So summer is finally here and we are firmly set into Pride season 2015, we at Gay Homestays are taking this opportunity to let you know about some of the not-to-be-missed events that will be happening around Pride in London this weekend!
Obviously if you are at Pride in London you will want to see the parade, it is only the second biggest single day event in London’s calendar, spare the annual marathon. The theme for this year is “Pride Heroes” as a celebration of the bold members of the LGBT+ community who have fought to make this event a possibility. Starting at 13:00 on the 27th June at Baker street and ending up at Whitehall around 16:30, this is going to be unmissable with over 250 groups registered to march I forecast the atmosphere to be palpably buzzing.
Pride Arts Festival 2015
21st – 28th June
The Pride art festival will be running evens in the week commencing Pride in London and will showcase some of the hottest talent contributing to the creative arts within the LGBT+ community along with some thought provoking talks and audience involvement activities which are sure to get your mind and body prepared for the week ahead. The full list of events that will be taking place is available here.
West End Wendies!
19:00 Thursday 25th JunE
The Loft @ Brasserie Toulouse Lautrec, 140 Newington Butts, SE1
This open mic event looks like it will be a blast, whether you sing a bit of Sam Smith in the shower or you can belt it out like Andrea Bocelli, all genres and ranges of ability are welcome! Hosted by the cabaret king Paul L Martin, this night is sure to be a hit, it will not fail to entertain. Entry is free and open to the public, get yourself down (earplugs optional)!
Magda’s Lesbian Lover
18:00 Friday 26th June
Raindance Film Centre, 10 Craven St, Charing Cross
The award-winning short “Magda’s Lesbian Lover”, a film about a young lesbian couple set in the 80’s which embarks on one person’s acceptance of themselves through a religious quandary, is being shown at the Raindance Film Centre on the Friday of pride week. This should be a wonderful start to the weekend for any film-buff or curious mind alike. Tickets are free and you can apply for them here.
Pride in London Exclusive party @ L’Escargot
10:30 – 17:00 Saturday 27th June
L’Escargot, 48 Greek Street, London, W1D 4EF
If you are looking for a more ‘up-market’ feel to your Pride in London then this is the party for you, the exclusive members club L’escargot is opening up its shell to the people of pride so you can lounge around in its lavish boudoir spaces, explore its almost labyrinthine selection of rooms or party all day to the selection of DJs booked to play. L’escargot is set within the heart of London’s Soho area and ticket entry allows guests to enter and leave as they please so you could practically fill up on the buffet early and still get a glimpse of the parade. An appearance not to be missed will be performed by Bebe van der Belt at 13:30 and a pride (prize) draw will be held at 16:00. Tickets while coming out to a slightly pricey £25 will be well worth it and are in short supply, they are available here.
Along with all these great happenings there are also stage performances at Trafalgar square, a cabaret stage and the women’s stage (both located in Soho).
BLUE and Rebecca Ferguson are the headliners this year which should make for a fun mix of pop and dance music, great for a fun-filled bonanza. Also the legendary Elton John is being rumored to be making an appearance, whether he is to play is still yet to be confirmed.
So if you are thinking of making an appearance yourself at this year’s Pride in London do not forget that Gay Homestays has many wonderful hosts just waiting for you to book in, check out what is available here! Alternatively you can book through Gay Homestays booking widget on the Pride in London website.