Pride Month is happening this June – and we can celebrate across London (Picture: Pietro Recchia/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
June hosts Pride Month in many parts of the world, as it commemorates the date of the Stonewall riots in 1969.
Pride 2022 will be extra special in the UK, as it marks 50 years since the country’s first ever Pride event, then called the UK Gay Pride Rally, was held in 1972.
There’s even a rainbow-splashed coin being made by The Royal Mint to mark the occasion.
And throughout the month, there will surely be plenty of events and exhibits across the country for the LGBTQ+ community to celebrate love, equality, sexuality and identity.
Here are a few London highlights to look forward to (or book in advance).
LGBTQ+ London Pride events happening in June
There’s a gaming event for the LGBTQ+ community at the Science Museum (Picture: Getty)
Power Up: Gaymers Edition at the Science Museum
This one-off event hosted by inclusive LGBTQ+ gaming group Gaymers Inc will take place at the Science Museum in South Kensington at the very start of Pride Month.
It offers video game fans a chance to relax, play vintage consoles and enjoy a few nibbles. You do need to book, as far as we can tell, and it costs £10 per person.
Date: Wednesday, June 1 at 6.30pm
More information: Science Museum
The Royal Albert Hall’s Pride Month concert takes place in early June (Picture: Getty)
Proud and Loud at the Royal Albert Hall
US popstar Hayley Kiyoko and Brit singer Calum Scott will be headlining a concert at the famed venue to celebrate all things LGBTQ+.
Expect supporting performances by arion and Cat Burns, plus the possibility of a few special guests.
Ticket prices start from £34.95, and it appears some are still available. Make sure to nab them before it’s too late.
Date: Saturday, June 4 at 7.30pm
More information: Royal Albert Hall
Drag Bingo at The Duchess Pub
It is what it sounds like: playing bingo but… way more entertaining.
Hosted by drag queens Aidan Orange and Miss Joelle every Thursday (not just during June), you can expect booze, lipsyncing and live music along with a few games.
The UK has its first LGBTQ+ museum, complete with gift shop (Picture: DANIEL LEAL/AFP via Getty Images)
The new Queer Britain Museum at Kings Cross
It’s not so much an event, but an important place to visit: Queer Britain, the UK’s first dedicated LGBTQ+ museum.
Opened in May 2022, and located at 2 Granary Square in Kings Cross, the museum’s actually been going since 2018, but it finally has its own physical space to explore. For free, too.
Expect photography and exhibits that celebrate the queer community, its impact on the country, and preserves the stories and histories of important people and places.
Date: Wednesday to Sunday, 12pm to 6pm, throughout June (and beyond)
More information: Queer Britain Museum
Elltham Palace in Greenwich is hosting a Queer Walls event (Picture: Prisma Bildagentur/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)
Queer Walls at Eltham Palace
Drag king Adam All and drag queen Apple Derrieres are hosting an evening of 1930s entertainment, exploring LGBTQ+ history, at Eltham Palace and Gardens in Greenwich.
Tickets must be booked in advance, but cost £15 per person.
Date: Friday, June 17 at 7pm
More information: English Heritage
Judy Garland is often considered a gay icon (Picture: Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
Judy’s Jukebox Singalong at BFI Southbank
Pride In London highlights a Judy Garland singalong at the British Film Institute (BFI) on the Southbank as one of its events – taking place on one Saturday evening in June.
There’s a whole season devoted to Judy – widely considered a gay icon – at the BFI, celebrating 100 years since her birth in June 1922 – offering the chance to watch classics A Star Is Born, Meet Me In St Louis and The Wizard of Oz on the big screen.
Date: Saturday, June 18 at 6pm
More information: BFI
Strawberry Hill House in Twickenham (Picture: Sam Mellish / In Pictures via Getty Images)
LGBTQ+ House Tour at Strawberry Hill House
Whynot take a trip to Twickenham to explore Horace Walpole’s 18th century Georgian Gothic Revival house and gardens?
Many believe that Walpole was gay – which have been illegal at the time – and the ‘little Gothic castle’ (as it became known) was a way of expressing his sexuality.
Not something that can be known for sure, but it is interesting to explore on a specific LGBTQ+ house tour. Tickets cost £20, and will likely need to be booked in advance.
Date: Wednesday, June 22 at 7pm
More information: Strawberry Hill House
A snapshot from 2019 London Pride – which was the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots (Picture: Andres Pantoja/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
London Pride 2022 in Central London
After two years of postponement due to Covid, London Pride will be back with a colourful display of community on July 2.
It will travel from Marble Arch area, down Piccadilly and towards the banks of the River Thames.
‘The campaign for 2022 will commemorate the past 50 years and our evolution as a movement; acknowledging those torch bearers who have come before us and their achievements,’ notes the Pride In London website of this year’s parade.
‘As we celebrate and look forward to the next 50 years, we’ll recognise the challenges still faced by our community nationally and globally.’
Date: Saturday, July 2
More information: Pride In London
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