Pride London parade 2017: Everything you need to know about what's happening and where

 
Caitlin Morrison
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London will host the annual Pride parade this weekend (Source: Getty)

Pride London celebrations started in the capital almost two weeks ago, with the biggest event set to take place this weekend.

The Pride London 2017 parade will be held this Saturday, 8 July. The annual event, which celebrates the LGBT+ community and highlights the issues LGBT+ people face, will draw thousands of attendees to the capital.

If you're thinking of heading along, this is what you need to know:

When does it start?

Things will get moving at 1pm on Saturday, 8 July, finishing up at around 4.30pm.

What's the route?

The parade starts north of Oxford Circus on Regent Street, then follows a 1.4 mile route down Regent Street and through Piccadilly Circus. It then heads down Pall Mall towards Trafalgar Square, and finishes in Whitehall - here's a map:

Who will be there?

This year more than 300 groups will be marching in the parade - including a number of City-backed groups from the likes of Allianz, BlackRock, UBS and Prudential to name just a few. A full list can be found here.

Where can I watch it?

VisitLondon advises that the busiest area for watching the parade is around Oxford Circus, so it's probably worth picking a spot lower down Regent Street. Otherwise, try Trafalgar Square for a viewpoint.

You can also pay for a place in the Pride in London Parade Grandstand, at Waterloo Place. Ticket prices start at £30.

London Supports Gay Pride 2017
Parts of London have been decorated in the Pride colours (Source: Getty)

How do I get there?

You can of course walk, cycle or take a taxi to the parade, but here's the best public transport advice:

If you want to watch the parade from Soho, Tottenham Court Road Tube station is handy, and if you're heading to Trafalgar Square, Embankment is a good bet - Leicester Square and Covent Garden are convenient for both locations. Helpful hint: Bond Street, Oxford Circus, Charing Cross and Piccadilly Circus will be extremely busy, so are best avoided.

If you're travelling by bus, be aware that a number of routes will be affected due to the parade. Buses may be temporarily diverted or stopping early in the Baker Street, Berkeley Square, Embankment, Hyde Park Corner, Marble Arch, Marylebone, Oxford Circus, Piccadilly Circus, Tottenham Court Road, Trafalgar Square and Westminster areas.

For train travellers, Charing Cross is a short stroll from Trafalgar Square, and Waterloo is a 20 minute walk. At the moment, there are no planned engineering works on the train lines - keep your fingers crossed this remains the case.

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