“Pride in London” returns to the capital once more, with the main festivities over the weekend of Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 June.
Here’s a run-through of some of the key official & unofficial events on Friday 27 June:
The West End
After something of a lull over the past year or so, Friday nights in the West End are enjoying a welcome renaissance.
Manbar (79 Charing Cross Road) is back on its feet having regained its full entertainment licence. Manbar starts its weekend with Spunk, dedicated to commercial house anthems.
Bump has also settled in comfortably on the fifth floor of Rise (1 Leicester Square). Doors open at 10pm and the club runs through until 3am.
The The Shadow Lounge (5 Brewer Street) has very recently reopened after an extensive refurbishment. A house theme runs through all nights on Friday is “Shadow Play”, hosted by Dusty O. Note that a dress code of no sports wear, trainers or ripped jeans applies.
Moving to South London, Push The Button returns for its monthly residency at The Royal Vauxhall Tavern. The theme this month is the much requested “musicals” with tracks picked from anything from Frozen to Hairspray, Grease to Wicked. Advance tickets are available online.
Push The Button also moves north to make a second appearance at the weekend at The Black Cap on Saturday night.
Over in Clapham, the Clapham Picturehouse is holding a special screening of the cult classic Rocky Horror Picture Show just before midnight in association with Wandsworth LGBT forum and Out at Clapham. Audition participation is actively encouraged. As is a pre-film visit to the bar.