Where To Celebrate London Pride 2017

Catch a special screening of Moonlight or visit the V&A's exhibition on gender and sexuality

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London Pride is nearly upon us, and as 2017 marks 50 years since Parliament voted to legalise homosexuality in the UK it's an especially landmark year.

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As usual the focus of festivities is the Pride parade taking place on Saturday 8 July. Over 300 groups and floats will travel from Portland Place station to Trafalgar Square with live music, performances and general revelry.

But if you're looking for something a little more off-grid, here's five events happening across London that may be less jam-packed.

Explore history

There's plenty of history and culture to absorb throughout the week, our pick of the bunch is a one-hour free tour of the V&A focusing on LGBT-related objects and exploring gender and sexuality throughout history.

6 July, V&A Museum, SW7, vam.ac.uk

See engaging art

Whilst some Pride brand campaigns can feel a little flat, Smirnoff's #chooselove campaign hits a positive note. The exhibition features the work out social activist artists who have created responses to messages of hatred received by the LGBT community on social media.

6-7 July , Katchette, 347 Old Street, EC1, kachette.com

Watch Oscar-winning cinema

This year's Oscar sensation Moonlight will be shown at the Prince Charles Cinema in Soho, the screening is a collaboration with Unicorn Nights and UK Black Pride and celebrates the film being the first LGBTQ ever to pick up the Best Film Academy Award.

July 9, Prince Charles Cinema, WC2, princecharlescinema.com

...and even more Oscar-winning cinema

Elsewhere, Levis are hosting a screening of Milk at the Regent Street Cinema. The inspiring Oscar winning film tells the story of Harvey Milk and his struggles as an activist who fought for gay rights and became California's first openly gay elected official.

July 5, Regent Street Cinema, W1, regentstreetcinema.com

Have a chuckle

The Olivier Award-winning comedy Rotterdam, which explores gender and sexuality, is showing until 15 July at the Arts Theatre. There's also a Pride Q&A taking place on July 5.

July 15, Arts Theatre, WC, atgtickets.com