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8 alternative Pride events you won’t want to miss

Not sold on the annual parade? Take the rainbow road less travelled at these wonderful LGBTQ+ events over Pride weekend

By Alice Savile

Pride in London might be centred around the parade on Saturday July 6, but it’s far from a one-day event. Hundreds of brilliant off-shoot Pride talks, parties, shows and exhibitions are held across the city right up until Sunday July 7. Whether you want to rave, protest, debate or just lose yourself in a much smaller crowd, there’s a Pride celebration for pretty much everyone. Here are some of our favourites.

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Go West!

Museums Acton

It’s typically a bit of a dry spot for LGBTQ+ nightlife, but leafy west London’s getting a dose of Pride action with this boisterous night at a local history museum. There’ll be a drag king Freddie Mercury, a queer pub quiz and DJs from Unskinny Bop, all housed in the splendour of a manor once owned by a Rothschild. Gunnersbury Park Museum. Tube: Acton Town. Fri Jul 5. £6.


‘Arrows of Desire’

Art Arts centres Bloomsbury

Saint Sebastian became an unlikely queer icon for the likes of Oscar Wilde, who pored over paintings of his topless, arrow-pierced body. Now a new generation of artists are responding to the holy hottie using paintings, video and sculpture; see their work for free at this group exhibition. Horse Hospital. Tube: Holborn. Fri Jul 5-Jul 20. Free. Find out more here


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Museums Military and maritime Greenwich

Hello, sailor – it’s time to pay tribute to the navy’s glorious (if unofficial) gay past with this night out at the Greenwich Maritime Museum. Its historic boats will rock to a vogueing demo, dancing and the sounds of new musical ‘Deptford Wives’, which follows an eighteenth-century woman who dressed up as a boy and ran away to sea. Greenwich Maritime Museum. Cutty Sark DLR. Fri Jul 5. £15. Find out more here

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Family Pride

Music Classical and opera Covent Garden

Introduce the kids to queerness and high culture in one rainbow-tinted afternoon at the Royal Opera House’s mini festival. There’s an adorable-sounding ballet about two gay penguins, a mini-opera about women who wear the trousers, and drag queen story time. Royal Opera House. Tube: Covent Garden. Sun Jul 7. £8-£10. Find out more here


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