. A spa bar exclusive to the city’s gay and bi guys, the venue attracts more than 15,000 guests every month, of all types and ages from London and beyond. Following a multimillion-pound renovation, the hotspot has never been better kitted out for a night of mischief. A big draw is the bar that never closes, owing to the place having one of the very few 24-hour licenses here in London. It’s the only gay venue in the UK to have one, in fact. So, grab your drink before hedging off to explore, the spa pool, the wet rooms, the sauna and, if you’re feeling brave, the dark room.

Open 24/7.
Pleasuredrome, Arch, 124 Cornwall Road SE1
8XE. Nearest Station: Waterloo.


QUEBEC PRIDE 

Where better to follow up a day of marching than at one of the UK’s oldest gay pubs, where a host of talented performers are set to take the stage. Along with a well-earned pint of  beer, a glass of wine or something a little stronger, you can sit back and enjoy performances from some of London’s top drag artists. Sissy Lea, Chanel No.5, Candy Heals
and Anna Toni will be your queens for the evening, while LoUis CYfer will be repping it for the kings. Set to be bustling with a crowd celebrating Pride in London, this is one safe bet when making your plans for the big day.

Saturday, 2nd July.
City of Quebec, 12 Old Quebec Stree W1H 7AF.
Nearest Station: Marble Arch.


SHOWTIME BRUNCH PRIDE SPECIAL

A fully live interactive & immersive singalong show Starring Donna Marie (BBC 1’s Altogether Now), Gavin Sheppard and Louise Halliday.

Their outstanding cast will have you up on your feet singing and dancing along to songs from some of the greatest shows and films of all time, plus a delicious brunch & 1.5 hours of bottomless Prosecco!

With songs from The Greatest Showman, We Will Rock You, Mamma Mia, The Sound of Music and Dirty Dancing to name but a few – you’ll be sure to have ‘The time of your life’!

So what are you waiting for? Join them in the fabulous Salsa Soho, grab your dancing shoes, warm up those vocal cords and ‘Let it go’ as we take you on a ‘Time Warp’ with It’s Showtime Singalong Brunch!

Sunday 3rd July
Salsa Soho 96 Charing Cross Rd, London WC2H 0JG
Nearest Station: Tottenham Court Rd


YARD PRIDE

Most certainly the gayest little courtyard in London, The Yard is all about good vibes. There’s no easier place to head and grab a drink if you find yourself in Soho. The tunes are always fabulous, and the company even better. They’re keeping the doors open later than usual over Pride in London, and are keeping the good vibes going throughout the month. Upstairs at the loft bar, you can order yourself a tall glass of something and settle down for a gab with your nearest and dearest. Any night of the week at The Yard is one to remember, where one drink always leads to a few more!

Open Monday – Sunday.
The Yard Bar,
57 Rupert St, London W1D 7PL.
Nearest Station: Piccadilly Circus/ Leicester Square.


ZODIAC PRIDE

The newest little darling to hit the scene here in London, Zodiac has already become a go-to for a healthy contingent of us queers. All week, every week, the bar plays host to some banging pop hits and usually a drag queen or two. Their packed schedule of nights and events keeps the punters pouring in, with something to thrill and excite most nights of the week. Sundays are dedicated to karaoke, where vocal sensation Miss Joelle takes to the stage and challenges you to join her. Wednesday is also karaoke, but usually in the hands of the stunning Luna Cortez. Then, once the weekend hits, it’s down to the basement for a dance with Z Club. Grab the tube to Euston and get ready to celebrate.

Tuesday – Sunday. 5pm – Late.
19 Hampstead Rd, London NW1 3EE.
Nearest Station: Euston Square.

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