Pride in London is an inclusive LGBT+ event that offers all parts of the community an opportunity to campaign about important issues and to celebrate achievements in becoming a diverse and inclusive city and nation.
We wanted to be part of this celebration, and couldn’t think of a better place to go to on a date than to a celebration within the very heart of the gay community. To help you pick the location of your date, we’ve put together our top events to go to when gay dating at Pride this year.
The Parade 2014
With almost 200 groups and 20,000 people, this is the main event of Pride and isn’t one to be missed. There will be singers, dancers, performers and impressive floats to see, so pick your spot early and witness the magic that will come alive on the streets of London. The parade leaves Baker Street at 13:00, travelling east into Whitehall where the Parade ends. See their website for full details of the route.
Cream Tease by the Glass Bar
This is a fundraising event sponsored by The Glass Bar and all monies raised will go towards the cost of the Parade. The event involves a quintessential English Afternoon Tea with all the trimmings. That’s not all though! Be prepared for tea with a twist as a Burlesque show with the Mysti Vine, a magic show, and a tea leaf reader all join in to make this an afternoon tea to remember.
Big Pride Picnic in the Park
If you want a laid back Pride experience then pack a picnic and head to Vauxhall. This family friendly event is focused on health and wellbeing and is broadly based around sport. You can relax with your date and spectate or join in the sporting activities. They have a lot to choose from such as tennis, soccer, volleyball and more. However, if sports aren’t your thing, why not partake in their literary events and line dancing from 2pm onwards.
London Gay Symphony Orchestra Gala Concert
If you want your Pride experience to be a classy one then book tickets to the London Gay Symphony Orchestra at The Barbican Centre. The orchestra celebrates their 18th birthday with a gala concert of opera classics featuring everything from Mozart to Bernstein. Tickets are £12 plus booking fee.
Screening: Will you dance with me?
Gay Pride isn’t all about the clubs and raves, there are also a variety of film screenings taking place from mid-June to July. Our top recommendation would be Derek Jarman’s film “Will you dance with me?” The film captures the hedonistic scenes of a gay club in 1984, a definite talking point if you and your date decide to head out for a few drinks afterwards.
For more date ideas head to our Gay Dating page.