South Bank London

Pride Month in South Bank


June is Pride Month, culminating in one of Europe's biggest Pride events on Saturday 29 June - the annual Pride in London parade that sets off just across the river, traversing the city from Hyde Park Corner to Whitehall Place.

South Bank is joining in London's Pride Month festivities with a host of lively LGBTQ+ events happening throughout June - many of which are free! Here's a look at what's on.

Chaka Khan's Meltdown

WHEN: 14–23 June
WHERE: Southbank Centre

The curator of this year's Meltdown festival at Southbank Centre is none of the funk and disco queen Chaka Khan. Her eclectic jazz, soul and funk-oriented Meltdown programme features several exciting queer acts and parties including a performance by the all-day London Queer Soundsystem Day (Sat 15 June), Todrick Hall (Sun 16 June), the Queer Bruk & Friends club night (Fri 21 June), the free entry Queer C*ntry party on the Riverside Terrace (Sat 22 June from 3pm) and Peng Femme Jam on Sun 23 June. Find out more here.

People enjoying drinks on a sunny day on a rooftop with London skyscrapers in the background

12th Knot Rooftop Sessions Pre-pride party

WHEN: Sat 22 June from 2pm
WHERE: 12th Knot at Sea Containers

The glittering 12th Knot rooftop bar at Sea Containers London hosts a special Pride edition of their Saturday Rooftop Sessions. Taking place the weekend before London’s annual Pride parade, the fantastic lineup of queer DJs taking to the decks includes Chris Jammer, Joel Mignott, Gucci Girl, and Dimi Lynch who will be spinning an irresistible blend of house, disco, funk, AfroBeats and soul. Entry is FREE. Find out more here.

Pride Ride 2024

WHEN: Sat 22 June at 1:30pm
WHERE: Starts from outside National Theatre

The annual Pride Ride is a fun social bike ride across London that takes place on the weekend before the official Pride in London parade. The ride is organised every year by the IbikeLondon community with riders accompanied by experienced marshalls and music booming from a fleet of disco bikes. The Pride Ride meets up to start their journey across London outside the National Theatre in South Bank traversing 15-20 miles across London during the space of the afternoon. The ride is set at a relaxed pace so as to ensure riders also get to socialise along the way and there is a 30minute halfway stop for refreshments. The ride is a free and informal social event, register to join here, and find out more here.

Nazar 

WHEN: Sat 29 June from 4pm
WHERE: Riverside Terrace at Southbank Centre

The opening weekend of summer’s You Belong Here festival at Southbank Centre sees the NAZAR Pride party taking over the Riverside Terrace.  A dazzling open-air party for the queer SWANA (Southwest Asian and North African) and South Asian diaspora, NAZAR is curated by Ryan Lanji (Hungama) and Drew Demetry (Nafs.Space) with DJ sets and performance right through the evening and into the night. Note that the event is recommended for audiences 14+, for family-friendly content, you should attend before 9pm. Entrance is FREE. Find out more here.

Drag Brunch with Tayce

WHEN: Sat 29 June 11:30am–2:30pm
WHERE: Between the Bridges

Get geared up for this year’s Pride parade by kicking start the day with a special Pride edition of the raucous Drag Brunch party at Between the Bridges. Drag Race UK’ superstar Tayce headlines this edition with queen Miss Leighding serving alongside. Guests can look forward to some furious sashaying, world-class lip-synching and the fiercest death drops, plus a whole host of fun games, chances to win prizes, birthday shoutouts and a banging playlist – plus tickets also include one hour of bottomless prosecco. Tickets £28. Find out more here.

The Glory at River Stage

WHEN: Fri 5 July 6:30pm–11pm, Sat 6 July 12pm–11pm, Sun 7 July 12pm–6pm
WHERE: National Theatre

As a follow-up to this year’s Pride in London parade, head into town and indulge in a weekend of the fiercest drag and cabaret at the National Theatre’s free River Stage festival. This opening weekend is hosted and curated by The Glory’s Grande-Dames Jonny Woo and John Sizzle. They are calling on their top drag queens and kings, cabaret artists, DJs, and theatre makers to present a free weekend of queer music, performance and hi-jinx by the river representing queer London at its best! Entrance is FREE. Find out more here.

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