Pride doesn’t end when the parade does.
After a month of wonderful events, Pride In London Festival is coming to the grand denouement. And whilst the parade down Regent Street and through Trafalgar Square is unquestionably the highlight of the festival, there are some brilliant Pride afterparties that will keep the all-inclusive fun going throughout the night.
1. The Official Pride In London Afterparty, Clapham Grand
The pride of Clapham, The Grand, are hosting Pride In London’s official afterparty this year. Until the wee hours of the morning, they’ll host the biggest names from the LGBT+ world, including former Britain’s Got Talent contestants Aaron Carty’s Beyoncé EXP. You can also expect a lot of confetti. Really, imagine an obscene amount of confetti, and then double it, because that’s what you’re in for. Grab your tickets here!
2. Pride In London’s Official VIP Afterparty, Secret Location
If you’re happy to splash a little more cash to hobnob with the VIPs, then this is the Pride afterparty for you. It takes place in a top secret location in central London, but if you can find it, music from Gok Wan, Smokin’ Jo, and The Freemasons is on offer. After all, you are a Very Important Person.
3. Homodrop Pride Edition, Dalston Superstore
The legendary East London party venue welcomes a big LGBT+ crowd most weekends, so it’s no wonder they’re throwing a right royal knees-up for Pride. Homodrop gets Pride-ified on July 7th, and the regular lineup will be joined by Kasra V, Earthboogie, and others. If you get there before 10pm, entry is free – latecomers will have to stump up £7.
4. Mint’s Pride In London Afterparty, Studio 88
It’s ladies night with Mint! Although to be fair, as the best hosts of lesbian and bisexual events in London, it usually is ladies night with Mint… To celebrate Pride In London, they’re taking over Studio 88 for an epic rainbow-bedecked party. Eleven of the planet’s best female DJs are running the decks, and a percentage of the profits will support Pride In London. It’ll be, well, mint.
5. Little Gay Brother, Omeara
Billing themselves as “Queens, Kings, and Queers”, Little Gay Brother are hosting a post-Pride party down in London Bridge. Omera’s mega-rave will see the Little Gay Brother team showing off a whole new wardrobe (and probably quite a lot of leg), before a host of DJs get you up and grooving on the dancefloor.
6. Gay Shame, The Royal Vauxhall Tavern
Few London venues are as synonymous with LGBT+ culture as The Royal Vauxhall Tavern. Along with long term tenants Duckie, they’ve been known to throw dangerously fun gatherings, and Pride Night will be no different. Gay Shame is hostessed by Duckie co-founder (and current London Night Czar) Amy Lamé, and features regular DJs Readers Wifes, along with sweet dance moves from Pink Suits. Not to be missed.