Friday 21 June marks the Summer Solstice – the precise planetary moment the Earth’s tilt reaches its zenith, resulting in the longest day of the year for anyone living north of the equator. A very spiritual date for many cultures, it’s the perfect chance to celebrate and ‘wake up’ your spirit for the summer. The Resident picks out seven sacred ways to celebrate the Summer Solstice in London…
1 Aztec Sunrise Celebrations at Queen of Hoxton, Shoreditch
Queen of Hoxton is inviting you to celebrate the sacred Summer Solstice sunrise up on the rooftop. Part of the Shoreditch venue’s summer event series, curated by proud Mexican-Londoner Paula Feregrino-Rodriguez, the event, kicking off at 6am, features traditional Aztek dance group Atlachinolli, who will guide your spirit through healing and welcome the sunrise with rituals from ancient Aztek culture. You’ll will be invited to sing and dance to live hypnotic flutes and drums on a traditional Aztec flower carpet. Goodness knows we could all do with a little purification of spirit… 6am-10am.
1 Curtain Road, Shoreditch EC2A 3JX; queenofhoxton.com
2 Summer Solstice with Norman Jay at Madison, St Paul’s
Madison is hosting a Summer Solstice party on its famous roof terrace with the even more famous Norman Jay MBE on the decks. Celebrate the longest day of the year with the legendary DJ that co-founded the Good Times Sound System and KISS FM. The party starts at 3pm with Izaak Gray on the decks, then Lulah Frances from 6pm and Norman Jay spinning from 9pm-11pm. The party continues till 1am. Book a table on the terrace by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 020 3693 5171.
One New Change, St Paul’s EC4M 9AF; madisonlondon.net
3 Tarot Card Reading & Horoscope Cocktails at Barts, Chelsea
From 21 June
Barts speakeasy has developed a menu of 12 unique cocktails that represent the different horoscopes to mark the Summer Solstice. Launching on 21 June, the special menu, which represents each star sign with a cocktail for your key characteristics and personality traits, will run through to the end of the summer. Cancers, for example, known for being indecisive, can sip on a three-layered cocktail that challenges you to identify the three different flavours. Head there on Friday 21st for an exclusive Tarot Card Reading while sipping on your tailor-made cocktail.
Chelsea Cloisters, Sloane Avenue SW3 3DW; barts-london.com
4 Summer Solstice Self Care at The London EDITION, Fitzrovia
The London EDITION is honoring this year’s Summer Solstice with two public events: She’s Lost Control Presents Summer Solstice Ritual with Chloe Isidora on Friday 21 June (7-9pm) and She’s Lost Control presents: Summer Solstice Crystal Breathwork with Lucy North on Saturday 22 June (12pm-2pm). Chloe Isidora – author of Sacred Self-care – will guide you in a spiritual ceremony using elemental energies, healing waters and crystal bowls for meditation, leaving you feeling fulfilled and relaxed. Breathwork teacher, Reiki practitioner and storyteller Lucy North will lead a midsummer breathwork session harnessing sun and citrine crystal energy to clear emotional blockages, increase energy and instill inner peace. Tickets are £35 from eventbrite.co.uk.
10 Berners Street, Fitzrovia W1T 3NP; editionhotels.com
5 Free Yoga at Eccleston Yards, Belgravia
Eccleston Yards is hosting a range of outdoor yoga sessions in its tranquil, off-the-beaten-path courtyard this summer, kicking off with a free yoga session for International Yoga Day on the Summer Solstice (21 June). Organised by London’s leading health and wellbeing centre, The Light Centre, the class will run from 6pm-6.45pm with taster therapy session before, during and after the class and a 10-minute meditation afterwards (spots are free but do book to confirm your space here. Other yoga events have been organised by luxury athleisure-wear Silou, and scandi beauty salon SMUK, taking place on Saturday 29 June at 9.30am, Thursday 18 July at 7pm and Thursday 22 August at 7pm. These sessions will cost £15 including a Vinyasa-style yoga class, goodiebag and a smoothie. You can also redeem your ticket price off any service or goods at SMUK when you spend over £50 (vouchers to be used on the day).
Off Eccleston Place, Belgravia SW1W 9AZ; mayfairandbelgravia.com
6 Hendrick’s Midsummer Solstice Street Party at Nine Lives, London Bridge
This solstice, Nine Lives is celebrating with a street party in conjunction with Hendrick’s Midsummer Solstice Gin. The neighbourhood bar will celebrate Hendrick’s new playfully light yet wickedly crisp libation this Saturday, as partygoers bask in the midsummer sun. The event, set on the beautiful cobbled outdoor space during the day and inside the Victorian bar as the sun sets, will feature DJs, immersive actors, award-winning makeup artist Caroline Young working on wild face and body painting. Sip on summertime concoctions from the open-air bar such as The Wickerman (a sweet-and-sour combination of Hendrick’s floral Midsummer Solstice Gin, cold-brew jasmine tea, tropical pineapple syrup and lemon), and Vivid Blooms (gin with rhubarb and ginger cordial, aromatic lavender bitters and pomegranate & hibiscus soda). From 2pm. Free entry.
8 Holyrood Street, London Bridge SE1 2EL; ninelivesbar.com
7 Alfresco Summer Solstice Yoga, King’s Cross
Join mindfulness guru Michael James Wong to celebrate International Yoga Day and the longest day of the year with an alfresco yoga class in Gasholder Park. Harness the power of summer sun through an empowering yoga flow, followed by a guided meditation and refreshments. Tickets are £5 via Eventbrite with all proceeds going to MIND, the mental health charity. 6.30pm-8pm.
Gasholder Park, King’s Cross N1C 4AA; kingscross.co.uk