The QX Guide to World AIDS Day

There’s loads of fun, important stuff happening this World AIDS Day. Fun and important is the best possible mixture, so we decided to cook up a handy guide, just for you!

Mayor of Lambeth’s World AIDS Day Reception
Friday 30th November

Lambeth has one of the highest populations of HIV positive people in the UK, so it’s great that their Mayor Christopher Wellbelove and his office are acknowledging World AIDS Day with a special reception. It’s a private event, but you can apply for an invite by emailing [email protected].
Lambeth Town Hall, Brixton Hill, SW2 1RW. 7pm.

Momentum by Impulse London
Friday 30th November

Ryan Ashley

In honour of World AIDS Day, Impulse London are touching down at the effortlessly cool Hospital Club in Covent Garden, with an immersive event in support of those living with HIV. There’ll be a range of performances, with documentary screenings, speeches, spoken word, dance and poetry, plus music from singer Ryan Ashley.

Hospital Club, 24 Endell Street, WC2H 9HQ. 7:30pm.


RSA World AIDS Day: HIV Past, Present and Potential
Friday 30th November

Head to the Royal Society of Arts on Friday night for this free event, which aims to focus on bridging communities and histories in the UK. They’ve got a range of speakers from across cultural backgrounds, plus a screening of a student film which documents HIV/AIDS in China.

Romney Room, RSA House, 8 John Adam Street, WC2N 6EZ. 6pm onwards.

G-A-Y World AIDS Day Testing
Saturday 1st December

Special HIV testing drive at one of London’s best-known LGBT venues, G-A-Y Bar! For every person tested, G-A-Y will pay for an LGBT person to get access to HIV testing and support in Russia, Kazakhstan and Uganda. Also raising money for the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

G-A-Y, 30 Old Compton Street, W1D 4UR. Midday – 8pm.

World AIDS Day Service & Concert
Saturday 1st December

West London Synagogue

West London Synagogue is hosting a World AIDS Day service, featuring Havdalah to conclude Shabbat. It’s followed by a concert from the London Gay Men’s Chorus, plus a meat free buffet supper. The theme for the evening is Beacons, highlighting key dates, and the work of activists and experts in the fight against HIV and AIDS.

West London Synagogue, 33 Seymour Place, W1H 5AU. 5:45pm onwards.

The Power Of Love Concert
Saturday 1sst December

The Power of Love is a brand new concert bursting into Notting Hill this World AIDS Day, with all profits going to the Terrence Higgins Trust. They’ve got a range of acts taking to the stage, including Pride’s Got Talent winner LMR, indie darlings Indigo Face and effortlessly cool Cat Couture.

The Tabernacle, 34-35 Powis Square, W11 2AY.  7pm. 

World AIDS Day Vigil
Saturday 1st December

On the 30th anniversary of World AIDS Day, charities AIDS Memory UK and STOPAIDS are hosting a vigil outside the British Council reception. It’s to remember those we’ve lost to HIV and AIDS. Each year there’s a theme, and this year’s theme is women. Women make up more than half of the total people living with HIV, with 7000 new diagnoses among women each week.

10 Spring Gardens, SW1A 2BN. 4pm.

Club Kali’s World AIDS Day Party
Saturday 1st December

Queer Bollywood partystarters Club Kali shimmy into central London this World AIDS Day with a kaleidoscopic extravaganza! It’s in support of AIDS Memory UK, and they’re encouraging everyone to wear their red ribbons. Spectra London will be on hand to offer free HIV testing, plus there’s a Bolly-Fusion dance class from 10pm.

Jerusalem, 33 Rathbone Place, W1T 1JN. 10pm.


Crystal’s Birthday & World AIDS Day Fundraiser
Sunday 2nd December

Halfway to Heaven are celebrating two major events on Sunday! World AIDS Day and that Crystal D’Canter’s birthday! There’s going to be lots of drag madness of course, from Crystal and sidekick Kelly Mild. It’s all to raise money for Positive 21.

Halfway To Heaven, 7 Duncannon Street, WC2N 4JF. 3pm.

HIV Blind Date and World AIDS Day 30th Birthday Party


Act Up London bring a special theatre dating show to Redon in Bethnal Green – blind date, for people who are living and loving with HIV. There’ll also be HIV speed dating, and afterwards a World AIDS Day party plus the launch of The Alexandr Army, and HIV initiative in honour of HIV activist Jacob Alexander, who passed away last month.

Redon, Arch 289, Cambridge Heath Road, E2 9HA. 7pm.

Gala for World AIDS Day
Monday 3rd December

The beautiful Pleasance Theatre in North London have some big names for their World AIDS Day comedy gala, including Sara Pacoe, Nish Kumar, John Kearns and more. They’re raising money for the National AIDS Trust.

Pleasance Theatre, Carpenters Mews, North Road, N7 9UF. 7:30pm.