Pride in London - that time of year where London is swamped with events and where suddenly the LGBT community is everywhere... thing is there isn't always that much for women. This article includes our top 4 choices, LBQ events for women and other unofficial events taking place.
Planet Nation's commitment to women's events
Planet Nation entered into several talks with Pride in London (marketing, comms & co-chairs) to support more women's events at Pride in London. After several detailed conversations, and lots of ideas and information silence followed for 2 months, after which I was told it was too late to arrange this year (it was still May at this time). Obviously I'm very disappointed with this.
Planet Nation is dedicated to the women's community and works hard to support it. If you run women's events anywhere in the UK and would like free promotion via my channels, please get in touch.
Women's participation at Pride in London
Having looked at the official Pride in London events schedule, there are 13 officially affiliated events specifically aimed at or run by LBQ women. Putting this into perspective there are over 80 events on the calendar. Of course, a lot of these events are LGBT, but knowing how the women's community in the most part prefers women-only events - I can see these being fully booked so don't delay in getting signed up before they sell out! Also, there are at least 7 events that are taking place that aren't officially affiliated with Pride in London (listed further down the page).
Please note: any events that are officially affiliated with Pride in London and have a fee; a proportion of the fee will go to Pride in London towards running Pride in London. Non-affiliated events pay no fees to Pride in London and 100% of any fee goes directly to the promoter in the community.
Our Top 4 events
Below are the top 4 events we recommend during the Pride fortnight. Enjoy!
Pride @ Camp Confidential
This unique day/evening event is designed to enhance the enjoyment of the London Pride Celebrations, for those who want to chill out and relax as well as party!
Enjoy all the facilities of a sophisticated private members club, just steps away from Trafalgar Square.
Satuday 8 July 2017 @ The Library Club | Buy Tickets | 9:30am-1:00am
Event details: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/lgbt-poet-laureate-hosts-camp-confidentia...
Sunday Service is an alternative, immersive and interactive clown-burlesque show. Sister Rainbow invites you to laugh along in lucid lunacy. A queer clown lands in a nun’s body and takes a lighthearted look look at politics and leaf-blowers. Will church survive this chaos, in this often hysterical and terrifying service?
Sunday 2 July 2017 | 7:30pm | £5
Event details: https://www.planet-nation.com/events/event-features/sunday-service
MINT with Beautiful Mess & NYC's Hot Rabbit
You've heard the rumours about the latest lesbian parties Beautiful Mess, adore the chic events by Mint, and anyone familiar with the New York club scene will know all about Hot Rabbit - the hottest queer night stateside, so imagine the sheer fabulousness when we mix the best of all three under the same roof to host the ultimate Pride afterparty.
Official Pride in London After Party
“Out with the old and in with the new” - we say and so with a truly unique venue, a fresh, new line up of DJs, and an exceptional service we aim to deliver a night of quality and entertainment for this will be a true celebration of the female power and diversity. Pride in London would not be possible if not for the hard work of all our volunteers and our passion for the community. We simply do this for the love, so come on down and show us some.
Saturday 8 July | 9:30pm-3:00am | £10-£15
Event Details: http://prideinlondon.org/events/2017/07/08/Official-ladies-after-party
Official Pride in London festival programme events
Below are other events taking place as part of the offical Pride in London festival fortnight programme. All of these events are officially affiliated with Pride in London.
Rounders for LBQ women
If you loved playing Rounders at school, or if you’ve never played before, then why not join this LGBT+ Women's only Rounders game. Kenric Lesbian Social Group will be playing a few fun games of Rounders and raising money for Pride In London as part of the 2017 Pride in London Festival. If you don't want to play then you can still attend to cheer on the teams.
Sunday 25 June 2017 | 2:00pm | £2
Event details: http://prideinlondon.org/events/2017/06/25/LGBT-Rounders
Gin and Harmonics at the Science Museum
Join London’s favourite gin-based harmony group Gin & Harmonics in the IMAX Theatre for a vocal extravaganza.
Wednesday 28 June 2017 | 8:15pm | £5
Event details: http://prideinlondon.org/events/2017/06/28/Science-Museum-Gin-and-Harmonics
Rosie Wilby: Is Monogamy Dead? Book Launch
Award-winning Radio 4 regular comedian Rosie Wilby launches her nonfiction debut Is Monogamy Dead? at Gay's The Word as part of Pride In London Festival 2017.
Thursday 29 June 2017 | 7:00pm
Event details: http://prideinlondon.org/events/2017/06/29/rosie-wilby-is-monogamy-dead?...
Love Happens Here For Women
Pride in London is extremely excited to announce our “Love Happens Here for Women” with Soho Zebrano one of our Pride in London Partners. This is a fantastic opportunity for Women to come together for an evening of chat, laughter, friendship, even love and may be a little dancing too!
Kicking off at 7pm, and hosted by the extremely talented and glorious Rosie Wilby, there will be a packed night of entertainment for ladies.
Friday 30 June 2017 | 7:00pm | £5
Event details: http://prideinlondon.org/events/2017/06/30/love-happens-here-for-women
Out for Sport : LGBT+ Swimming Taster (Women only)
Join Out for Swim for a free Swimming taster session as part of the Pride in London Festival 2017.
Thursday 29 June 2017, Thursday 06 July 2017 | 8:00pm | Free
Event details: http://prideinlondon.org/events/2017/06/29/LGBT-Swimming-Taster
Ride with Pride through the streets of London to celebrate diversity in cycling!
IBikeLondon and Cyclehoop will keep the buzz going with music booming from their infamous fleet of Disco Bikes. They will be kicking off at 12.00 pm at the meeting point underneath Waterloo Bridge, to get rolling through the streets of London at 12.30pm.
Saturday 01 July 2017 | 12:00pm | Free
Event details: http://prideinlondon.org/events/2017/07/01/pride-ride
Club Kali - Pride & Birthday Party
Club Kali is celebrating 22yrs of Unity & Pride! The World's Biggest LGBT Club mixing Bollywood beats with a touch of Hollywood Classics on the dancefloor. Plus hosted entertainment, fun, games, and loads of laughs! A fabulous night of Queer entertainment and dancing from 9.30pm.
Saturday 01 July 2017 – Sunday 02 July 2017 | 9:30pm | £6 in advance / £10 on the door (£6 conc)
Event details: http://prideinlondon.org/events/2017/07/01/club-kali-pride-party
Marlene Dietrich: The Ultimate Gay Icon
Join Terry Sanderson for his highly-praised show exploring the life and career of this fascinating and complex personality. Not only will we see generous clips of some of Dietrich's campest films, he'll take a look at her heroic efforts to oppose the Nazis. For this work she received the highest civilian honours from the Americans, the French and the Belgians. The evening culminates with a showing, on the big screen, of Marlene's famously fabulous one-woman concert, with which she enchanted the world. Recorded in Australia in 1963, accompanied by Burt Bacharach and his orchestra, this is Dietrich at her peak.
Thursday 06 July 2017 | 7:30pm | £11.50
Event details: http://prideinlondon.org/events/2017/07/06/Marlene-Dietrich
Southbank Surfing Pride Party
Expect DJs spinning Dance, Pop, Commercial Remixes, House, RnB, Disco, Club Classics – basically everything you could want. And there will be drinks deals on beer, shots, wine and Prosecco; so pretty much everything you like to drink.
Saturday 08 July 2017 – Sunday 09 July 2017 | 8:00pm | £8-£12 in advance online / £15 on the door
Event details: http://prideinlondon.org/events/2017/07/08/Southbank-Surfing-2017
Lesbian history tour for singles
Pink for Pink tours will be putting the movers, shakers and shimmiers under a large microscopic lens, examining the likes of Emmeline Pankhurst, the lady who challenged the British Establishment and got the vote for women, to Nell Gwynn who became one of the most famous mistresses of Charles II and probably one of Britain’s biggest whores.
Friday 14 July 2017 | 6:30pm | £25
Event details: http://prideinlondon.org/events/2017/07/14/lesbian-history-tour-of-londo...
Events taking place that aren't officially affiliated with Pride in London
Butch Pride! @ The Glory
For all degrees of BUTCH & FEMME. A night for lesbians and their friends. ALL LBGTQI WELCOME.
BUTCH, PLEASE! Skill share | Live music & performances | DJ's and dancing till late
Event details: https://www.facebook.com/events/236213563531219/
SuperSonic @ Vinyl Bar
SuperSonic will host the ultimate I Was Born This Way PRIDE after Party. At the Vinyl bar, an intimate basement club, where you can get a tiny breather from the masses in Soho. The Vinyl bar is an earshot away from Tottenham Court Road Station.
Saturday 8 July 2017 | 4:00pm-2:00am | £5
Event details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1551803858176656/
Urban World Pride 2017
URBAN WORLD proudly invites you to celebrate PRIDE with us on Saturday 8th July 2017 at London’s legendary super club; Scala! URBAN WORLD PRIDE is an annual celebration on the night of London Pride. URBAN WORLD showcases the very best of the UK’s LGBTQ+ URBAN & WORLD club brands, which celebrates the essence of UNITY, DIVERSITY & PRIDE!
Saturday 8 July 2017 | £10 | 9:00pm-6:00am
Event details: https://www.facebook.com/events/108213433098071/
Exilio Pride Latin Edition
At Exilio we love to party, to show the best carnival costumes, the energetic Latino Carnival Tunes mixed with Electr Latino and current chart hits like UK's no.1 Despacito. Have you ever been to pride? Have you ever party with Exilio at Pride? We are the smallest and spicies float in the parade.
Saturday 8 July 2017 | £10 | 4:00pm-4:00am
Event details: https://www.facebook.com/events/433655197005141/
Club sensation MIxtape is back for another packed out crazy party, so grab your RaRa skirt and squeeze into your boob-tube coz this time we’re going tback to the 80’s.
Saturday 8 July 2017 | £8 in advance/£10 on door | 10:00pm-5:00am
Event details: https://www.facebook.com/events/272136156525402/
We are throwing one of our BIGGEST parties yet - PRIDE in London this year! Whether you're bisexual, lesbian, gay, queer, curious, anything in between or just ready to dance out the best of Pride - come and join us! Featuring a diverse mix of music, live performances & spoken word, this party is all about FUN, inclusion & everybody being PROUD. We're holding the party at the iconic East London music venue Village Underground.
Saturday 8 July 2017 | £15 in advance/£20 on door | 8:00pm-4:00am
Event details: https://www.facebook.com/events/440318329678753/