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Confirmed – no street closures or outside drinking in Soho over Pride London

So So Gay brings you the latest news in the fast-developing saga regarding London Pride.

Yesterday it was announced that the Pride London WorldPride parade was to be significantly scaled down. Today we can confirm that the Met will be strictly enforcing licensing rules in Soho on the day. The following statement has been issued, confirming that no events take place in Soho and all celebrations are expected to take place within licensed premises.

‘This is to notify you that there will be no official World Pride events taking place in Soho on Saturday the 7th of July.’

‘Licensing regulations will be that of any normal day. The event in Golden Square has been cancelled and World Pride will have no official activities in Soho. We do expect the day’s celebrations to continue within licensed premises and for Soho to be very busy.’

‘Westminster City Council’s Premises Licence which coversthe public highway areas in Soho is not being utilised on this day, therefore no Licensable Activities can take place on the public highway.’

‘Premises may only trade in accordance with their existing Premises Licence conditions, as on any normal day.’

‘No furniture or equipment may be placed on the publichighway outside of your premises.’

‘No PA systems are to be placed on the public highway and nomusic should be audible outside of your premises, as with any normal day.’

‘The Licensing Authorities wish to inform you that premisesthat are in breach of their Premises Licence will be subject tostrict enforcement action, which may ultimately result in Review proceedings.’

Featured image: Courtesy of Bear Cub T on Wikimedia Commons.




  1. TomDingleyPhoto

    29 Jun 2012 at 13:49

    @SoSoGay this is deeply depressing! I’m so annoyed & upset by lack of enthusiasm for our #WorldPride I’ve been waiting 2 years to enjoy it!

  2. MaxSanna

    29 Jun 2012 at 13:52

    @SoSoGay @caspararemi wow what a joyous day it’s gonna be, dodging cars in soho while drinking water :(

  3. silly_cleo

    29 Jun 2012 at 13:53

    @ohbex W. T. F?!

    • ohbex

      29 Jun 2012 at 13:55

      @silly_cleo yeah :/

      • silly_cleo

        29 Jun 2012 at 13:56

        @ohbex why so shitty?!

  4. hankypra

    29 Jun 2012 at 13:53

    @SoSoGay @guy_interruptd well isn’t the no drinking a good thing lol?

  5. sandwich_armada

    29 Jun 2012 at 13:54

    @ohbex Good luck to anyone actually trying to enforce this crap, and to anyone attempting to drive down Old Compton Street on the day.

    • ohbex

      29 Jun 2012 at 13:56

      @sandwich_armada lol ikr what are they gonna do? stand outside pubs with decibel monitors? ffs

  6. russyork

    29 Jun 2012 at 13:55

    @DannyBlahBlah what’s the point then!? You can’t have an indoors pride, and how would you ever police an event like that anyway!?

  7. g0_f1sh

    29 Jun 2012 at 13:56

    @DannyBlahBlah Thumbs down. How weak.

  8. Fredstar85

    29 Jun 2012 at 13:59

    @DannyBlahBlah I don’t see how they can do that?

  9. jimbo

    29 Jun 2012 at 13:59

    it’s a shame they can’t close down all those witless gays who use twitter like it’s email.

  10. briannynj

    29 Jun 2012 at 14:02

    @DannyBlahBlah must be a London thing

  11. pauseforthejets

    29 Jun 2012 at 14:02

    @SoSoGay @guy_interruptd fun, fun, fun eh? Remind me again, what exactly is the point?

  12. DarrenMcMahon54

    29 Jun 2012 at 14:02

    @kevkev Hop on the ferry and come to Dublin Pride for the weekend!

    • kevkev

      29 Jun 2012 at 16:31

      @DarrenMcMahon54 when is Dublin pride?

      • DarrenMcMahon54

        29 Jun 2012 at 17:17

        @kevkev tomorrow! Well the parade is tomorrow, been on all week…

  13. Newbie_Kink

    29 Jun 2012 at 14:04

    @DannyBlahBlah I was planning to come for #worldpride not now, it’s been ‘scaled back’ That’s so shit!

  14. Debsalini

    29 Jun 2012 at 14:08

    @MediocreDave sounds like a closet to me

  15. MissSarahOgrady

    29 Jun 2012 at 14:26

    @DannyBlahBlah what??!! That’s the fun of pride!!! Party poopers

  16. MissSarahOgrady

    29 Jun 2012 at 14:28

    @DannyBlahBlah my friend just told me its going to be in golden square instead of soho square this year!

  17. afgodwin

    29 Jun 2012 at 14:51

    @piercepenniless I’m with you on that. The whole situation is getting out of hand.

  18. scotsguy_61

    29 Jun 2012 at 15:26

    @SoSoGay And without that it becomes what?

  19. TheMrWriter

    29 Jun 2012 at 15:27

    @SoSoGay So… you mean it’ll be a Saturday?

  20. Helianthus1

    29 Jun 2012 at 15:30

    @SoSoGay @PrideLondon sounds like a non-event really

  21. dj_slipper

    29 Jun 2012 at 15:40

    @SoSoGay perhaps we should just boycott the entire event?

  22. CharlieVose

    29 Jun 2012 at 15:55

    @SoSoGay Shall we just start knitting already then… What a joke!

    • andrewkeates

      29 Jun 2012 at 16:23

      @CharlieVose didn’t realise you were into ‘knitting’…

      • CharlieVose

        29 Jun 2012 at 16:25

        @andrewkeates One does try to expand one’s cranium with a range of offerings! Am I missing the pun? ‘Knitting’?

        • andrewkeates

          29 Jun 2012 at 16:26

          @CharlieVose don’t tell me you’ve been a homo all this time and I never knew.

        • CharlieVose

          29 Jun 2012 at 16:27

          @andrewkeates No really… What does it mean? #BlondeMoment

  23. caspararemi

    29 Jun 2012 at 16:23

    @HRWright I’ve got my own theories I’m trying to get confirmed for another article soon…

    • HRWright

      29 Jun 2012 at 16:29

      @caspararemi Will await that with interest. Something stinks!

      • dkuk08

        29 Jun 2012 at 17:01

        @HRWright @caspararemi I suspect police/council fear unmanageable crowds after official events shambolically cancelled by @pridelondon

  24. stfumikey

    29 Jun 2012 at 17:02

    @spitzenprodukte brilliant there will be a queer riot oh my god

    • MediocreDave

      29 Jun 2012 at 17:03

      @stfumikey @spitzenprodukte Don’t say it out loud, you might jinx it!

  25. DesignByRich

    29 Jun 2012 at 17:28

    @OutInTheCityMag – what a shame that something so joyful has turned into such an un-coordinated mess. Have ur own proud day with mates!

  26. JenWilliams1994

    29 Jun 2012 at 17:46

    @Rhonzilla It is going to be an utter fiasco! They’re starting the procession as soon as I arrive in London, so I’ll be late to the march…

    • Rhonzilla

      29 Jun 2012 at 18:23

      @JenWilliams1994 what excuse they coming up wae fur it, they must know people travelling n made plans ages ago total shambles!

  27. pinstripeowl

    29 Jun 2012 at 19:22

    @grouchotendency goodness. There are things I dislike about the parade, but it can be a decent night out. Well, could.

  28. angelsdilemma

    30 Jun 2012 at 08:54

    @kevkev Should’ve gone to Madrid with G! @SpiritedSSays

    • kevkev

      30 Jun 2012 at 10:48

      @angelsdilemma @spiritedssays never invited me :(

      • SpiritedSSays

        30 Jun 2012 at 10:51

        @kevkev yuh bombo-frien. When I invite you places you don’t even bother answer. Mi dhun wid dat #FaceFavaJammyDodger @angelsdilemma

        • kevkev

          30 Jun 2012 at 10:53

          @SpiritedSSays @angelsdilemma you know I never understand, @LondonDiva is my interpreter

        • LondonDiva

          30 Jun 2012 at 10:58

          @kevkev @SpiritedSSays @angelsdilemma kiss mi bloodclart raasclart pussyclart teet (roughly translated)

        • LondonDiva

          30 Jun 2012 at 11:05

          @SpiritedSSays @kevkev @angelsdilemma Oh the shame. You are awful in getting back to non cinema invites. Ah true.

        • SpiritedSSays

          30 Jun 2012 at 11:07

          @LondonDiva @kevkev @angelsdilemma not just cinema – he gets invites to boi gayer stuff. Not even ah dwarg or a cyatt answer. #LuvYaButKMT

        • angelsdilemma

          30 Jun 2012 at 12:16

          @SpiritedSSays @kevkev Haaaaa! That was just wrong!! Lef’ di bwoy alone!!! ( Kev get behind me, this could get ugly!!)

        • SpiritedSSays

          30 Jun 2012 at 12:28

          @angelsdilemma @kevkev mek im #Gallang yah! Im fava Friday night ah go Sat’dee markitt!

        • LondonDiva

          30 Jun 2012 at 12:56

          @angelsdilemma @SpiritedSSays @kevkev siding with Gary on this one. Make non cinema plans with Kevin and see what happens. Pure air.

        • kevkev

          30 Jun 2012 at 13:09

          @LondonDiva @angelsdilemma @spiritedssays hey I came to dinner with you guys once, it’s not easy when you’re a non Londoner

        • SpiritedSSays

          30 Jun 2012 at 13:36

          @kevkev @LondonDiva @angelsdilemma * #SpiritedStrength pokee Face* What’s that gotta do with it? U get asked, u reply, u go – simples, bruh

        • kevkev

          30 Jun 2012 at 14:07

          @SpiritedSSays @londondiva @angelsdilemma I’m sorry, I have put the August date in my diary though

        • SpiritedSSays

          30 Jun 2012 at 14:17

          @kevkev @londondiva @angelsdilemma Atta boi xo

  29. dyerAndie

    1 Jul 2012 at 18:44

    @els76uk world pride #worstpride

    • els76uk

      1 Jul 2012 at 18:49

      @dyerAndie someone suggested to me that THT should run it next year. Fancy adding that to yr job description? :)

      • dyerAndie

        1 Jul 2012 at 19:46

        @els76uk ummmm. No comment!!


    5 Jul 2012 at 12:51

    @missjonespoet outrageous! Disappointed!

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