What's On: London Pride 2018 - Urban Outfitters Blog
It’s officially Pride month again! That means a spectacular few weeks entirely devoted to championing equality and celebrating the history of the LGBTQ+ community. But if you’re unsure how to honour the celebrations, don’t panic. We’re on hand to help out with our full low-down on the Pride events that you won’t want to miss out on!
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What’s On: London Pride 2018


It’s officially Pride month! Arguably one of the best seasons of the year, London Pride is devoted to celebrating the LGBTQ+ community, loud and proud. The hundreds of events, exhibitions, parties and pop-ups make it impossible to know where to start. Here’s our top picks for what’s on – GRINDR the opera anyone?

 

A Guide to London Pride 2018

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Pride Parade, Baker Street to Trafalgar Square, Saturday 7th July 

 

A Guide to London Pride 2018

Photo: @prideinlondon

 

This year’s Pride Parade begins at Baker Street on Saturday 7th July at 1pm and finishes in Trafalgar Square. Get there early, this is the capital’s biggest street party and the weather is looking ah-mazing! After the parade, expect a huge variety of live performances from the Women’s, Cabaret and Golden Square Family stages, so check out the schedules and plan ahead. Big performers Alyssa Edwards, Sophie Ellis-Bexter and House of Rainbow will be on the Trafalgar Square stage – head straight there after the parade to claim your spot. The theme of this year’s Pride is ‘Pride Matters’, providing us all with the ample opportunity to reflect on why Pride is so important in 2018 – whether as a protest, celebration or platform for diversity. Love is love.

 

 

Sink The Pink: Colour Ball, O2 Academy Brixton, Saturday 7th July 

 

A Guide to London Pride 2018

Photo: @sinkthepinkldn

 

The iconic drag collective Sink The Pink will be celebrating Pride the only way they know how – with an outrageous, glamorous and cosmical extravaganza at London’s iconic Brixton Academy. Moving south of the river for the very first time, the queens will host The Colour Ball, a night of gag-worthy outfits, drag, lip-sync battles and pop-fuelled DJ sets. This event has a dedicated following, so if you’re a Drag Race fan or looking for the ultimate Pride party, buy tickets asap and start your engines…check out @sinkthepinkldn and thank us later.

 

 

 

 

Queer Tours of Hackney, Stoke Newington Church Street, Saturday 23rd June & 30th June 

 

A Guide to London Pride 2018

Photo: Queer Tours of London

 

Pride is not only about celebration, but a time to reflect and learn about LGBTQ+ history. Queer Tours of Hackney is a truly captivating insight into the real life stories and battles of drag king Nelly Power, the pioneers of London’s gay cabaret during the Blitz and the Drag Queen Nuns who ran riot on the 55 bus! As part of Hackney’s Pride 365 celebrations, Queer Tours of London will take you on an entertaining journey of performance, rebellion and resistance, telling the fascinating stories of the East London borough’s queer history. Taking place on Saturday 23 June and Saturday 30th June, from 4-6pm at Stoke Newington Town Hall, Queer Tours of London aims to shed light on the events, spaces and identities that form the backdrop of LGBTQ lives today.

 

 

Darren Evans: Everyone is Divine!, The Horse Hospital, Saturday 30th June to Saturday 14th July 

 

A Guide to London Pride 2018

Photo: @dazzaroid

 

Darren Evans is a well-esteemed Freelance Hair and Make-Up Artist, with over twenty-five years worth of experience in the fashion, film and television industries. ‘Everyone is Divine’ is a photography exhibition curated by Evans himself, featuring fifty different people from London’s vibrant LGBTQ cabaret scene and beyond, all made up in the style of Divine, notorious drag queen and muse to John Waters. The show runs from Sunday 1st to Saturday 14th July, with an opening night on Saturday 30th June at The Horse Hospital, Colonnade, Bloomsbury, London, WC1N 1JD. It’s open Monday to Saturday, from 12pm to 6pm. Plus, it’s FREE entry (so there’s no excuses not to check it out). 

 

 

 

Lates: Sexuality, The Science Museum in Kensington, Wednesday 27th June 

 

A Guide to London Pride 2018

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The Science Museum is collaborating with Pride in London to bring you an LGBTQ-inspired addition of Lates – the adults-only, after-hours theme night that takes place in the museum on the last Wednesday of every month. This time, you can expect a Drag Kings and Queens musical spectacular, as well as make-up masterclasses, genital drawing competitions and the drag race to end all drag races. Best museum trip, ever.

 

 

GRINDR: The Opera, Above The Stag Theatre in Embankment, 4th July to 26th August 

 

A Guide to London Pride 2018

Photo: @grindropera

 

Grindr: The Opera. Need we say more? The notorious gay dating app is reimagined and spun into a highly entertaining yet poignant tale told through the platform of opera. A smart, daring, witty and of-the-moment musical which examines the ever-evolving landscape of gay relationships, told through operatic baroque to contemporary pop. A great reason to check out the award-winning LGBT+ Above The Stag Theatre in Embankment, get your tickets now.

 

 

Feeling inspired? Celebrate this glorious month of love and equality with our Pride ambassador Hayley Kiyoko and give back by shopping our exclusive UO Pride Collection

 

 

 

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