Pride In London: Your Guide To The Capital's Biggest LGBTQ+ Party

Last Updated 17 June 2024

Pride In London: Your Guide To The Capital's Biggest LGBTQ+ Party

Parade, parties and a side helping of LGBTQ+ goodness — here's your ultimate guide to Pride in London 2024.

Pride in London: A drag queen in a sparkly blue outfit waving a flag
Around 1.5 million people take part in Pride in London. Image: iStock/ serefozdemir

What is Pride in London?

Pride in London itself is a non-profit organisation that promotes and supports the capital's LGBTQ+ communities. Each summer, it hosts the Pride in London event — a mammoth celebration, and huge platform for those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, questioning, intersex, non-binary, asexual, polysexual, genderqueer or gender variant. Cue huge parties, fantastically fun events, and a parade to end all parades (until the one that happens the following year). Allies, of course, are welcome to join in too.

When is Pride in London 2024?

A person with a banner at Pride
Image: sasastro via creative commons

The big parade — which attracts crowds of 1.5 million — takes place on Saturday 29 June.

Can I take part in the Pride parade?

Though everyone's welcome to watch the parade, only groups and organisations can take part in it. You need to apply to do this, although applications for 2024 are now closed.

What's the Pride in London parade route?

Some 30,000 participants and 300 floats will set off from Hyde Park Corner at 12pm on Saturday 29 June 2024.

Assuming the route is the same as in 2023 (see map above), they'll be dancing and singing their way down Park Lane, along Piccadilly, down Haymarket, into Trafalgar Square and finishing up in Whitehall. The route is studded with toilets, first aid stations and the like — and there are stages with live drag/cabaret/musical etc performances in Golden Square, Trafalgar Square, Leicester Square and Dean Street in Soho — plus a family area in St Giles-in-the-Field.

Lots of LGBTQ+ bars will be open during the day, particularly in Soho, so you needn't worrying about empty glasses.

How long does the Pride parade last?

Pride in London: A person waving a pride flag, and wearing an 'I heart Hackney' t shirt
Image: iStock/coldsnowstorm

About six hours — from 12pm-6pm — although the partying rumbles on waaaay after that, should you be in the market for a proper wingding.

Do you need tickets for Pride in London?

Nope, just show up. Although, if you want to watch from the covered grandstand on Haymarket, a seat will set you back £60.

What's the history behind Pride in London?

Pride in London: An old Pride parade, with people holding a rainbow banner for 'lesbian and gay Pride'
Pride in London is now over half a century old.

The origins of Pride in London can be traced back to the first official Gay Pride march of 1 July 1972. (Although there were actually earlier marches in Highbury Fields in 1970.) Inspired by the events of Stonewall in New York City three years earlier, the parade saw 2,000 participants armed with banners, tambourines, balloons and whistles descend on Trafalgar Square, then march to Hyde Park for a picnic. Here's a copy of the original programme.

Today's route traces that of the inaugural march (though it begins in Hyde Park now, rather than culminating there).

What's the Pride in London 2024 theme?

A person dressed in yellow with a Pride flag
Image: Adrian Snood via creative commons

Pride in London has a new theme each year. 2024's hasn't yet been announced — we'll let you know when it is.

Are there any good Pride parties/afterparties in 2024?

Pride in London: Red phone boxes with rainbows in the windows
London's gearing up for Pride. Image: iStock/Nayomiee

Loads! Including these (which are all on 29 June 2024):

Is TfL doing anything special?

A rainbow liveried bus and train - both with drivers smiling through the open windows
Image: TfL

TfL usually does something to celebrate. In 2023, there was an LGBTQ+ poster campaign featuring the likes of Gok Wan and Bimini, rainbow-wrapped Overground and Elizabeth line trains, and a rainbow 63 bus too. Keep 'em peeled.

Anything else to look out for?

Two people posing with their Proud West End installations
Image: Proud West End

A free outdoor exhibition, Proud West End, can be found scattered around the Oxford Street area right now, with 'living portrait installations' of 11 LGBTQ+ people sharing their candid, personal stories of pride, representation and resilience. Can the QR code next to each portrait to listen.

Are there other big Pride/LGBTQ+ events in London throughout the year?

Pride in London: A drag queen dressed as a raven in front of the Tower of London
Image: HRP

Hell yes. Others include:

London also happens to have one of the buzziest LGBTQ+ scenes in the world — so you can get your fill of everything from bookclubs to bars on a daily basis.

You could also celebrate Pride by going to see a show at London's queer comedy club, an exhibition at the Queer Britain museum, explore the British Museum's permanent Desire, love, identity: LGBTQ histories trail... the list goes on and on.

Lead me to more LGBTQ+ content!

Pride in London: Three Titans players posing at Stamford Bridge

Your wish is our command. We've got an ever-swelling coffers of top LGBTQ articles on Londonist. Check out these for starters:

LGBTQ+ things to do

LGBTQ+ features

LGBTQ+ history