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London Pride: where to stay for the 2016 festival.

by Laura on June 8, 2016

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The Pride London Festival was first held ten years ago, and it’s back again for 2016. If you’re planning on joining in with the festivities, you’ll need somewhere to stay if you haven’t already booked.

The festival starts on June 10th, but you’ve got more than two weeks until the main weekend, from the 25th to 26th. While everything is centred around Trafalgar Square, you don’t have to be so central to get close to the action, with events around Soho but further out too.

Check out some of our recommended LGBT+ friendly places to stay…

Ace Hotel

The Ace Hotel in Shoreditch isn’t that close to the proceedings, but they will be hosting an event to celebrate.

Check rates at Ace Hotel London Shoreditch

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Take Me Home Projects is collaborating with some awesome performers and cultural icons for a cabaret-inspired evening. The drag and disco event will be raising money for charity, with proceeds going to Anthony Nolan, who help people with blood cancer or blood disorders.

Performers include The LipSyncers, Bella & The Lordwarfs, and comedian Joe Sutherland. The event is on the 22nd of June. Ace Hotel has some supremely stylish and comfortable rooms, or suites if you want to splash out. There are also some great communal spaces, from the lobby to their juice bar.

Green Rooms

Green Rooms isn’t exactly close to Trafalgar Square either, having just opened in Wood Green in North London. However, you can be sure you’ll find a welcoming environment there.

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The hotel for artists is excellent value compared to many other hotels in London. You don’t have to be an artist to stay there, although it does help, as you’ll get a discount. Their opening saw Jonny Woo perform, and you can catch him during the festival with Le Gateau Chocolat for their ‘A Night at the Musicals’ event. It takes place at The Pheasantry in Chelsea.

When you’re not enjoying the festival, you can hang out with artists and other cool people at the bar, in the lounge, or at the restaurant.

The Exhibitionist Hotel

The Pride in London website recommends The Exhibitionist for a luxury option.

Check rates at The Exhibitionist

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Despite the name, you don’t have to be an exhibitionist to stay there! They do have some excellent art exhibitions though. Their latest show, ‘Hung, Drawn and Quartered’, features artists from the UK and USA. The hotel’s rooms are also works of art in themselves, each one with an individual design.

You can also choose a suite or penthouse for ultimate luxury. Some of the perks you receive include free WiFi, underfloor heating in the bathroom, a smart TV, and an in-room iPad. Still a couple of miles from the main festival activities, the hotel is close, but not too close.

No matter how much of the festival you’ll be enjoying, just remember to have lots of fun!

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Photo credits: Ludovic Bertron, Ace Hotel London, Green Rooms, The Exhibitionist.

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