Parades and Parties – Pride in London

London has long been known as one of the most culturally diverse places in the United Kingdom, and what better way to applaud this diversity than with Pride in London 2015? The event, which celebrates all thing LGBT+ (‘lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, questioning, intersex, non-binary, asexual, polysexual, genderqueer and gender variant’) will be massive. Last year, some 30,000 people joined in its parade and more than 750,000 were involved on the day. This year, the festivities are taking place from 21 to 28 June.

As a hotel in central London, we like to stay on top of all the latest and greatest goings-on across the capital, so we’ve rounded up all the essential details of this year’s Pride festivities.

Trafalgar Square

Strand Palace Hotel is just steps away from Trafalgar Square, one of the main hubs during Pride in London. On 27 June, free shows will be put on there. From 1pm to 8pm, entrants from the Pride’s Got Talent competition, as well as LGBT rights organization Stonewall and Drag Idol winner La Voix, will be taking to the stage. Guests hoping to attend will be glad to know that Trafalgar Square is only a 6-minute walk from Strand Palace Hotel.

Pride Parade 2015

Pride in London Parade will be marching from Baker Street to Whitehall between 1pm and 4.30pm on 27 June. The parade route takes in major London sights like Oxford Street, Regent Street and Pall Mall, and participants are encourage to dress up in an outfit inspired by the theme of Pride Heroes. If you are a member of one of the 250 organisations involved in the parade, get your thinking cap on! Otherwise, head along to cheer them on. Strand Palace Hotel is just a short walk away from the Pride in London Parade route, so go to Whitehall or Charing Cross to watch from the sidelines.

Pride Arts Festival

Most of the Pride Arts Festival events will take place between 21 and 28 June. If you’re looking for a Pride party near Strand Palace Hotel, head on down to the Phoenix Artist Club for the Live at the Phoenix event on June 21. Drag artist Vanity von Glow will be spearheading a cabaret night and there is no admission charge to the club, which is about 10 minutes’ walk from Strand Palace Hotel. Alternatively, get on the Northern line at Charing Cross Tube station, get off at Tottenham Court Road and walk from there.

Are you coming to London to celebrate Pride 2015? Stay at Strand Palace. Not only is our hotel near the Pride in London parade route, but it’s also near many of the other main Pride hubs.

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