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London Pride

The 29th of June 2024

 

Join London Pride this summer for a technicolour celebration of LGBTQIA+ love, diversity, and resilience, just moments from The Resident.

  • A spectator waves a gay rainbow flag at an LGBT gay pride march in London
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London, UK

London Pride: A Celebration of Love, Diversity, and Unity

 

The 29th of June 2024

 

This summer, join the celebrations at London Pride, a technicolour, city-wide festival celebrating the love, diversity, and resilience of LGBTQIA+ communities.

London Pride not only honours the achievements of the LGBTQIA+ community but also raises awareness of the ongoing struggles for equality and justice, making the parade a powerful symbol of solidarity and hope. Each year, London Pride grows bigger and more impactful, fostering a spirit of camaraderie and pride that resonates far beyond the city itself. Whether you’re a longtime advocate or a newcomer to the movement, London Pride offers an unforgettable weekend of joy, learning, and acceptance.

The heart of the celebration lies in the spectacular Pride Parade, where a procession of elaborate floats, public figures, and energetic performances winds through central London, creating an atmosphere of excitement and solidarity. The parade, often led by prominent LGBTQIA+ activists and allies, makes its way from Oxford Street, passing close to The Resident Soho and Covent Garden, to Trafalgar Square, where a main stage hosts speeches, live music, and entertainment, with a series of very special celebrity guests set to make an appearance. Beyond the parade, London Pride offers a wide array of activities, including film screenings, art exhibitions, panel discussions, and health and wellness sessions, ensuring there is something for everyone.

Whether you prefer to spend the evening dancing at one of the outdoor stages, discovering new music, or simply soaking up the inclusive and welcoming atmosphere, London Pride truly has it all! So, don your brightest attire and get ready to celebrate love and equality on our doorstep in London.

With all of this to enjoy and more, savour the excitement of London Pride from our doorstep in the bustling heart of London with The Resident.

 

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Where to watch the parade?

Best Local Spots To Catch The Parade

For prime viewing spots of the parade, we recommend securing your spot on some of the city’s iconic locations along the route early in the day. Oxford Street offers a bustling and energetic atmosphere, providing a vibrant backdrop for the procession as it kicks off. Moving along the route towards Regent Street and Piccadilly Circus, you’ll find excellent vantage points amidst the throngs of spectators. As the parade makes its way towards Trafalgar Square, securing a spot near this historic landmark ensures an unforgettable view of the festivities and performances on the main stage. Additionally, Covent Garden and Soho, with their lively streets and welcoming atmosphere, offer fantastic opportunities to catch glimpses of the colourful floats and spirited marchers, just moments from our doors.

The History of London Pride

The Origins of London Pride

Long before the legalization of gay marriage, or life for LGBTQIA+ communities as we know it today, Pride was established in 1972 as a peaceful protest. LGBT people walked proudly, without shame or embarrassment, led by the Gay Liberation Front. The event was first inspired by the Stonewall Riots in America, a series of protests against police raids in gay bars and safe spaces, including the Stonewall Inn. While the event was initially met with some scrutiny and increased police suspicion, Pride represents a historic turning point for visibility and empowerment for gay communities in Britain.

The History of London Pride

Celebrating More Than 50 Years of London Pride

Fifty-two years later, Pride is officially recognised as one of the highlights of the London events calendar, attracting A-list stars and garnering mainstream support throughout the country. This is a remarkable testament to the early work of these communities and how far the gay rights movement has come.

Our Insiders Guide to Pride in London

 

Explore an exceptional variety of events and exhibitions showcasing the history and art of the LGBTQIA+ community on our doorstep, from ground-breaking exhibitions to empowering local businesses.

Exhibitions celebrating Pride

Support LGBTQIA+ Artists This Pride

Complete your pride weekend with a little art and culture, the perfect opportunity to support the work of LGBTQIA+ artists and curators. From the V&A’s new exhibition ‘Fragile Beauty’, which showcases the unique photography collection of Sir Elton John and David Furnish, to The British Museum’s new devoted tour ‘Desire, Love, Identity: Exploring LGBTQ Histories’ showcasing queer relics throughout history, dating back to ancient Greece, celebrate gay icons throughout history.

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LGBTQIA+ Hidden Gems

How better to celebrate Pride Month than by showing your support for queer businesses across the city, particularly in our local neighbourhood in Soho? From the empowering bookshop ‘Gay’s The Word’, specializing in LGBTQIA+ stories and authors, to pop-up shops and installations celebrating the festival, discover a variety of exceptional hidden gems throughout Soho and beyond.

Pride After Parties

The Party Continues

Craving a little more Pride after the parade comes to an end? Not to worry, Pride offers several outstanding after-parties from drag brunches at Between the Bridges, to club nights at the Clapham Grand or Troxy or even simply a safe space for young attendees to connect at the  London LGBTQ+  Centre.  The perfect opportunity to meet people, celebrate and savour the community spirit of the festivities, and embrace London’s one-of-a-kind pride celebrations.

Plan a Relaxing Retreat with London’s #1 Hotel on Tripadvisor, The Resident

 

Make yourself at home in the heart of the city with The Resident, offering a variety of stunning locations in Covent Garden, Soho, Victoria and Kensington, ideally situated close to the route of London’s pride parade.

Discover a variety of stylishly furnished rooms ranging from cosy Single rooms to the extensive Carlisle Suite, each fitted with a private mini-kitchen, a well-appointed fridge and microwave, plush bedding and scenic views of the city.

With all this to enjoy and more, as well as the heartfelt hospitality of our kind teams, discover your home away from home in the heart of the city with Tripadvisor’s #1 London hotel.

 

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