Join the party in Europe’s largest city as thousands of spectators take part in Pride in London, a celebration of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT+) community. Pride’s 2016 campaign theme is #nofilter, which is the most used hashtag on Instagram, and asks you to do something very simple: Live your life as you.
Stand proud with Pride in London and take part in Europe’s biggest gay friendly party this summer. Taking place from 1pm on 25 June 2016, the festival is expected attract 750,000 people and will be a day to remember for all travellers.
When is Pride in London?
Pride takes place from 10-26 June 2016, with the main weekend on 25-26 June.
Plan your Pride Parade
Pride takes place on Saturday 25 June and sets off at 1pm at Oxford Street (Marble Arch) and will head down through the West End towards Regent Street and Westminster. The route is usually packed with shoppers, travellers and well-wishers supporting the parade.
Trafalgar Square hosts the main Pride in London event on 25 June, with plenty of live music, DJ sets and speeches. Soho takes over thereafter and you can expect wild parties and clubs in the city’s gayest night life district.
Red Arrows at Pride
Always a brilliant day out for travellers, the Red Arrows will fly over Pride in London for the first time at this year’s parade, in a show of support for the LGBT community.
Nine RAF jets will perform a red, white and blue flypast on Saturday, 25 June. It will be the first time that the Red Arrows have flown over a Pride parade. Make sure you’re there to see it!
How can I get to Pride in London?
The West End will get very busy during the parade, so its best to allow for some extra travel time getting into Central London. We recommend using Tottenham Court Road, Leicester Square or Charing Cross tube stations if you’re going to Soho or Trafalgar Square.
Book gay friendly hostels in London
Europe’s most international city is also one of its gayest – with superb new gay bars, clubs and hostels popping up all the time. Check out our guide to London’s gay friendly hostels and book your stay in London today. We have plenty of hostels and private rooms available at budget prices.
SoHostel is an affordable option for travellers wanting a place to rest after Pride. Beds are available from only £25 per night. Clink Hostels meanwhile are centrally located near Kings Cross Station, offering stylish rooms at low cost prices to all travellers.
*Header image Peter O’Connor (Flickr/Creative Commons)