A complete guide to Scandinavian Midsummer Celebrations in London 2015. What, where and when. And a basic guide on how to celebrate the longest day of the year like a Scandinavian.
What to wear? Informal and summery, white if possible. Flower crown, preferably fresh wild flowers.
What to eat? A light picnic, do a barbeque and lots of ice cream.
What to do? Dance, sing, make flower crowns, dance around the bonfire.
Where to celebrate Midsummer in London? We have listed four major events below.
Scandinavian Midsummer Party Sankthans, with the Danish Church Regent’s Park, London
Sankthans means the ‘Eve of St. John’ and the celebration includes lots of singing, a large bonfire and the tradition of burning a ‘witch’. A night filled with magic and myths!
There will also be a cafe selling Danish hotdogs and Pimm’s on the night. Read more at danskekirke.org
Celebrate Midsummer at the Danish Church by Regent’s Park on Saturday 20th of June from 7pm.
Midsummer in Millfield Park organised by ForestKids in Hackney
Bring yourself, food, drinks and picnic blankets and come and celebrate with laughter, music all afternoon. There will be a midsummer pole and midsummer dance with music midsummer flower wreath making for those who want to take part and also other activities for the children. You are very welcome to bring an instrument or game to share or why not sit and relax in mother nature with good company on one hopefully beautiful sunny midsummer day. Saturday 20th from 1pm an onwards. .
© Midsummer in Millfield Park by Forest Kids / Kimberley-Tybee Golding-Tomter
Midsummer Party – Juhannusjuhlat with the Finnish Church Bermondsey, London
Saturday 20th of June from 5pm. The church is located in Bermondsey, in 33 Albion Street, SE16 7HZ London.
The invitation (translated with Google translator, which makes it a bit funny!):
Come and enjoy a traditional Finnish Midsummer cottage in the heart of the big city! There scent of Midsummer birches, Midsummer saunas, a wonderful barbecue food and drinks Finnish. Just a bonfire and mosquitoes missing! Responsible for stellar live music in the church’s own Sea Cucumbers choir and arriving in Finland juhannusorkesterimme And Kajaani Rosso, who call us the best Finnish music Laila Kinnunen Scooter. Celebrations is free of charge. Welcome to celebrate the nightless night and mid-summer feast with us!
In other words: Don’t be a mosquito – go to the Finnish celebration! Sign up on Facebook.
Lisa’s Portobello will be hosting a Swedish Midsummer Party in Notting Hill
Also on the evening of Saturday the 20th of June. Not a family event, but in case you wanted to get a sitter and enjoy a truly authentic Scandi night out. Tickets and more information on our sister blog, goscandinavian.com
© Lisa’s Portobello
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Let’s get ready for midsummer! x