Apartment - luxury
Maddox Street, Regent Street, W1S 2QDShow on map
5 Maddox Street is a stylish Hotel that is located in Mayfair, Central London and is filled with modern décor that immediately makes your fell warm and at home. It is critically acclaimed by Vogue, Time... Read More »
5 star deluxe modern hotel
19-21 Gt. Marlborough St, Soho, W1F 7HLShow on map
The Courthouse Hotel is a 5 star luxurious and lavish hotel that is based in the heart of central London and is within a two minute walking distance of the London West End and the popular Oxford Street that is... Read More »
4 star modern hotel
14-15 Langham Place, Marylebone, W1B 2QSShow on map
Saint Georges Hotel is a luxurious, modern hotel in a superb location at the heart of London's West End district. Just minutes from world-renowned Oxford Street, placed on exclusive Regent Street in a modern... Read More »
5 star classic deluxe hotel
Portland Place, Oxford Circus, W1B 1JAShow on map
Recognised as 'One of the Leading Hotels in the World', The Langham Hotel is a very exclusive, legendary five-star institution in London. The hotel opened in 1865 as Europe's first 'Grand Hotel', and it has... Read More »
3 star classic hotel
3 Blenheim Street, Mayfair, W1S 1LAShow on map
The Mermaid Suite Hotel is a 32 room, 3 star hotel which is based in Mayfair, Central London. The closest tube station to the Mermaid Suite Hotel is Bond Street which is less than a 10 minute walk away. This... Read More »
5 star classic deluxe hotel
Bond Street, Mayfair, Mayfair, W1S 2YFShow on map
Opened in 1955 by polo playing dynasty the Phipps family, The Westbury Hotel retains its mid-century glamour, whilst providing all the modern comforts guests require. The hotel’s has a prime location on... Read More »
5 star city chic deluxe hotel
5 star city chic deluxe hotel
50 Berners Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 3NGShow on map
The Sanderson hotel on Berners Street in the West End is a unique, hip and trendy, five-star, luxury hotel offering outstanding accommodation and service to business and leisure visitors to the city. Oxford... Read More »
4 star classic hotel
31-35 Langham Street, Oxford Circus, W1W 6BUShow on map
Amidst the excitement of London's famous shopping areas of Oxford Street and Bond Street and minutes away from Regents Park and the City's financial district lies a haven of tranquility - The Langham Court... Read More »
4 star contemporary hotel
350 Oxford Street, Marylebone, W1C 1BYShow on map
"Ideal location for shopping in Mayfair and Oxford Street" The Berkshire hotel, tucked away on Oxford Street and opposite Bond Street, is a freshly designed boutique hotel. The hotel is perfectly located for... Read More »
Search for cheap hotels near London Gay Pride Parade
Londoners may appear to be conservative, but the city is a very liberal place throughout, and a great place to visit if you're gay or lesbian. The Soho district of London is renowned for its bohemian vibe and high concentration of gay pubs and bars and throughout the city you will see events catering to all sexualities. As a city of openness and diversity, London holds a Pride Parade each year to celebrate acceptance, fly a rainbow flag and embrace all shades on the spectrum of sexuality.
London's Gay Pride Parade is organised by the charity Pride, who campaign for the equal rights of lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender citizens. The event began on the 1st July 1972, on the closest day to the anniversary of the Stonewall riots. This was at a time when being homosexual wasn't as accepted in the UK as it is today, in fact it used to be illegal to be gay in the UK up until 1967 when it was decriminalized, which goes to show how much attitudes have changed in the past 60 years. The first march was held on Highbury Fields and had over 2,000 participants. Early marches were held as protests, whereas the march today has over 100,000 participants from all over the world and is more of a carnival-style event, although there is still a focus of the political issues surrounding sexuality. Gay rights organisations such as The OutZone, Mosaic LGBT Youth, the Queer Youth Network, The Pink Paper and Youth@Pride are affiliated with the parade, to offer help to any confused youths, or anyone facing discrimination.
The parade is a colourful, joyous affair, which is great to watch and take part in, even if you're straight. Events such as 'Drag Idol' are held throughout the day and stalls selling food, accessories and handing out informative pamphlets are scattered along the parade route. Some of the costumes on the parade are very elaborate, from barely there leather ensembles to bold drag dresses to stylish designer wear, getting dressed up in your most fabulous outfit is all part of the fun, so it's advised to dress to impress. The Parade passes through the central London, down Oxford Street and Regent Street, and although this might seem a fair allowance for such a huge event, it represents a huge leap forward in acceptance, as the parade had to illegally pass through Oxford Street during the 1980s.
If you want to show your support, join the parade or simply observe the festivities, if you stay near Oxford Circus you will get a good view of events and you will be close to some of London's best shops, restaurants and sights. Saint Georges Hotel offers stylish modern rooms and panoramic views from the rooftop bar. The Hallam is a charming 3-star hotel, which offers very affordable rates for accommodation so close to central London. The Westbury Hotel offers 5-star luxury and very comfortable rooms and The Rathbone Hotel offers exquisite antique furnishings and a touch of opulence throughout.