Islington’s Pride – A guided walk through the LGBTQ+ History of Clerkenwell

11am on 17 Feb, 9 March & 23 March

Islington has been highly influential in the growth of the LGBT+ community, its organisation and rights through the 20th and 21st century. Join Islington’s Pride on a walk in Clerkenwell to celebrate some of the many Islington LGBT+ firsts – from Chris Smith, the UK’s first openly gay Member of Parliament in 1984 to the UK’s first legal afterhours club Trade which opened in 1990s. As well as dance, music, clubs and pubs the walk explores many of the poignant, funny and brave stories of life and activism recorded by the Islington’s Pride project.

The walk will start at Barbican Station and will finish at Angel tube station.

This is a free walk but booking is essential.

The walk is led by a guide from Islington Guided Walks, the Mayor of Islington’s official tour guides and has been created in partnership with and funded by Isliington’s Pride.

Islington’s Pride is run by Islington Heritage who have received support from the Heritage Lottery Fund to create an archive focusing on the borough’s LGBT+ heritage. Islington’s Pride will create a dedicated archive, educational resources a digital landscape as well as commission events such as this walk. For more information about Islington’s Pride visit

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