The bad news: London’s official Pride march has been cancelled for the second year running. The good news: the rest of the capital’s LGBTQ+ scene is thriving again and ready to welcome you in. From thought-provoking theatre to all-night raves and a day dedicated to families, here’s where to fill the parade-shaped hole in your diary.
A sold-out sensation at Edinburgh Fringe in 2019, Mika Onyx Johnson’s debut production blends music, poetry and movement for something riveting. An autobiographical exploration of love, sexuality and identity, it’s a sharp, playful and compelling portrait of queer life.
Until Oct 1, Bush Theatre, 7 Uxbridge Rd, W12; bushtheatre.co.uk
This 11-hour shindig is a double-whammy when it comes to good causes: it’ll be an ode to LGTBQ+ culture but also raise funds for the House of St Barnabas to tackle homelessness. Expect performances from DJs Boogie Cartel, Twice Shy and Mica Coca, as well as drag queen Ella Gant.
Sept 11, 1 Greek St, W1; hosb.org.uk
Little Gay Brother: Pride Rave
The line-up for this all-night rave is secret but with Little Gay Brother in charge, you can trust them to deliver “the biggest and best queer DJs in the biz”. A chunk of ticket proceeds will aid Stonewall Housing, supporting queer people affected by homelessness.
Sept 11, E1 club, 110 Pennington St, E1; littlegaybrother.com
Pride Boat Party
Guaranteed good-timers Sink The Pink are the captains of this Southern Comfort-soaked boat party, which will take revellers on a two-hour cruise along the Thames. Tickets include a free cocktail and food from a New Orleans-style menu, with DJs, voguing crews and drag queens all setting sail too.
Sept 11, Butler’s Wharf Pier, SE1; southerncomfortmardigras.uk
A delightful array of terracotta, watercolours, urns, ceramics, lampshades and more are waiting to be admired at this exhibition, which focuses on expressions of queerness in the home. Inspired by 19th-century aesthetes Charles Ricketts and Charles Shannon, it’s an intimate, fascinating collection.
Until Sept 12, 134 Columbia Rd, E2; davypittoors.com/coming-in
Keep the good times going with this midweek bonanza of gay comedy, headlined by RuPaul’s Drag Race star Vinegar Strokes. Pearse Egan, Sharlin Jahan, and Mark Bittlestone are among those taking to the stage, with a selection of other acts also set to do their thing.
Sept 14, Seven Dials Club, 42 Earlham St, WC2; comedybloomers.com
The Modern Family Show
Want to start a family but not entirely sure how to go about it? This event designed specifically for the LGBTQ+ community will showcase a wide range of options and expert advice, from adoption and surrogacy to solo parenting and fertility preservation.
Sept 18, 8 Northumberland Av, WC2; themodernfamilyshow.co.uk