Say it loud and sip it proud with The Wordrobe’s pick of London’s coolest cocktails, special menus and parties to celebrate Pride in London 2019
1 Join Nine Lives for a mermaid-themed street party
Little Mermaid fans, relive your Ariel days with Nine Lives’ mythical aquatic party for Pride London.
Together with CÎROC Summer Watermelon Vodka, join them on Saturday 6th July for an oceanic drag queen beauty pageant.
Celebrate with refreshing slushies & spritzers made with limited edition vodka, CÎROC Summer Watermelon; killer DJs; bubble machines and inviting paddling pools.
When: From 2pm on Saturday, 6th July 2019
Where: Nine Lives, 8 Holyrood Street, London SE1 2EL
How: Visit ninelives.com to find out more.
2 Win best-dressed at VIVI Restaurant & Bar’s Pride brunch
VIVI Restaurant & Bar is inviting foodies to have the Pride of their lives at its ultimate rainbow brunch party on Saturday, 6th July.
Kicking off from 11.30am with delicious dishes, bottomless drinks and live music from London’s hottest DJs, VIVI is the place to prepare for the parade this year.
First, whet your appetite with bottomless bubbles, Bloody Marys or Aperol Spritzes.
Next, enjoy three courses of colourful brunch dishes such as smashed avocado on grilled sourdough and eggs Royale – alongside live music courtesy of ALR Music, with a killer set that’s bound to impress.
How: Click here to find out more and make a booking
Where: VIVI Restaurant & Bar, Centre Point, 11 St Giles Square, London WC2H 8AP
How: Visit vivirestaurant.co.uk to find out more and make a booking.
3 Sink your teeth into Maître Choux’s rainbow éclair
Enjoy a stripe of pride with Maître Choux Soho’s Rainbow éclair. The world’s first choux pastry specialist patisserie, this rainbow Blackberry Cheesecake éclair is a cake with confidence!
Filled with a creamy cheesecake base and blackberry purée, it’s topped with a chocolate layer adorning the Pride Flag. Time to party (and pastry) hard.
Where: The Blackberry Cheesecake Rainbow éclair is exclusively available at the Soho location.Maître Choux, 60 Dean Street, London W1D 6AW
How: Visit maitrechoux.com to find out more.
4 Partake in Pride in London pancakes at Avenue
Avenue is flipping up a storm for Pride London 2019 with a multicoloured addition to its weekend brunch menu.
The brasserie is serving up Pride Pancakes – completed with a fried egg, crispy bacon and drizzled with maple syrup.
No ordinary stack, expect pink, green and blue butter delights. Perfect pre-party fuel!
When: Saturday 6th July
Where: Avenue, 7-9 St James’s Street, London SW1A 1EE
How: Visit avenue-restaurant.co.uk to find out more.
5 Party with The Blues Posts
The Blue Posts, the modern public house on Chinatown’s Rupert Street, will be celebrating with an entire day of entertainment for Pride in London.
Completely redecorated using Pride’s signature rainbow flag, head here for a day of non-stop fun – and delectable cocktails.
DJs Aaron and Wayne, the duo behind famed 90s and 00s club night Rhythm of the Night, will be onsite playing a mixture of the best house, dance and remixes from 2pm-12am.
Drag queens are also on hand to host and mingle with with guests, transforming the space into the ultimate Pride Block Party.
Upstairs, the intimate cocktail lounge The Mulwray will be transformed into a rouge backlit boudoir with three specially created cocktails on offer each inspired by some of history’s greatest drag moments.
When:The Blue Posts Pride Block Party will be running from 2pm-12am on Saturday 6th July, with wristbands handed out on the door.
The Mulwray will be open from 6pm-12am, with wristbands also handed out on the door.
Where: 28 Rupert St, London W1D 6DJ
How: Visit theblueposts.co.uk to make a booking.
6 Sip a Pride cocktail concoction at The Perception
Embrace your wild side with a crazily camp concoction, YAAAS KWEEN (£12) at The Perception at W London.
Delightfully-indulgent, it’s a mouth-watering golden serve of citron-infused Belvedere vodka & Earl Grey Tea with fresh hints of apricot.
With a glittery, bubbly top, elevated above a bed of rainbow-candy with a side of edible alcoholic bubbles, cocktails have never been so quirky.
When: Available for the month of July. A donation of all sales of the cocktail will be made to Pride in London.
Where: W London – Leicester Square, 10 Wardour St, London W1D 6QF
How: Visit theperceptionbar.com to find out more and make a booking.
7 Shake what your mama gave ya’ at Shake Shack
Can’t resist a shake? Shake Shack are selling a limited-edition Pride Shake at Shacks with £1 from each shake donated to Mosaic LGBT Youth Centre.
Get your sugar fix with a cake batter shake dreamt up in honour of Pride month, topped with rainbow glitter sprinkles.
Where: Select locations across the UK.
How: Visit shakeshack.co.uk to find out more.
8 Immerse yourself in W London’s show-stopping celebrations
W London will be joining the Pride parade aboard a show-stopping golden float.
Featuring iridescent metallics with flashes of neon yellow and blue, the technicolor float’s centre-piece will be a towering sculpture of megaphones – because if you’re not saying it loud, why say it at all?
A troop of over 50 people will be in tow kitted-out in glamorous outfits by Irish fashion designer, Derek Purcell; who’s dressed the likes of global superstars Beyoncé, The Spice Girls and Kate Moss.
Then from 5PM, W London will throw the ultimate Pride celebration A DEEPER LOVE hosted by iconic party disruptors, Glitterbox, at The Perception.
For one night only, the Glitterbox DJ’s and performers will descent on W London to dance and shine for the LGBTQ+ community. Expect the hottest beats and most glitter fuelled crowd in London.
Where: Leicester Square, 10 Wardour St, London W1D 6QF
How: To find out more, click here.
9 Experience a weekend of drag dining at The LaLiT London
Luxury boutique hotel The LaLiT London is celebrating with an entire party weekend filled with drag dining and a boozy brunch.
On Friday 5th July take your seat in pan-Indian dining destination Baluchi and enjoy an evening of unparalleled entertainment alongside either a decadent four-course dinner or a selection of canapés, created by Executive Chef Santosh Shah.
To top it off, there will also be 90 minutes of free-flowing Prosecco, wine or beer.
Star studded acts include trans icon Amanda Lepore, and the wildly distorted and ever avant-garde Hungry, plus many more.
Post-show, party your night away to the tunes of sensational queer queen, DJ Tete Bang.
Return to The LaLiT London on Sunday 7th July for the ultimate hangover cure – a hearty brunch and hair of the dog.
The tempting menu will include the likes of samosa chaat with sweet yogurt and tamarind chutney, and slow-braised pork belly with honey and chilli glaze.
Priced at £40 per person, choose up to eight dishes from the special menu, alongside two hours of bottomless prosecco.
10 Indulge with Temper Covent Garden’s Pride-inspired cocktail menu
Sip the night away! Temper have curated an eye-catching Pride-inspired cocktail menu, with six cocktails, each coloured the six colours of the Pride rainbow all £6.
What’s more, £1 from each cocktail sold will be donated to LGBTQ charity Stonewall, who campaign for the equality of LGBTQ people across Britain.
When: These cocktails will be available from 1st-7th July at Temper Soho, City and Covent Garden.
How: Visit temperrestaurant.com to find out more.
Where: 5 Mercer Walk, Mercers Yard, Covent Garden, London WC2H 9FA
11 Dig into designer brunch at The London EDITION
House of Holland and The London EDITION are hosting the ultimate Pride Brunch in support of the Albert Kennedy Trust.
With two sittings at 11.30am and 1.30pm Berners Tavern has created a mouthwatering three-course menu, priced at £35pp (dry) or £45pp (wet) with free-flowing cocktails.
On Saturday 6th July 2019 join Henry Holland, The London EDITION and friends to celebrate Pride with an inaugural Pride fundraiser brunch supporting The Albert Kennedy Trust at critically acclaimed Berners Tavern.
Open to all, expect musical delights from Nick Grimshaw and Aimee Phillips as well a special guest appearance from Ru Paul’s Drag Race winner, Violet Chachki.
Dishes will include an Isle of Wight tomato salad with tarragon emulsion, buttermilk pancakes with raspberry and strawberry salad and a rainbow poached peach arctic roll with yoghurt mousse.
Guests can also partake in a charity raffle with prizes from the likes of Gucci, Mark Ronson, Rita Ora and Christopher Kane.
£10 from each ticket will go directly to The Albert Kennedy Trust which supports lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people who are homeless, living in a hostile environment or in housing crisis.
When: Saturday 6th July. 11.30am – 3.30pm (2 sittings at 11.30am & 1.30pm)
Where: Berners Tavern, 10 Berners Street, London W1T 3NP
How: Please phone +44 (0) 20 7908 7979 or email email@example.com to make a booking.
12 Order Whyte & Brown’s layered rainbow cocktail
Whyte & Brown in Carnaby has created a vibrant special-edition layered cocktail to celebrate – and it’s a must-try for vodka vogues.
‘Pride 50’ is an intricate vodka-based concoction of sweet grenadine, apricot brandy, peach schnapps, pineapple juice, citrusy blue curacao and lemon juice.
The colour continues with an an orange slice and glossy cherry garnish.
Where: Whyte & Brown, Kingly Court, Carnaby Street, London W1B 5PW
How: Visit whyteandbrown.com to find out more.
13 Order a decadent duo at aqua nueva
Dessert lovers, spoons this way. aqua nueva has launched a delicious dessert and limited-edition Pride cocktail, created especially to celebrate the event.
Available until 7th July, the *super grammable* dish will consist of a Pride & Joy cocktail, made with ABA Pisco, Yuzu sake & Abbots bitter, and a creamy White chocolate Bavarois dessert served with strawberry sorbet and candyfloss.
Priced at £13.50 for the cocktail and £8 for the dessert, the eye-catching offering can be enjoyed whilst soaking up the sun on the Oxford Street restaurant’s summer terrace or – knowing how changeable our British summers are- within the restaurant.
When: Available until 7th July.
How: Visit aquanueva.co.uk for more.
PLUS: Style your Pride look with Anya Hindmarch’s Rainbow Neeson Basket Tote, £850. We love!
Words by Sophie Ritchie. Find her on Instagram @soph_ritchie