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Alternative Ways To Celebrate Pride in London

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Colourful celebrations are going on across the capital this weekend

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Though the parade isn’t going ahead this year, London’s Pride festivities are far from being cancelled. Fancy a high octane weekend with larger than life entertainment? There’s a Big Drag Brunch for that. Or perhaps you’d want a more artsy low key celebration, have a gander round the LGBT+ craft market, or why not meet like-minded people whilst crafting your own zine. 

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Alternative Ways To Celebrate Pride in London

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LGBTQ+ Craft Market

LGBTQ+ Craft Market

Marvel at the craft and creativity of LGBTQ+ community with the SoLo Craft Fair’s special LGBTQ+ market. Browse through stalls selling illustration, showcasing the talents of Sophie Kathleen, to Taylor Shaw ceramics, plus homeware, trinkets, fashion, and lots more. It’s popping up on Southbank as part of the Between the Bridges event. 12 September, 12 – 5pm. Southbank, SE1 7NA. prideinlondon.org

Common Counter Press

Zine Dating at The Common Press

Fancy learning how to make a zine, make friends or let sparks fly? The recently opened creative queer hub, The Common Press (think an aesthetic fusion of an artsy LBGTQ+ book store and coffee shop) is hosting a day event, Zine Dating. Get inspired and browse through the Grrrl Zine Library. Once you’ve come up with your design, you’ll get plenty of craft supplies and guidance to work your creativity. All the whilst, if you’re keen to find a date, you’ll be able to let a matchmaker know what you’re looking for and you’ll get matched. 12 September, 11 – 5pm. The Commons at Glass House, E2 6DG. glasshouse.london

The Ivy Soho

The Ivy Soho

Care for a ‘Dream Kween’ or a ‘Born This Way’? Witty cocktails are just some of the ways The Ivy is dialling up the flamboyancy up a notch.  Diners will be treated with a flurry of high octane celebrations – think stilt walkers, drag acts, plus a live DJ promised to play only the most iconic music. 10 – 12 September. theivysohobrasserie.com

Kimpton Fitzroy London

Fitz’s Big Drag Brunch

Kimpton Fitzroy London is hosting a fabulous ‘Fitz’s Big Drag Brunch’ hosted by one of London’s best drag icons, Ms Ginger Phlappage. Expect lively interaction: think games, fashion challenges and four marvellous drag numbers from a whole host of London’s most iconic drag queens featuring comedy skits and dance extravaganzas. It’s an ‘all you can eat’ brunch bites style – Eggs Benedict croissants, a quinoa burger with avocado and halloumi, and plenty more. £45 per person. fitz.co.uk

Vaudeville Theatre

Vaudeville Theatre

Catch the final performance of Micheal’s Longhurst’s Constellations, which portrays a queer couple in Nick Payne’s beautiful, critically acclaimed romance. This two-person performance, by Omari Douglas and Russell Tovey considers the various courses a relationship can take with every possible future ahead of them. Tickets available here from £20. 11 September. donmar.com

Seven Dials Unplugged

Seven Dials Unplugged, Pride Edition

Though the fanfare of the parade won’t be on, across this weekend the streets will come alive with the sound of music from the LGBTQ+ community. Welcome the rising stars of Stee Moglie, Polly Money, and Sully Gravity at Seven Dials Unplugged. 11 – 12 September. sevendials.co.uk