#BEEPROUD! King Street celebrates Pride

It’s Manchester Pride month! King Street is proud to celebrate and show our solidarity for the LGBTQ+ community again this year – and we’re inviting you to get involved!


Love is King

We’re supporting The Albert Kennedy Trust (akt), the national LGBTQ+ youth homelessness charity founded in Manchester and support young people aged 16-25 in the UK who are experiencing homelessness or living in a hostile environment. 


For a limited time only, we’re selling gorgeous Pride goodies and 100% of the sales will be go directly to akt.

Wear your pride with our #BeeProud pin badges and ‘Love’ tote bags or treat yourself to a new print! All designed by the LGBTQ+ graphic designer, Danny Rowe, as part of the ‘Kind is King’ Pride series commissioned by King Street Manchester.




What else is on for pride?

Whether your looking for a pre-Pride pamper treat or a cocktail, wine and dine al fresco style at King Street and enjoy watching special Pride street performers on Pride parade day!


We’ve teamed up with Gaydio to give one lucky person the chance to win a day out on King Street, including an El Gato voucher, a Diesel voucher and a fabulous King Street Grooming treatment package worth £350!

The prize includes:

From King Street Grooming:
Any hair and beard treatment, up to the value of £42
Any 60 minute massage treatment , up to the value of £58
Any facial treatment up to the value of £99

A £50 Diesel gift card, and  £100 El Gato Negro gift card



About akt

Coming out, or being outed as LGBTQ+, can sadly lead to young people being made homeless – even in 2022. Around 24% of young people experiencing homelessness in the UK are LGBTQ+, which is significantly disproportionate. 

Once homeless, LGBTQ+ young people are more likely to face violence and discrimination than young people who aren’t LGBTQ+. akt support young people into safe homes and employment, education or training, in a welcoming and open environment that celebrates LGBTQ+ identities.

Kind is King with the new King Street Magazine

Welcome to the summer edition of the King Street Magazine. It’s time to enjoy the summer weather as much as possible, with no limits. From eclectic al fresco dining in the sun-soaked street to bold and colourful summer essentials for another eventful Pride season, we’ve got you covered.

This summer hits different than the past few, doesn’t it? It’s a summer of renewed freedom, celebration, seeing friends and ticking off items on our bucket lists.

We’ve got some exciting new arrivals on King Street and they couldn’t have come at a better time. Whether that’s riding e-bikes around the city, enjoying outdoor pizza or showing off a fresh new trim, we’ve got the best excuses to stay out for longer and enjoy the Manchester sunshine.

This year there are even more incredible reasons to join the annual celebration of love and inclusivity. June brought this year’s Pride Month and July marked an important milestone of 50 years of Pride in the UK. Now, Manchester looks forward to its own Pride events in August. It really is a summer to be proud, so join us on King Street as we love out loud.


It’s Pride Season, Manchester!

This year, we have so many great reasons and occasions to show Pride! June, July and August all have significance this year for the LGBTQIA+ community in Manchester, so why not show your support and get involved?

June – Pride Month

June is typically acknowledged as Pride month across the world. But why June? This month was chosen because that was the month when the Stonewall Riots took place – an important protest in 1969 in New York. It is known as the turning point for LGBTQ+ rights in the world when the community finally stood up in protest against the way they were treated. This event transformed the gay liberation movement and even inspired London’s first Pride march three years later in 1972.

Pride month is about acceptance, equality, celebrating the work of LGBTQ+ people, education in LGBTQ+ history and raising awareness of the issues that face the LGBTQ+ community today.

July – 50 Years of Pride in the UK

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July will mark 50 years since the first official Pride march in the UK. On 1st July 1972 (the closest weekend to the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots) approximately 2,000 people took to the streets of London in protest from Hyde Park to Trafalgar Square.

Marking 50 years of Pride in the UK gives us reason to celebrate how far LGBTQ+ rights have come.  It also encourages us to appreciate the history, remember the sacrifices that were made and how in some places there’s still work to be done.

August – Manchester Pride

And last, but certainly not least, August is when Manchester Pride takes place. A place for Mancunians and their friends to fly the flag, proudly express themselves and celebrate their true identity.

king street pride

This year the event starts on Friday 26 August and ends on Monday 29 August. We’ll be doing plenty to celebrate so keep an eye out on King Street in August for something special. See here for the history of Manchester Pride.

It doesn’t end there…

Pride season thankfully comes around every year but the fight for equality and acceptance goes on. There are still people, communities and countries that deny LGBTQ+ people the right to be themselves. At King Street, we continue to stand with the LGBTQ+ community, this Pride season and beyond. Join us and show your proud support!

Not sure how to show your support? Akt has a number of ways you can show your support on their website.  

The Manchester Flower Show Returns to King Street


This year, the Manchester Flower Show coincides with a very special occasion for the country. Not only do we celebrate the start of summer but Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, too. Over the extended Jubilee weekend, King Street will play host to many beautiful, extravagant floral installations and possibly more…

Enjoy some al fresco dining surrounded by flowers, treat yourself to a special edition floral cocktail and more. Whatever you do, make sure you come along to King Street over this special Jubilee weekend, camera at the ready, to see what’s going on.


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We’ll be covering the event on social media so get involved and don’t forget to tag @KingStreetManchester in your posts and stories! There’ll be plenty of Instagrammable moments to be had.


Covid-19 update

The health and safety of our customers and our employees is our priority at all times and we will continue to follow formal guidance provided by our local authorities. All of our retailers will be implementing their own health and safety processes and we encourage you to check their social media platforms for any changes to opening times. We will continue to update our website and social media with up to the minute information.

As of Tuesday 30th November, it will be mandatory to wear a face covering in all our stores.

Autumn/Winter Wardrobe Edit

Rain and Manchester. A lazy cliche, or universal constant and unbreakable law? King Street regulars need no introduction to, nor any reminder of the perils of choosing the wrong outfit. With autumn well underway, and wet weather an inevitability, we’re less concerned about the fashion police than we are about the sartorial coast guard. Alas, do not feel cast adrift in a sea of chunky knits and waterproof layers – it’s King Street to the rescue.
We’ve picked out the best of the versatile, the adaptable, the reliable, and the essential; with every occasion covered and plenty of backup for when you get caught brollyless.




Manchester Halloween Ghoulish Guide

Whether your idea of a happy Halloween is a gentle bump in the night, a gripping macabre fairytale, or a full throated, blood-curdling scream; Manchester has long been shrieks ahead when it comes to throwing do both delightful and diabolical. Throughout the city kids and adults alike will dial the drama up to ten, for an exhilarating evening of tricks, treats, pranks and panic. Here’s our ghoulish guide to the best on offer:
Halloween in the City
Manchester will be overrun by monsters once again this Halloween as the city prepares to welcome a frightful number of fearsome (but friendly) beasts to the city’s streets. Now established as one of the biggest Halloween celebrations in the UK, this year’s Halloween in the City festival, organised by Manchester Business Improvement District, aims to be the most monstrous yet. A monster line-up of new activities and experiences over the Halloween weekend – October 30 and 31 – include a welcome procession of roaming monsters, a monster carnival, top monster bands, monsters DJs, and a monstrous photo trail across the city.
Scare Skate, Manchester
A monster ice rink is also coming to Manchester city centre as part of Halloween in the City. Cathedral Gardens will host Scare Skate – an invasion of ice-skating spooks on its biggest ever outdoor ice rink. The spooktacular rink will be complete with Halloween-themed music and lighting, while a band of ghoulish skating monsters will join skaters on the ice every hour. With fancy dress encouraged, the brand-new event promises to bring ‘frightfully good fun to half term festivities’.
Big Top Halloween Spooktacular, Trafford
Gandeys Circus is bringing a brand-new ‘action-packed legendary’ Halloween Spooktacular Big Top show for all the family. The event will run outside The Great Hall at the Trafford Centre, from October 15 to 31. From the thrill acts to the big production numbers Gandeys are famous for, it promises to have families ‘on the edge of your seat with excitement, rolling in the aisles with laughter, and hiding under your coats from the spooky thrills’. For tickets, from £14, visit the website, or see the Facebook page here for more details.
Spooky Cinema Screenings at King Street Townhouse
Hidden underneath the city’s streets, King Street Towhouse’s screening room is the ultimate destination for a ghoulish night in. This year, they’ll be showing a collection of spooky Halloween screenings between Friday 29th October and Sunday 31st October. From scary cult classics including IT and a Nightmare on Elm Street to family favourites Hocus Pocus and Beetlejuice.

Reasons to love King Street

Manchester has much to love about it, but for those spending the day, King Street has to take the crown.




Sandra Martorell, director of Tast Catala, the Catalan restaurant that opened on King Street in 2018 (yes, that one, the one famously backed by Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola, with Michelin-star chef Paco Perez as executive chef) was thrilled when they were able to locate their planned restaurant on, she says, perhaps her favourite street in Manchester. 

‘I grew up in a small village about 40km from Barcelona,’ she says, ‘and moved to Manchester with my husband when he took a job with Manchester City. I love living in Manchester; we live in the city centre and it’s been so exciting watching it grow so fast and so excitingly. Since we arrived in 2012 the changes have been amazing; it has grown into a truly European city. 

‘As we arrived, a small community of Catalan people grew up here, and we met and talked and realised how much we missed the kind of places we would eat at in Barcelona. My background is in food and hospitality, and we would often talk about opening our own restaurant. After two years of talk, we decided to go for it – but finding the right location was key. It was incredibly difficult, but when we saw this place on King Street I couldn’t have been happier, it had always been one of my favourite streets. The lower end of King Street is one of the few pedestrianised areas in the city – it’s not quite Las Ramblas, but it’s close!’ 

One of the happiest bonuses of their King Street location is the proximity to several other renowned restaurants, including El Gato Negro, with chef Simon Shaw, Rosso (part-owned by Rio Ferdinand), Grand Pacific, housed in the former Reform Club, and Kala, from the team behind famed venues The Sticky Walnut, in Chester, and Hispi Bistro, in Didsbury. New to the street, and highly recommended by Sandra, is Habas, the latest offering from El Gato Negro’s Simon Shaw.

‘It is a Middle Eastern restaurant, and so cool and beautiful,’ she says. ‘The food and place is great.’  Living in the city centre, Sandra always has a clear idea of how to show the best of Manchester to visitors. 

‘I very much like the King Street Townhouse hotel, I feel like I’m in a Sherlock Holmes movie when I’m there, to me it has a very British and authentic style,’ she says. ‘Even if you’re not staying there, it’s a great place for brunch, perfect for getting that cool Manchester vibe. And then just a moment’s walk away are some beautiful shops. 

‘I love Castle Fine Art, on King Street, their windows always draw me in and they have some very exciting collections. The most beautiful building on King Street is also home to the most fabulous shop, Boodles. We have a view of the building from our top floors at the restaurant and it’s just stunning – and of course the jewellery is out of this world. 

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Tast on King Street

‘One of my favourites shops is The White Company; I love the Little White Company collections for my little ones. I always find something in there. And for me, there’s plenty of fashion to choose from – Britain’s own iconic fashion designer Vivienne Westwood has a store here, and there’s Hobbs, Mint Velvet, Belstaff and Loake, too, among others.’ 

This summer has seen the arrival of independent pop-ups, which give the street quite the continental feel, Sandra says. 

‘The pop-ups bring a great vibe to the street. They’re all different and unique and a real variety. They’re quirky and unusual and not at all what you might usually find in the city centre – I love it. Really excitingly, there is the Lazerian Space next door to us at Tast and the Pop-Up Club, which has opened next door to Boodles. It’s filled with interesting and unusual finds, from small independents that couldn’t usually find a place in a location like this. It’s very reminiscent of the kind of shop you might find in SoHo, New York. I love it. 

‘This summer, King Street really is the place to be. With the shops all open again and the restaurants having outside terraces along the street, it’s really vibrant and exciting. I am so happy to be a part of it.’ 

Read the full article on Lancashire Life.


Forever fashion

forever fashion

Slow fashion: how to keep your favourite clothes forever – from laundering to moth-proofing


Check the seams

It sounds obvious, but if you want your clothes to last, you need to invest in well-made garments in good-quality fabrics. Don’t assume that expensive items are high quality – check for yourself.


Do you need to wash it?

The more you wash clothes, the quicker they wear out. There are plenty of ways to refresh clothes without chucking them in the washing machine: we suggest spot-cleaning tricky stains or taking whiffy garments into the bathroom while you shower, to steam them. This will not only help to make your clothes last longer but is also more environmentally friendly.


If you must wash things, do it properly

Items worn close to your skin, particularly underwear and socks, should be washed at an adequate heat. Don’t fling pants in with your dish towels on a 30C wash.

Putting a wash on when you don’t have a full load wastes water, but at the same time, cramming your whole wardrobe in and overfilling the machine isn’t good for your clothes. Not only do the clothes not wash properly, but they will also rub against each other and cause damage and fading.


Support your local tailor and cobbler

How many pieces of clothing have you thrown away after a strap comes loose or a button falls off? When a pair of shoes starts to wear out, have you ever considered whether they can be re-soled? Extend the lifespan of that amazing vintage piece which used to belong to your cool relative and take it to a tailor.


See more news articles here.

Quality over quantity

quality over quantity

Fashion now has one of the loudest voices in advocating sustainable business practices as standard. Many luxury brands are already at the forefront of the movement as their products are purchased for long-term enjoyment rather than being temporary or disposable like it’s ‘fast fashion’ counterpart.


One of the most notable voices in ethical fashion is, of course, Dame Vivienne Westwood. Famous for her designs that play with punk and Britishness, Vivienne Westwood is also a renowned pioneer in sustainable clothing. As a fashion designer, she has famously taken a stand against the concept of ‘fast fashion’. Westwood herself famously once said: “Buy less, choose well, make it last.

Truly understanding and embracing your style is an essential factor in swapping out fast fashion trends for ‘classic’ pieces that feel true to you. Not only will you feel more confident in those pieces, but you will cherish them and wear them for longer.

Consumer mindsets have started to shift from the desire to have lots of cheaper pieces, to wanting better quality timeless pieces that they truly love wearing.

Matches Fashion’s Jess Christie says, “we have seen our customers move away from the easy ‘Insta-ready’ entry-level items to investment purchases, most notably in forever bags”.

In 2019, over 150 fashion brands signed Emmanuel Macron’s fashion pact following the G7 summit, including renowned names such as Chanel, Ralph Lauren and Prada. The pact is a set of shared objectives the fashion industry can work toward to reduce its environmental impact.

Westwood has ceaselessly worked for the protection of the planet and its ecosystems for many years now, seeking to raise awareness, particularly through her digital publication, climaterevolution.co.uk. Westwood has also set an example by slowly transforming her collections to use recycled or ecofriendly fabrics and environmentally sustainable production methods. At London Fashion Week, her AW19/20 runway show challenged climate change and sustainable development, showcasing her ethical collection.


Images from the Vivienne Westwood AW19/20 ready-to-wear collection (original source)

Investing in key pieces isn’t the only way you can go greener. Many luxury retailers and sustainable-conscious consumers are embracing second-hand or ‘pre-loved’ items. According to fashionunited.uk, second-hand fashion is set to overtake the fast fashion market by 2029.

If you’re tired of your wardrobe and are using your time at home to sort through your clothes, consider saving them for a future clothes swap. Many organised clothes swap initiatives exist across Manchester or you can host your own clothes swap party with friends and family. Invitees bring their unwanted clothes and accessories and can take home pre-loved items. Get the bubbly out and have a fashion swap parade!


King Street’s three takeaways for going greener are:

  1.  Invest in quality pieces you’ll cherish for the long-term
  2.  Favour eco-friendly fabrics where possible
  3.  Consider pre-loved items


Recommended reading: Slow Fashion – How to Keep Your Favourite Clothes Forever.