Above: The Pride Six at Temper
This weekend, the world will be a shinier, happier, rainbow-coloured place, as Pride takes centre stage. If you’re in London, check out these spots to dance the day away, sing into the night, and then recover in style…
(Unless stated, all events take place on Saturday 6th July)
Nine Lives mermaid themed street party
This Pride, Nine Lives are encouraging revellers to ‘be more mermaid’, with their magical, mythical aquatic party, in association with CÎROC Summer Watermelon Vodka. On Saturday 6th July, get your resting beach face on and deep dive into a world of bubbles and drag mermaids.
The outlandish affair is set to make a vibrant splash with an oceanic drag queen beauty pageant; selection of refreshing slushies and spritzers made with limited-edition vodka, CÎROC Summer Watermelon; killer DJs; bubble machines and inviting paddling pools. The event is set to stretch from the cobbled outdoor space to the Victorian basement bar, where partygoers can sip on bespoke cocktails and enjoy serious party vibes.
From 2pm on Saturday, 6th July 2019
8 Holyrood St, London SE1 2EL ninelivesbar.com
Rainbow Brunch Party at VIVI Restaurant & Bar
To celebrate Soho’s favourite carnival, VIVI is throwing the ultimate multi-coloured brunch party. Choose from bottomless bubbles, Bloody Marys or Aperol Spritzes, and enjoy three courses of colourful brunch dishes such as smashed avocado on grilled sourdough and eggs Royale. Music comes courtesy of ALR Music – expect a killer set list featuring Cher, Gaga and much more Pride-perfect fabulousness – and there’s even a prize for the best dressed, so don’t be shy!
Tickets are £35 for the three-course brunch, and you can go bottomless for £17.50 extra. VIVI will donate £1 from each ticket to LGBTQ+ youth homelessness charity akt. Book your slot via Design My Night here: .
Centre Point, 11 St Giles Square, London WC2H 8AP vivirestaurant.co.uk
Get your drag on at The Piano Works
Warm up your vocal chords and prepare to channel your inner Kylie, because The Piano Works is hosting an Express Yourself Party at the Farringdon and West End branches.
Hosted by the fabulous Drag Idol UK finalist Topsie Redfern, guests are invited to sing loud and proud and dance the night away from 5pm until late. What’s more, there’ll be a special Express Yourself Pride cocktail to help things along, made with Bombay Sapphire Gin, Blue Curaçao, aquafaba and fresh lemon juice, topped with cherries.
Free entry until 8pm and again after midnight.
Farringdon: 113-117 Farringdon Road, Corner of Ray Street, EC1R 3BX
West End: 47 Whitcomb Street (Off Wardour Street), WC2H 7DH
Pride Drag Bottomless Brunch at All Star Lanes
Drag queens and bowling: what could be a better combo? All Star Lanes is celebrating the day by hosting a Pride Drag Bottomless Brunch on 7th July at Brick Lane and 25th August at Manchester, Deansgate. From 2pm guests will enjoy a fabulous all-singing, all-dancing Pride brunch extravaganza with a dazzling performance from their drag queen duo.
Limited-edition Pride Specials are being added to the existing brunch menu, including an Over The Rainbow cocktail made with Midori melon liqueur, egg white, vanilla syrup and lime juice.
For every Pride special purchased, 50p will be donated to the Terrence Higgins Trust.
Temper Covent Garden – The Pride Six
Prepare to drink the rainbow… In celebration of Pride 2019, Temper have curated an eye-catching, Pride-inspired cocktail menu, with six cocktails, coloured the six colours of the Pride rainbow, all priced at £6 each (see image, top). £1 from each cocktail sold will be donated to LGBTQ charity Stonewall, who campaign for the equality of LGBTQ people across Britain.
The cocktails will be available from 1st-7th July at Temper Soho, City and Covent Garden.
Hangover brunch at The LaLiT London
The perfect antidote to when you’ve marched proud and partied hard? A hearty brunch and hair of the dog. Return to The LaLiT London on Sunday 7th July for the ultimate hangover cure.
The Pride brunch menu will include the likes of samosa chaat with sweet yogurt and tamarind chutney, and slow-braised pork belly with honey and chilli glaze. Available from 12-2pm and priced at £40 per person, choose up to eight dishes from the special menu, and enjoy accompanied by two hours of bottomless prosecco.
Book tickets here
181 Tooley Street, SE1 2JR. thelalit.com
aqua nueva + Pride month special dessert and cocktail
Choose love. And desserts. And cocktails. This Pride, head to aqua nueva to experience their special Pride & Joy cocktail, made with ABA Pisco, yuzu sake & Abbots bitter. And don’t miss the creamy white chocolate Bavarois dessert served with strawberry sorbet and candyfloss.
5th Floor 240 Regent Street, (entrance 30 Argyll St) W1F 7EB
Compiled by Rebecca Milford