As all eyes turn to London as it celebrates love, equality and diversity in all shapes and sizes, a collection of some of the city’s oldest and well-respected gay bars across the capital are coming together to create the ultimate Pride Pub Crawl on Saturday 8th July.
Every venue here will be giving away carnival style memorabilia throughout the Pride weekend including a staggering 150,000 Pride balloons and 100,000 festival cups! Every visitor to these pubs can also indulge in a brand new cocktail created especially for the event. A zesty blend of Smirnoff Vodka, lemonade and lemon juice across all nine sites taking part for just £6.50. Called the Skyball, the cocktail is served in a limited edition red cup donned with every colour of the rainbow, giving everyone another way to show their pride.
Rupert Street, Soho
A relaxed hangout by day, Rupert Street is the perfect spot for the after-work crowd looking meet likeminded people and unwind. Open until 3am with a host of DJ’s all night and an express Peroni and Kronenbourg bar all day!
50 Rupert Street, Soho, W1D 6DR / 0207 494 3059
One of oldest gay bars in London, Comptons is affectionately nicknamed “The Old Dame” of Old Compton Street. The relaxed, ‘pubby’ drinking spot attracts beer-drinking bears and live sports fans, but its friendly ambience means anyone is welcome. Open until 2am, Orange Nation will be on the decks from 2pm – 10pm for their pre-party. The theme is once upon a time!
51 – 53 Old Compton Street, Soho, W1D 6HN / 0207 096 5470
The Admiral Duncan, Soho
World famous Admiral Duncan is a great place to grab a drink and catch up with friends. One of the oldest gay pubs in London, and named after an admiral who defeated the Dutch fleet at the Battle of Camperdown in 1797. Open until 1AM, with a variety of cabaret acts on all day, Kara Van Park will be hosting the party all night!
54 Old Compton Street, W1D 4UB / 0207 437 5300
The Kings Arms, Soho
Attracting a predominantly ‘bearish’ crowd, The Kings Arms shows live sport and hosts karaoke nights and live DJ sets all weekend. Perfect for those partial to a beer, real ale or two – the emphasis at this gay bear bar in London is very much on beer, with a good choice of real ales on tap.
23 Poland Street, Soho, W1F 8QL / 0207 734 5907
Duke of Wellington, Soho
This two-storey Soho venue has the feel of a traditional British pub, complete with a friendly atmosphere, a busy downstairs bar and a relaxed seating area upstairs. Known as “The Welly,” the site is a good spot for watching live sport or enjoying a relaxing drink with friends.
Open until midnight, DJs will be playing all night with a Peroni express bar all day long!
77 Wardour Street, Soho, W1D 6QA / 0207 439 1274
The South American inspired bar, restaurant and nightclub will be spicing things up with 50% off drinks between 5pm – 8pm*. Bringing popular blends from the continent to the Capital, make the most of the summer evenings with a cocktail (or two!) in hand.
96 Charing Cross Road, WC2H 0JG / 0207 379 3277
Halfway 2 Heaven, The Strand
Between Charing Cross Station and Trafalgar Square, guests can get cosy upstairs in the traditional, friendly pub serving great cask ales and lagers. From cabaret to karaoke, the pub hosts an array of entertainment seven nights a week, providing a lively and friendly venue for the whole community.
7 Duncannon Street, WC2N 4JF / 0207 484 0736
Retro Bar, The Strand
One of London’s gems of the gay scene, enjoy this cosy indie bar with its colourful vibrant personality. Set aside in a little alleyway near Charing Cross, Retro Bar’s music is eclectic and the decor features photos of many iconic rock and pop figures. Open until 11pm. Myra Dubois is performing at 3:30pm followed by DJ’s on the decks all night.
2 George Street, WC2N 6HH / 0207 839 8760
Two Brewers, Clapham
Clapham’s classic cabaret bar will be treating guests to a host of acts and live music performances throughout Pride. Join in with the karaoke or salsa fun, test your knowledge at quiz nights, or be amazed by some of the top acts on London’s LGBT+ cabaret circuit. What’s more, on Pride night, the bar will be playing your favourite hits until 4am, with From the Sundae’s performing at midnight.
114 Clapham High Street, Clapham, SW4 7UJ / 0207 819 9539