Goodbye dreary weather, hello summer solstice! This Friday, the sun will reach its highest position in the sky, giving us one long day of sunlight, and as it’s landed on a Friday this year, we have to go out and celebrate, duh! Will the solstice bring us some sunny luck? Let’s hope so! Here’s 8 ways to celebrate it regardless…
Which star sign are you? Barts cocktail bar has created a cocktail for each horoscope ahead of the Summer Solstice. Each cocktail has been curated to coincide with key characteristics and personality traits of each sign. So if you’re an indecisive Cancer, you can sip on a three-layered cocktail, with three different flavours to satisfy your curiosity. While the Gemini of the group whose fortune comes to them in fairs can enjoy a cocktail scattered with edible dust on the outside of the glass…
On June 21st, guests can visit Uncle Barts apartment and receive an exclusive tarot card reading so it might be wise to have a bev in hand while you find out your future…
As well as it being the Summer Solstice, it’s also International Yoga Day, so what better way to celebrate both than with a mindfulness yoga session. Mindfulness guru, Michael James Wong will be there to help harness the power of the summer heat through a yoga session, followed by a guided meditation and refreshments. All of the proceeds from the session will be going to MIND, the mental health charity.
If you’ve gone too hard this summer solstice, head down to The Alchemist as they’ve got a solstice inspired brunch menu just for you. Their summer campaign Praise the Rays is all about celebrating the pagan tradition and their boundless balearic brunch does just so. Opt for the full alchemist, a solstice take on the classic full English, or a tofu scramble for the veggie heads, and hair of the dog it up with a supersonic G&T.
Running every Saturday 10am-2pm, offer includes three drinks and any brunch dish
You can stop searching for somewhere to watch the sunset this Summer Solstice because Searcys at The Gherkin has you covered. This Friday, we’ll see the return of their wine dinner series. Hosted with specialist natural wine supplier, Cave De Pyrene, the evening will be filled with all things food, wine and summer related. As always you can count of Searcys’ to deliver a cracking sunset over the Thames – the perfect photo op!
Highlights include tomato gazpacho amuse bouche; fillet of longhorn beef, truffle potato terrine, wild mushrooms, silver skin onion; and a selection of mini desserts, delicious!
Where: 30 St Mary Axe (The Gherkin), Saint Mary Axe, London, United Kingdom
Nearest station: London Fenchurch Street (0.2 miles)
Celebrate the longest day of the year in true pagan style with a road trip to Stonehenge. Viator is offering Londoners a chance to escape the city-life and experience the festive atmosphere in the countryside. You’ll learn the history of the ancient site as you travel down, and about the rituals that take place near the stones.
Whether you’re after a sunrise or sunset tour, it’s the perfect place to head for this pagan celebration. The sunset tour includes time to visit the quaint village of Avebury and enjoy some traditional pub grub in Lacock.
If you’re an early riser, then you’ll love the even happening at Queen of Hoxton. This Summer Solstice you can connect with the ancient aztec culture and join Atlachinolli, one of the only aztec culture groups in Europe. They’ll take you on a journey guiding your spirit through healing, meditation and dancing.
Running from 6am – 10am
When you’re looking for the perfect spot to watch the sunset, your first thought should be Sky Garden. Join them this Summer Solstice for their summer celebration with Moët. Start off the evening with a glass of Rosé Impérial from their Champagne pyramid and stroll around the gardens soaking up the panoramic views of the city.
Where: Sky Garden, 20 Fenchurch Street, London EC3M 8AF, UK
Nearest station: Monument (0.2 miles)
Discover another side of London this Summer Solstice at Glass Room as you sail down the Thames. You’ll be able to take in stunning views of the city as the sun sets as you ditch the dry land and dine while floating along London’s iconic river.
Where: Bateaux London, Embankment Pier, Victoria Embankment WC2M 6NU
Nearest station: Embankment (0.1 miles)
Get you zen on with Eccleston Yards free yoga session this Summer Solstice. As part of Eccleston Yards summer celebrations, London’s leading health and wellbeing centre, The Light Centre, will be guiding you on a spiritual journey as you celebrate the longest day of the year, and International Yoga Day.
Eccleston Yards summer celebrations run from June 1st – August 31st