The Ivy Soho Brasserie Celebrates Pride in London 2018
In celebration of this year’s Pride in London, the team at The Ivy Soho Brasserie have created a selection of special additions for guests to enjoy, including the below:
- An exclusive pride-inspired dessert, the colourful ‘Strawberry Pride Melting Dome’ , available on the menu from Monday, 2 July to Sunday, 8 July
- A refreshing gin-based cocktail, featuring grapefruit juice, Crème de Rose and Hibiscus syrup, all served in a glittering golden coupe.
- On Saturday 7 July, on the day of the parade itself, the venue will further celebrate with afabulous brunch, hosted by some of London’s most loved drag queens This year, Tiffaney Wells will return as a charismatic Maître D’, alongside Kitty, Topsy and Chamonix, all of whom will greet, host and entertain guests, whilst performing a selection of fun-loving hits to excite, engage and get the party started. From 11am to 4pm, guests will enjoy entertainment alongside the brasserie’s weekend brunch menu; featuring sumptuous dishes such as eggs benedict (with pulled honey roast ham on toasted English muffins, two poached hen’s eggs, hollandaise sauce, watercress and thick cut chips) and a truffle chicken sandwich (warm truffled chicken with mayonnaise, fried hen’s egg, chips and green salad).
- Finally, the brasserie’s al fresco terrace will don an eye-catching installation featuring an abundance of colourful blooms as well as balloons and butterflies.
Address: 26-28 Broadwick St, Soho, London W1F 8JB
BRUNCH WITH PRIDE
Mexican inspired restaurant Corazón in Soho will be celebrating Pride in London on 7th July with a special edition of their buzzy weekend brunches – ‘BRUNCH WITH PRIDE.’
Expect hot pink Pride Tacos with Grilled King Prawns, Punchy Pico de Gallo, Epazote Mayo, and finished with Crunchy Pumpkin Seeds & radishes (£11.50 for 2). Plus there will be special Pride cocktails, camp tunes, free-flowing fruity margaritas, tequila, love and full bellies – all seconds from the parade.
“The meaning of Corazon is ‘heart’ in Spanish. We built Corazón around the casual, contented happiness that great Mexican food and drink evokes – an all-inclusive joyfulness, a festivity, a spirit much like that of Gay Pride. Being in the heart of Soho, we had so much fun last year during Pride, that this year we’ve embraced it full-on!
Address: 29 Poland St, Soho, London W1F 8QR
W LONDON STEPS IT UP FOR PRIDE IN LONDON 2018 WITH A SERIES OF LOUD AND PROUD CELEBRATIONS
W London – Leicester Square will support PRIDE in London 2018 with a flurry of unforgettable happenings across the official PRIDE weekend taking place 6-8th July. A panel of disruptive pioneers in the LGBTQ+ community will kick-off the celebrations with Queer Me Out, a powerful speaker series initiated by W Hotels worldwide, discussing the current state of London’s queer nightlife. This will be followed by a showstopping presence in the PRIDE parade itself culminating in an epic PRIDE party with Glitterbox, known for their flamboyant and hedonistic 21st Century disco flair. Keeping the party going, an eccentric twist on the hotel’s RETOX brunch will re-energise and nurse party-goers back to life with an abundance of indulgences, accompanied by Soho’s most colourful performers.
QUEER ME OUT – QUEER NIGHTLIFE IN FLUX: THRIVING OR THREATENED? FRIDAY 6TH JULY, 6.30PM
Located in the historic epicentre of London’s LGBTQ+ community, W London will play host to its inaugural Queer Me Out speaker event: an innovative W Hotels inititiave designed to connect and inspire the LGBTQ+ community in every W destination worldwide.
The panel will welcome some of the most renowned Kings and Queens of queer nightlife, moderated by Glyn Fussell, the mastermind behind the outrageous and supercharged legendary club night Sink the Pink as well as the sell-out Mighty Hoopla festival, which launched to raving success in 2017. Joining Glyn will be Princess Julia, DJ and Culture Correspondent at i-D Magazine and deemed the original darling of London’s underground. Along with Oly Innes, Los Angeles based US Commissioning Editor of Gay Times and creator of the infamous queer party brand Daddy Issues, now monthly in London and LA, and Paris Lees, transgender feminist, human rights campaigner, fierce model and award-winning journalist.
Together they will share their experience on carving out London’s LGBTQ+ nightlife, its surging and volatile landscape and its arguably uncertain future.
Free to attend, Queer Me Out will include a 50-minute panel discussion followed by Q&As and a cocktail reception in the hotel’s bar and lounge, The Perception at W London. Tickets are limited and can be reserved by visiting: www.wlondon.co.uk/london-pride
PRIDE IN LONDON PARADE AND ‘WHEN LOVE TAKES OVER’ PARTY WITH GLITTERBOX: SATURDAY 7TH JULY, 4PM – LATE
W London will be joining the PRIDE parade aboard its very own disco-dazzling float. Inspired by the hotel’s iconic glitter balls, the double-decker spectacle will shimmy through the bustling streets of Soho with a troop of over 70 people in tow. Not to be missed, guests on the float will be kitted-out in bespoke other- worldly outfits by British fashion designer Jack Irving; the creative genius behind many of Lady Gaga’s infamous looks.
Glitterbox, the world’s most flamboyant and hedonistic party starters will also be on board to steal the scene with their iconic drag performers and top-class DJs. Expect chart-toppers such as the Shapeshifters who will ready to pave the way to the ultimate glitter-littered ‘When Love Takes Over’ PRIDE party back at The Perception at W London from 4pm.
Here, a further line-up of some of Glitterbox’s hottest entertainers and DJ’s including Melvo Baptiste, Sophie Lloyd and Hifi Sean will host the most fabulous PRIDE party in town.
For more information and guestlist, visit: www.wlondon.co.uk/london-pride
PRIDE INSPIRED RETOX BRUNCH: SUNDAY 8TH JULY, 1 – 4PM
For those waking up to sore feet after Saturday’s shenanigans, all will be restored back to life with a PRIDE inspired RETOX Brunch served in The Perception at W London.
Guests can fuel even more fun and retox with an abundance of indulgent and healthy brunch dishes, fresh smoothies and juices and the sweetest of dessert stations, all washed down with bottomless bubbles. Entertainment will come courtesy of Soho’s most glamourous drag performers as DJ Anna Greenwood hits the decks, providing the afternoon’s party soundtrack.
£45 per person, reservations are recommended: www.wlondon.co.uk/london-pride
PRIDE COCKTAIL: MISS VANJIE, AVAILABLE UNTIL 8TH JULY
In celebration of PRIDE month in London, the expert mixologists from The Perception at W London have created a cocktail in honour of American Drag Queen Vanessa Vanjie Mateo aptly named MISS VANJIE.
A mouth-watering blend of Belvedere Vodka, Lychee Liqueur and lime, MISS VANJIE is more than she appears upon ordering. Served with a secret shot on the side, cocktail aficionados ordering this celebratory tipple will be invited to pour it in to the martini glass and watch it magically change colour!
MISS VANJIE will be available until 8th July and a donation from all sales of the cocktail will be made to PRIDE in London.
W London – Leicester Square, 10 Wardour Street, London W1D 6QF
BARRY’S BOOTCAMP CELEBRATES PRIDE WITH LIMITED EDITION RETAIL COLLECTION AND CLASS TAKEOVER
Barry’s Bootcamp, the international fitness phenomenon which pioneered the boutique fitness sector in the UK since launching in 2013, is celebrating Pride with the launch of a limited-edition retail collection and class takeover raising funds for The Albert Kennedy Trust.
On Friday 06 July, to kick start Pride weekend celebrations, Barry’s will be spreading the love with special Pride themed classes across each of its four London studios. Guests booked into the 19.50 class at Barry’s Central, East, West or SW1, will experience a Barry’s class like no other with a special tag team class taught by two Barry’s trainers. The iconic ‘red room’ will be transformed into the ‘rainbow room’ with colourful disco lights and decorations. 100% of proceeds from each class will go to The Albert Kennedy Trust.
Additionally, Barry’s is launching an exclusive Pride retail collection of vests, t-shirts and sweatshirts to show their commitment to the LGBTQ community, with £2 from each sale donated to The Albert Kennedy Trust, providing support for homeless LGBTQ youth.
The Pride initiative forms part of Barry’s Cares, an ongoing commitment by Barry’s Bootcamp across the globe to raise funds for selected charity partners.
Class prices start at £20 for a single class and prices vary depending on the class package purchased. Barry’s class packages can be used at all four London studios. Spaces for this one-off Pride class will be available to purchase online at www.barrysbootcamp.com/london/buy-classes from Friday 29th June at midday.
Barry’s will continue the celebrations with a Pride party for its community following the class at Barry’s East from 9pm on Friday 06 July. Spaces allocated on a first come, first served basis.
Girls tanks – £41
Boys tanks – £38
Sweatshirts – £50
From 6th – 8th July, London’s Soho will be awash with all things bright and beautiful in the world-famous celebration of Pride. Every year, local business join the revelry to show their ongoing support of the LGBTQ+ community and this time round is no exception…
Soho salon Blade Hairclubbing® is nodding to Pride both through the styling team and through a special offering from the resident mixology wizard Stroo Despot-Olofsson.
Revellers will be able to enjoy the limited edition Rainbow Maker – a rainbow-coloured flight of top-shelf liqueurs with a craft lager chaser. A heady line-up of Empress 1908 Indigo Gin, Green Chartreuse, St Germain Elderflower Liqueur, Walcher Biostilla Deluxe Organic Amaretto and De Kuyper XO Cherry Brandy is rounded off with a refreshing chaser of Harviestoun Schiehallion Craft Lager and will be available from now until 8th July.
Those looking to up the ante style-wise can then go for a Pride Glitz; Blade’s top stylists will make sure that guests are Pride-ready by applying glitter to your roots, hairline or parting, ensuring that everyone leaves ready to join the party, sprinkled with sparkle and full of rainbow spirit – quite literally!
This Pride, Soho favourite HIPCHIPS – which is based right on the Pride March route on 49 Old Compton Street – will be offering visitors to the parlour a chance to Pimp for Pride. All partyers will have the chance to pimp up the usual dip options, adding a touch more glitz and glamour in honour of Pride London. HIPCHIPS will also be serving some pink bubbly to help visitors to the parlour get in the mood for revelry in the most fabulous way possible. All offerings available throughout the first week of July.
Meanwhile, further afield, Pride celebrations can be found at The Athenian, who are showing their support with some fabulous pink pitas for a limited time only.
Since 2014, The Athenian has been changing perceptions of Greek cuisine in the UK, creating delicious and authentic Greek street food. Souvlaki is arguably Greece’s most enjoyed street food and to celebrate Pride, The Athenian will be serving up their incredibly delicious souvlaki in colourful pink pitas. Lovingly handmade pita from Athens can be filled with grilled meat, cheese or veggies to be enjoyed on the go. These joyful and celebratory pitas will be available in all the venues: London White City,
London Shoreditch, London Victoria, London Elephant and Castle, London Southbank and Bristol.
RAINBOW PASTA FOR PRIDE MONTH
This weekend will see London bedecked in rainbows to celebrate Pride, but the party doesn’t have to stay on the streets. Danilo Cortellini, Head Chef at the Italian Embassy has the perfect recipe to make sure your dinner table is bedecked in rainbows too!
Danilo is the creator of Rainbow Pasta, a dish that couldn’t be more perfect to impress your guests this Pride as multicoloured flags fly not just through London this weekend but throughout the UK all summer-long.
Danilo’s recipe from his cookbook ‘4 Grosvenor Square – The Menu of the Italian Embassy London’ includes four different flavoured pastas, rolled out to create the most magnificently vibrant, striped pasta to be made into beautiful Tortellini stuffed with Burrata.
This dish works so beautifully with a fresh tomato sauce with ricotta and shavings of pecorino.
This dish might be a show-stopper but it’ll be a sure win to get the Pride party started.
Instagram – @danilocortellini
Twitter – @Danilo_chefUK
TAKE PRIDE IN YOUR BUNS
WAGAMAMA TO DONATE TO LGBT+ CHARITIES: ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS SIT ON A BENCH
WAGAMAMA is celebrating Pride UK by installing rainbow benches that will raise funds for charities as part of its year-long #makeitrainbow campaign in support of LGBT+ charities.
Every time someone sits on the vibrant bench, profits from any steamed buns purchased will be donated. The brand sells approximately 1,000,000 Japanese steamed buns per year across the UK, and this initiative aims to raise £12,500 for the chosen charities.
Londoners are encouraged to go to wagamama’s noodle lab restaurant in the heart of Soho to sit their bums down and enjoy one of the UK’s biggest pride. Wagamama has internally championed inclusiveness, acceptance and difference since its launch in 1992. Its ‘no clone’ hiring policy encourages colleagues to embrace who they are and not conform to a stereotype employee.
After a successful first year, with over £7,500 raised across three cities for three charities, Wagamama wants the #makeitrainbow campaign to be bigger and better with five cities taking part in this year’s movement.
Personal placemats with the teams’ loud and proud statements will top the whole campaign to share more positive and inspiring stories across the UK.
This year the #makeitrainbow campaign will support the following local charities:
- Birmingham – SIFA fireside
- Brighton – Rainbow Fund
- Edinburgh – LGBT youth
- London – London Friend
- Manchester – George’s House
London Pride provides a platform for every part of London’s LGBT+ community to raise awareness of LGBT+ issues and campaign for the freedoms that will allow them to live their lives on a genuinely equal footing. This year more than a million people will march through Central London to support London Pride.
Andre Johnstone, Wagamama said: “After the success of last year’s #makeitrainbow campaign, we wanted to reach further and wider. Including an additional three cities as part of our campaign is the best way to shout louder about our support for the LGBT+ community. We’ve always supported our staff when it comes to Pride and this year is no different.”