Pride in London may be canceled but the Bi Plus Community Picnic is still going ahead, offering a much-needed opportunity for the bi+ community, our friends and allies to spend some quality time together.
We will be meeting from 1pm onwards, just beyond Serpentine Bar and Kitchen, Hyde Park.
Attendees are encouraged to bring snacks, drinks, blankets to sit on, games, and flags to wave!
This event was originally planned as an alternative space for London’s bisexual community to celebrate Pride, after all bi+ groups pulled out of Pride in London in solidarity with Rhammel Afflick. In March 2021, Rhammel, a black bisexual man, resigned as Director of Communications for Pride in London due to systematic racism within the organisation.
You can read our full statement on our withdrawal from the parade here.
Lois Shearing, director of the Bi Survivors network and BWithTheT, says: “We’re so excited to give London’s bi+ community a chance to celebrate and gather in a community-focused space. This is the kind of Pride event we as bi+ organisers would love to see more of; free from commercialism, focused on the needs of our community, and free for all attendees! It’s been a tough year for all of us, and we hope this event gives our bi+ family a space to relax and reconnect. We’re especially excited to be able to host this event during Bi Visibility Month!”
Libby Baxter-Williams, Director of Biscuit says: “The pandemic has exacerbated loneliness and isolation among bi+ people, so we’re thrilled to be back offline and providing a welcoming and relaxed real-life space for bi+ Londoners and their friends, partners and families. Grassroots organisers and activists have worked tirelessly over the last eighteen months to provide online spaces for bi+ people, but we’ve missed our real-life events, so we’re excited to be back and reconnecting with our big bi+ family.”
Underground: Hyde Park Corner/Knightsbridge stations nearest (Piccadilly line)
Busses: 2, 6, 14, 16, 23, 36, 52
Serpentine’s Postcode: W2 2UH
Google Maps code: GR3R+X3
TfL cycle racks: along South Carriage Drive at Albert Gate (nearest entrance to Serpentine, but north side/N.E. corner/east side also comparable), and elsewhere.
Toilets: a few mins walk from picnic, til 9pm; card/mobile-wallet only (loan cards available if funds/card a problem).
Picnic area = ~7 mins walk from Albert Gate (south side, towards east end); or 9 minutes via Serpentine Road through the park, from park east end near Achilles statue/huge Duke of Wellington memorial; or 15 mins from Lancaster Gate tube station (park’s north side, near the west/east mid-point). [Google maps’ walking estimates]
If you’re interested in partnering with us to share resources at this event, please email [email protected].