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Plan your Pride

Travel

Soho gets very busy during Pride (Photograph: Lauren Anderson)

This information applies to Pride in London 2016. Information will be updated for 2017 in due course.

Pride in London is the only community event to close large parts of the West End, including Oxford Street. This means you should allow for extra travel time, as getting around can be a bit trickier than usual.

Public transport

We suggest you use an app or journey planner to check for delays or planned closures on the day.

Underground

Avoid Bond Street, Oxford Circus and Piccadilly Circus during the Parade, as they get very busy. We recommend using Tottenham Court Road, Leicester Square or Charing Cross if you're going to Soho or Trafalgar Square. There are no other planned closures in central London on Saturday 25 June although this may change.

Bus

The parade will affect buses 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. Buses will be temporarily diverted or stop short of their normal destination on Saturday 25 June. Affected routes: 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 19, 22, 23, 24, 25, 29, 30, 38, 53, 55, 73, 74, 82, 87, 88, 91, 94, 98, 113, 137, 139, 159, 176, 189,274, 390, 453 and C2.

Rail

There are ongoing major engineering works affecting trains at London Bridge station.

Eurostar

Eurostar trains terminate at St Pancras International station. This is next to King's Cross St Pancras, where you can get the underground, bus or national rail services.

Coach

Most coaches go to Victoria coach station, which is a short walk from Victoria underground station.

Plane

There are express services from Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted and Luton to get you into central London. Heathrow Airport is also on the Piccadilly line of the underground. City Airport has a Docklands Light Railway station connecting it to the underground and national rail.

Cycling

There are several docking stations for Santander Cycles (Boris bikes) around central London, which can be hired and used for short trips. Docking stations will be closed for Saturday 25 June on Broadwick Street, Moor Street, Frith Street, Wardour Street, and in Golden Square and Soho Square. There will also be several road closures in Soho and Westminster.

Walking

The Parade route is about two miles long. You can usually walk between Trafalgar Square and Soho in about ten minutes, but this can take longer during Pride because of the crowds. Please allow extra time for getting around. Your route may also be affected by road closures.

Car

Try to use public transport where possible, as there will be several road closures and parking restrictions in Soho and Westminster. The congestion charge does not apply at weekends.

Taxi

Black cabs and minicabs

Black cabs are the only types of taxis that are legally allowed to stop when you hail them from the side of the road. They have a white licence plate on the boot and a smaller one inside, and an orange 'TAXI' sign on the front. Other taxis are called minicabs. All licensed minicabs have a yellow diamond sticker in their front and back windscreens. Addison Lee are our recommended car service, and you can get £10 off your travel to Pride by downloading their app and using promo code PRIDE10. This offer is for first time app customers only. Visit the Addison Lee website for more information on their services.

Staying safe

We want Pride to be a safe space for everyone. Our stewards are there to help you and ensure we have a safe event. We do not tolerate any form of abuse or harassment at Pride, including but not limited to homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, racism, sexism and ableism. All Parade groups are asked to sign a code of conduct. Please speak to a steward or police officer if you witness any abuse or if you notice anything suspicious. Crime in London is relatively low, but please be aware of your own safety and look after your belongings. You can call the police by dialling 101. In an emergency, always dial 999 for the police, fire or ambulance service.