I’m sure you are all aware by now that Pride in London is just around the corner, but did you know that there is a Pride in London Festival that runs two weeks before the day? From the 24th of June to the 8th of July the world’s biggest LGBT arts festival is taking over London. There is over 100 events to choose from, a third of which are free and half of them are under a tenner! Out of all the acts on offer, I picked ten of my favourites to share with you.
Lip Sync Battle Live
If, like me, you’ve been bingeing on Ru Paul’s Drag Race lately and are eagerly awaiting the grand finale tonight, then I’m sure you too will have been practicing your lip sync skills. Well if you’ve got it down you can head over to Freedom Bar and join Topsie Redfern and Vanity Von Glow (one of my favourite London queens) and get miming! Whether you want to jump in and try it or just watch some amazing (and maybe some not so amazing) lip syncs, this is sure to be one fun event!
Thursday 6th July, Freedom Bar, £5
Science Museum Lates
Next Wednesday you can head to the Science Museum for a late night opening with a twist, it’s been taken over by Pride! Expect to see a ton of things going on including music from The Gay Men’s Chorus and Gin and Harmonics, dance performances, speed drawing, drag acts and loads more. Plus there’s plenty of panel discussions on everything from sex robots to the decline of queer nightlife spaces, it’s going to be an amazing night.
Wednesday 28th June, Science Museum, free but with some optional extras
Citydash is a treasure hunt that takes you around London, looking for hidden messages and cracking cryptic clues to gain points. However there are secret patrollers who will try and find you and chase you to steal your points! It’s a great thing to do with a group of friends or a great way to make new ones if you’re coming solo.
Sunday 2nd July, Soho, £20
This is an exclusive one night gala performance of the world’s first show based on coming out stories. Prepare to hear stories from some familiar faces, and a whole heap of emotion with over 20 speakers sharing their personal story.
Monday 26th June, Lyric Theatre, £25-£50
Saucy Soho Tours
Now I love a walking tour. In fact I actually did a similar tour to this just a couple of months ago. Join three Westminster City guides as they take you around the legendary Soho and tell you some of it’s hidden secrets.
25th June-8th July, Soho, £16.52
Pride at the Palace
I’m a totally history and monarchy nerd so this is right up my street. I went to the first LGBTQ+ event held by Historic Royal palace earlier this year and I’ve been looking forward to this event ever since. Held at Hampton Court Palace this is a special series of tours exploring queer stories throughout British history.
30th June-2nd of July, Hampton Court Palace, £15
Love Happens Here for Women
An evening of discussions held by women, for women. There’s some amazing speakers here so it would be a pleasure to listen and laugh along to these outstanding women, plus it ends with a DJ set so you can get your grove on.
Friday 30th June, Soho Zebrano, £5
This free bike ride through the streets of London is a good way to get some exercise in while meeting new people and seeing some of the gorgeous sights of London. Come in your brightest clothes and cover yourself in glitter, this isn’t your normal bike ride!
Saturday 1st July, Underneath Waterloo Bridge, Free
Britain on film: LGBT Britain
The BFI is bringing rare archived LGBT films to the big screen on the gorgeous South Bank, this kind of thing is right up my street and a great way to see some hidden gems.
Tuesday 27th June, BFI Southbank, £8.80-£12.10
The HIV Monologues
This is a show I’ve actually already seen and really recommend, check out my full review here to see what I thought.
5th July, Two Brewers, £14.85
Head to the Pride in London website to find out more about these shows and all the other performances on over the next two weeks. Pride in London is entirely run by volunteers and a lot are needed to make sure the day runs smoothly, if you want to volunteer you can sign up here. Find out why I’ve volunteered for seven years in this post or why not check out this vintage post from my experience at Pride in London 2014.
Are you heading to any Pride festival events?
Pic courtesy of Pride in London