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South Bank Guide to Pride

June 11th, 2019 | by Ella Stern

South Bank Guide to Pride

The Pride in London Parade on July 6th may not visit us south of the river, but nevertheless, there is a plethora of amazing LGBT+ events are taking place on the South Bank throughout June and July to celebrate Pride in London, and the successes and achievements of LGBT+ Londoners over the past year.

In terms of the biggest gathering, most of London - including the South Bank - will be basically staging an LGBT+ takeover on July 6th to coincide with the Pride in London Parade, so expect London to turn rainbow-coloured as live music, drag shows, talks and debates, theatre, performance and much more hit the streets and London’s favourite venues.

Throughout the two months, practically the entire picturesque stretch of South Bank riverside will be getting involved in the celebrations, so wander over to take in the general atmosphere, or book tickets to a particular event, many of which are donating proceeds to Pride in London, who work to support causes for LGBT+ people in London.

Scroll below for our comprehensive guide to all the best that’s going on on the South Bank - and support London’s LGBT+ people with Pride!

  • Gaydio and Park Plaza Riverbank

    This luxury hotel is continuing its relationship with LGBT+ radio station, Gaydio to host a live breakfast broadcast on July 6th, the morning of the major Pride in London celebrations. It’s worth listening in online for a chance to win a free overnight hotel stay - presenters Jessie and Matt will be giving away the prize live on air.

    A comfortable bed with London skyline views after hours of partying at Pride? Sign. Us. Up.

    Park Plaza London Riverbank
  • The London Eye

    While partygoers, pubs and probably even the Police (they can paint their faces too, right?) will be turning the streets multi-coloured, the sky’s also set to turn rainbow-coloured as the Coca-Cola London Eye has confirmed it will turn into a kaleadoscope of colour the evening of July 6th to celebrate Pride in London.

    This will make for an especially powerful symbol of LGBT+ rights, as the London Eye can be seen from all over the capital, not only for those that choose to party for Pride.

    Coca-Cola London Eye
  • Kiss My Genders at Hayward Gallery

    The Hayward Gallery’s exhibition, Kiss my Genders, is running throughout summer and perfectly colliding with all the celebrations around Pride in London. The exhibition comprises over 100 artworks by thirty internationally-acclaimed artists creating their own expressions inspired by the word ‘gender’.

    The artworks respond to current conversations around gender fluidity, non-binary, trans and intersex people across a range of mediums, including photography, painting, sculpture, installation and video.

    The aim of the exhibition is to celebrate and expose the versality of gender, and encourage more open conversations and eradicate the stigma around gender difference. If all this sounds new to you, that’s even more of a reason to go along and learn.


    Southbank Centre
  • There’s only one Peach with the hole at Royal Festival Hall

    There’s Only One Peach with a Hole in the Middle is a head-spinningly unusual and spectacular night of cabaret involving queer pop icon Peaches, who will perform with forty musicians to display her vision of “the past, present and future of queer feminism” live on stage.

    The crossover show will feature live music, some of the tracks are likely to be Peaches’ own, alongside elements of cabaret performance that’ll be as potty as it is political (or are they both the same thing?)

    Peaches puts a female stamp on “traditionally male-dominated music genres” like rock, punk, heavy metal and rap in this show, which is as likely to shock as it is to induce laughter and tears; it sounds as fearless as the work of the progressive LGBT+ icons it is in ode to.

    Southbank Centre
  • Fashion Freak Show at Queen Elizabeth Hall

    French fashion designer Jean Paul Gautier has spoken about gender and sexuality through pop culture since the Nineties, and his latest exhibition, Fashion Freak Show, goes a step further than he has gone before: it incorporates a live catwalk show showcasing Gautier’s newest designs while also being a live theatre show.

    Gautier’s stage show will feature his exuberant fashion to tell a story about how we live our lives today, and is sure to be as lavish, provocative and glamorous as the man himself.

    The show involves circus performers, actors and artists who will create performances in the space combining Gautier’s latest clothes - and Gautier himself tells stories about some of his wildest party nights out.

    Southbank Centre
  • Outdoor Stage at National Theatre

    The National’s summer-long free outdoor theatre space (who said you can’t get something for nothing?) kicks off on Pride weekend, July 6th, with shows hosted by east London’s fierce drag pub, The Glory.

    If you’re in east London, The Glory is an absolute must-visit for its weekly scheduling of amazing live cabaret and community atmosphere (it’s like a village pub, only for LGBT+ people, right here in the capital, what could be better?!)

    But back to the NT’s outdoor stage and The Glory’s three-day Pride Party features lip-sync battles, a ‘We Love EU’ party (no prizes for what that’s about), as well as a range of themed parties (all for free) and a diverse line-up of drag and cabaret shows to celebrate Pride, and mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots.

    July 5 - 7th for The Glory’s scheduling, the River Stage continues until August 4

    National Theatre
  • Cocktails at Marriott County Hall

    Gillray’s Bar inside the historic County Hall on the riverside, which now houses the Marriott hotel, have tasked their mixologists with creating a rainbow-coloured range of cocktails to celebrate Pride in London this year.

    There are views out onto the river, and the South Bank, from the bar, which is in one of the old historic rooms with wooden coffered walls. A cocktail here is a sophisticated way to kick off a day on the river.



    London Marriott Hotel County Hall
  • Underbelly

    There’s an upside down cow inviting guests into her belly for laughs all summer (we’re serious - wander over Waterloo Bridge and you’ll spot her). Two of the shows coincide with Pride in London and aren’t to be missed.

    Yummy is a burlesque show involving performance and drag elements, with a colourful cast of seven drag queens set to rip ticketholders out of their seats and onto “the most delicious and unpredictable ride of their lives”.

    Squad Goals plays over Pride in London weekend for only three performances. It stars X Factor’s Seann Miley Moore alongside two other fierce drag queens on a mission to find their own identities within London’s queer scene. The show is ultimately about unity and friendship, and the power both hold when overcoming adversity, and features pop bangers from Destiny’s Child, TLC and more.

    Underbelly Festival South Bank
  • Champagne with City Cruises

    Why be next to the river if you can do one better by actually getting on the river? That’s the thought process behind City Cruises and their Champagne Sunday Brunch, which features a bottomless spread of brunch food and glass of Champagne on arrival.

    DJs recreate an Ibiza-style party vibe as you cruise for two hours down the river, past London’s most famous buildings, and there’s an open bar for more bottles of the good stuff if one glass just doesn’t cut it.

    City Cruises will be running a number of bespoke Pride Cruises over the course of Pride in London, check their website for further details of dates when they are announced.

    City Cruises
  • Artyard at Bankside Hotel

    Art|Yard Bar & Kitchen, within the Bankside Hotel, will be glowing with pride throughout June to celebrate Pride in London. The kitchen has developed an exclusive range of macaroons, each one inspired differently by The Rainbow Flag. Book for lunch, or a glass or champagne, alongside the macaroons to make more of a, ahem, meal of the occasion.

    Even better, the hotel’ll be donating £1 for every macaroon collection sold to Pride In London, and individual macaroons are £1.50, or try the entire collection for £10. Find the hotel a short walk from the riverfront, and within an area replete with lots of other great restaurants, including British celebrity chef Mark Hix’s contemporary restaurant, Hixter.




Find The Venues

  • 1 - Park Plaza London Riverbank

    18 Albert Embankment
    London SE1 7TJ 

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  • 2 - Coca-Cola London Eye

    County Hall
    Riverside Building
    Westminster Bridge Road
    London SE1 7PB 


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  • 3 - Southbank Centre

    Belvedere Road
    SE1 8XX 

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  • 4 - Southbank Centre

    Belvedere Road
    SE1 8XX 

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  • 5 - Southbank Centre

    Belvedere Road
    SE1 8XX 

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  • 6 - National Theatre

    Upper Ground, South Bank
    SE1 9PX 

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  • 7 - London Marriott Hotel County Hall

    London County Hall, Westminster Bridge Rd, Lambeth, South Bank London SE1 7PB

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  • 8 - Underbelly Festival South Bank

    Belvedere Road Coach Park
    London SE1 8XX

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  • 9 - City Cruises

    Westminster Bridge Rd, South Bank, London SE1 7PB

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  • 10 - Bankside

    Bankside Hotel 2 Blackfriars Rd London UK SE1 9JU 

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