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Rise and shine: how to celebrate the longest day of the year

Posted at 10:00 am, June 19, 2015 in Arts & Entertainment, Fun London
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It’s the summer solstice on Sunday June 21, which means there’s more time than usual to enjoy all that London has to offer. Sara O’Reilly suggests ways to celebrate the longest day of the year.

Bend it like a yoga bunny

Even if you don’t believe solstice is the day on which fairies are most active, there’s something special – spiritual, even – about it. Which is probably why itís also designated International Yoga Day. Head to Alexandra Palace (8am-8pm; free), Hampstead Heath (10am-noon; £10) or Shoreditch Park (noon-7pm; free) to find like-minded Londoners saluting the sun.

Spend time with your dad

Fathers Day falls on the solstice this year so, even if you’re a cynic with no intention of buying a cheesy card, you’ll have plenty of time to join your pa for a jaunt. If your excuse is a shortage of cash, take advantage of the special ‘dads go free’ deal at The View From the Shard.

Take a hike

The Breakfast Club provides a midnight feast at a secret location on the Largactyl Shuffle Midnight Walk, run by CoolTan Arts, a charity for adults with mental health issues. Embrace this year’s theme of ‘Light’ by taking torches, lamps, glow sticks and light-up clothes. Sat Jun 20, 11.45pm. Free.

Enjoy a movie marathon

If it’s film that floats your boat, take up Short Sighted Cinema’s invitation to watch all their short films in one go. Themed programmes including ‘Die Laughing’ (guts, gore and comedy-horror) and ‘Outside Looking In’ (short dramas exploring life on the outskirts of British society) will be interspersed with live acts and discussions, plus there’s beer and a barbecue. Twelve hours of bliss. Book here. Electrowerkz, 7 Torrens St, EC1V 1NQ. Angel. Sun Jun 21, noon-midnight. £25 day pass.

Enjoy a sundowner

There’s hardly a more spectacular way to toast the sun’s hardest working day than by watching it drench the London skyline in technicolour hues from Frank’s Cafe. At ten storeys high, south London’s favourite rooftop bar provides an uninterrupted view that can’t be beat – we’ve managed to spot Wembley Arch from up there and that’s around 12 miles away. Turn up early to claim a front-row stool and settle in with a spritz that’s as orange as the view will be, come 9.22pm, if the weather gods oblige. Peckham Multi-Storey Car Park, 95a Rye Lane, SE15 4ST. Closes 11pm daily. Free entry.

Not bought your dad a Father’s Day pressie yet? Here’s some more cool ideas for stuff to do.

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