Pride celebrations in London have been forced into hibernation for the last two years, with the pandemic placing a lid on what is usually a huge annual event. But Pride in London is back and set to be bigger than ever for 2022! Not only is it making its return to the capital after a two-year-long hiatus, but this year also marks the 50th anniversary of Pride in London.
The very first Gay Pride London march took place on 1 July 1972 in response to the Stonewall Riots, where police raided a gay inn in New York in 1969. Travelling from Hyde Park to Trafalgar Square, the march was organised by members of the Gay Liberation Front to rally against the prejudices and injustices held against the gay community. Around 2,000 people took part in that initial demonstration, a far cry from the estimated million people who turn out for Pride celebrations in the city today. In fact, with about 1.5 million people taking to the streets for the last event in 2019, we’re expecting 2022 to be one of the largest Pride celebrations to date.
This year, the campaign is about ‘acknowledging those torch bearers who have come before us’, while recognising ‘the challenges still faced by our community nationally and globally’, say the organisers of Pride in London. Specifically, they’re calling on the government to ban conversion therapy for all LGBTQ+ people, to reform the Gender Recognition Act, to provide equal protection for LGBTQ+ communities against hate crime, establish an AIDS memorial and much more.
Although the Pride Parade is sure to be a huge one-day event, there are plenty more Pride celebrations taking place in the capital throughout the months of June and July. Because we're obsessed with all things restaurants, we've rounded up the best places for foodies to celebrate Pride in London. From limited-edition menu items and charitable donations to drag brunches and special events at LGBTQ+ orientated bars and restaurants. Take a look at this line-up of things to do, see and eat to show your support for Pride in London this year.
What is the route for the Pride in London parade 2022?
The Pride in London parade will kick off at Hyde Park near Marble Arch, where the first post-march picnic took place, before moving down to Hyde Park Corner, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalger Square and finally finishing at Whitehall Place.
When is the Pride in London parade 2022?
The Pride in London parade will take place on Saturday July 2 2022. Pride celebrations in London last for the whole of June and into July.
Where to celebrate Pride in London
London's restaurants and bars are showing their support for Pride via a host of special creations, parties and events. Here are just a few of our favourite ways to join in with the best Pride London parties.
The Little Scarlet Door x The Queer Brewing Project
What: Newly-opened The Little Scarlet Door in Soho has partnered with The Queer Brewing Project to create a range of cool and colourful pint-sized cans. The project was set up by Lily Waite in 2019 to raise money for LGBTQ+ charities and provide better visibility for LGBTQ+ people in the beer world. The month-long partnership allows guests to purchase the cans, including Tiny Dots, Existence As A Radical Act and Glitter Veil, with £1 from each beer sold donated to support LGBTQ+ youth homelessness charity AKT.
When: 22 June - 31 July
Where: 12-13 Greek Street, W1D 4DL
Book now: The Little Scarlet Door
Yauatcha - Rainbow Dim Sum
What: Yauatcha is offering a range of limited-edition rainbow dumplings throughout the month of June to support the LGBTQ+ community and join in with Pride celebrations. Available at its City and Soho locations, £1 from ever dish sold of the colourful dim sum will go towards the Micro Rainbow International Foundation, a charity which focuses on providing safe housing, promoting social inclusion and facilitating access to employment, volunteering, training, and education for LGBTQ+ refugees and asylum seekers. There's one dumpling for each colour of the rainbow (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet), with fillings including cumin lamb, chicken and chive, pork and prawn and truffle sweet potato.
When: Available throughout June 2022
Where: Broadgate Circle, EC2M 2QS; 15-17 Broadwick Street, W1F 0DL
Book now: Yauatcha City, Yauatcha Soho
St Martin's House - Perform with Pride Shot
What: Newly-opened St Martin's House in Covent Garden has launched a Perform with Pride shot for the month of June in support of Raze Collective, an LGBTQ+ charity that aims to support, develop and nurture queer performance in the UK. The shot costs £5.95 and 50p from every glass sold goes towards the charity, which is what makes the lethal mix of Midori, Absinth, Grenadin and Passionfruit Puree all the more worthwhile.
When: Available throughout June 2022
Where: 4A Upper St Martin's Lane, WC2H 9NY
Book now: St Martin's House
Crosstown X Madame F X Queer Britain - Doughnut and Wine Box
What: Award-winning doughnut company Crosstown has teamed up with Madame F to curate a limited-edition doughnut and wine box to celebrate Pride. The box will feature six of Crosstown's famous sourdough doughnuts alongside a bottle of Madame F Rosé wine; a delicate, fruity wine with a hint of citrus! Bringing sweet treats and a vibrant wine, this box is the perfect accompaniment for your Pride celebrations. Another added bonus is that for every box sold, Crosstown will be donating £5 to Queer Britain - a charity that supports the creative community and has established the nation's first LGBTQ+ museum.
When: 20 June - 3 July 2022
Order here: Crosstown Doughnuts
Shake Shack - Pride Shake
What: Shake Shack is reintroducing its limited-edition Pride Shake for two months this year, which sees a strawberry and blackberry frozen custard topped with a mango and passion fruit blend, whipped cream and rainbow glitter. What makes this standout creation even better is that £1 from every shake sold will be donated to Colours Youth Network, a non-profit organisation that supports young people of colour who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer and intersex (QTIBPOC) to explore and celebrate who they are.
When: Available 1 June – 31 July 2022
Where: All Shake Shack locations
Book now: Shake Shack
St James Bar - Ray Cocktail
What: For the month of June, St James Bar in Sofitel London St James is donating £1 from every Ray cocktail sold to London Friend, a volunteer-led charity that offers help and advice to LGBTQ+ people, from counselling to support groups, classes and more. The rainbow-coloured cocktail is part of the bar’s Imagination menu and comprises gin, clementine, passion fruit, white port, kaffir and Champagne.
When: Available throughout June 2022
Where: 8 Pall Mall, SW1Y 5NG
Book now: St James Bar
Royal Vauxhall Tavern - Pride’s Got Talent
What: Royal Vauxhall Tavern is one of the most iconic LGBTQ+ cabaret venues in London known for hosting epic cabaret shows, live performances, panto, comedy and more - you can bet it has at least one event lined up for Pride this year. Any one of its cabaret nights is a great way to join in the celebrations (they take place every Sunday), but do make sure to add its Pride’s Got Talent event to your diary, which is scheduled to take place on 27 June. Further details to be announced soon.
When: 27 June 2022
Where: 372 Kennington Lane, SE11 5HY
The Duke of Wellington - Pride Icons Party
What: One of Soho’s most legendary LGBTQ+ pubs, The Duke of Wellington in Soho is hosting its Pride Icons Party on the 2 July, where DJs David Robson and Heidi Licious will be blasting tunes from midday to 1am.
When: 2 July 2022, 12pm-1am
Where: 77 Wardour Street, W1D 6QA
Celebrating in Soho? Rest assured all that partying is bound to make you peckish. Refuel at one of these best restaurants in Soho.