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Pride parade in London 2023: route, map, start time and best places to watch

London’s Pride parade is one of the highlights of Pride Month. Here’s where to see the best of the rainbow-hued action

Alex Sims
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London is home to a wealth of queer bars, clubs, nights and other spaces, so it’s no wonder the city’s LGBTQ+ scene is among the most fabulous in the world. But, it’s Pride Month when the LGBTQ+ celebrations really take off, as Pride in London fills the city with LGBTQ-themed events, protests and parties.

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The jewel in Pride Month’s crown is the annual Pride Parade, which will once again set off from Hyde Park Corner, wending its way to Whitehall Place with over 600 groups and over 30,000 participants in tow. The mayor of London will lead the parade and there’ll be entertainment across five stages and a family area. Plus, it’s entirely free to watch. 

Join the route yourself, which after leaving Hyde Park Corner will head down to Piccadilly Circus, then turn south onto Haymarket and Trafalgar Square, before ending in Whitehall Place. 

London Pride Parade map

London Pride Parade route map for 2023
Time OutLondon Pride Parade route map for 2023

When is the London Pride Parade 2023?

This year London’s Pride parade will place on Saturday, July 1.

This year’s theme has yet to be announced. Last year’s Pride in London parade, which had the theme #AllOurPride, attracted a record 1.5 million people to the streets of London, so this year’s event has plenty to live up to.

Christopher Joell-Deshields, Pride in London CEO, said: ‘We were ecstatic to be back on the streets of London in protest and celebration in 2022 with #AllOurPride. We look forward to London’s LGBT+ communities coming together again on July 1 2023 as we continue to show up for visibility, unity and equality for all LGBT+ people.’

What time does the London Pride Parade start?

As in previous years, the London Pride parade will start at noon at Hyde Park Corner. The grandstand in Haymarket will be open from 11am. 

Who will be performing in the London Pride Parade line-up? 

Expect to see a wealth of LGBTQ+ talent across multiple stages, including the main stage in Trafalgar Square,  The Dean Street Cabaret Stage, The Golden Square World Stage and The LGBTQIA Women and Non-Binary Stage in Leicester Square. 

On the Trafalgar Square Stage, you can watch performances from the West End cast of Six the Musical, Winners of Pride's Got Talent 2023, Idina Menzel and Adam Lambert. In Leicester Square Grace Parry, Eloise Viola, West End Cast of Tina the Musical and Adam All and Apple Derrieres will take to the stage. 

The Golden Square stage will see acts including Lordin, Don One, Jamie Fuxx, Club Kali and Cocoa Butter Club. Ebony Rose Dark, Bitten Peach, Princess Julia, The Glory and Divas will be on the Soho Square stage and Sadie Sinner & The Cocoa Butter Club, Beau Jangles, London Gay Men's Chorus and Sweet FA will be on the Dean Street stage. Plus many more. 

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The best places to watch London Pride parade 2023

Hyde Park Corner
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Hyde Park Corner

This is where every float and marcher will enter the parade and the first place along the route that spectators can officially spectate. All the participants have to wait their turn, so don't panic if you haven’t spotted your mates yet. 

Piccadilly Circus
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Piccadilly Circus

The tourist-bait centre of the known world also provides a fantastic view of the Pride Parade, against a backdrop of mighty adverts, open-top buses and all the rest. But... you’ll have to get here early if you want to grab a front-row spot.

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Haymarket

This is where you’ll find the Pride Parade official grandstand, but even if you don’t have tickets to that, you’ll be able to get a great view of the parade here as it passes down the road.  

Trafalgar Square
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Trafalgar Square

By this point in the Pride Parade route, there’s a little bit more space to get a really good view of the (literal) proceedings. Still, it will be properly chockablock, so bear that in mind.

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Whitehall

This is the parade’s final stop. Afterwards, many marchers will head into Soho or nearby Trafalgar Square to watch the rally and performances, eat, drink, hang out and the rest. Enjoy!

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