Join the party at Pride in London
If you’re in London right now it’s not hard to notice that Pride is in town this Saturday. Pride in London is always a huge event. In fact, last year the crowd was over 1 million people. And this year, Pride is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. So even bigger things are planned. Everything starts at around midday, on Saturday 6th July. So grab your glitter, get your flag from the pop-up Pride shop. And get ready to join the party!
When and where is the Parade?
One major highlight of Pride is the fabulous, bold, colourful Parade. This starts north of Oxford Circus at midday, and heads down Regent Street. Then it passes by Piccadilly Circus, and goes down to Pall Mall. And after Trafalgar Square it finally arrives at Whitehall.
Of course, it’s just a short distance but the parade is huge and takes several hours. So there’s plenty of time to see some of it. However, if you’re keen, get to the route early for a good view. For example, avoid Piccadilly Circus itself, but try the end of Piccadilly, just to the south. This has the usual crowds, but it’s a good place to see the parade going by. And Piccadilly offers the chance to step away for some space or a quick bite to eat if needed.
What else is going on?
There are many other stages and events going on around Pride. On the day, check out the Cabaret Stage on Dean Street in Soho for a wide range of LGBT+ cabaret acts. Or head over to the World Stage for more musical acts, as well as international street food. And of course, there’s plenty going on in Trafalgar Square as well, with a fabulous festival atmosphere.
Download their pdf map or app to help you navigate the event.
Pride is a super happy and friendly event, but Central London can get pretty busy. The areas around the Parade route can also get especially crowded. So for travel, we recommend avoiding tube stations around the Parade and the main Pride areas (Oxford Circus, Piccadilly Circus).
Also – think you might need a bottle of water during the event? No matter where you are, it will seem like a hundred people have the same idea! Definitely bring essentials with you to avoid queues in shops or at the water refill stations.