Midsummer in London 2018

Jun 15, 2018 by

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Midsummer London 2018



The best day in the calendar amongst many Swedes! In Sweden every single Swede is celebrating Midsummer, often outside the big cities, in country houses and parks. So what about the London celebrations?  The original LondonSwedes’ knows what’s up here – No one is responsible for the massive gatherings that have been happening in previous years in Hyde Park and not us either. If you want to go with some friends to the park, go ahead. It’s a fun day! Just make sure to take full responsibility for your own things and never leave any garbage.

There is still no official festival happening. There are some smaller one, we have listed them below.


Happy Midsummer!

Don’t forget that you can order your Swedish food through Scandinavian Kitchen, Totally Swedish or Ocado and make your own party! There are also options if you don’t want to do it yourself  such as ScandiKitchen’s ready made picnic box.



Midsummer After Party
+ World Cup Screening – Sweden – Germany


This year’s biggest evening party for Midsummer will be hosted by Make Believe. We will be there!
Join this extra special evening & night of Swedish Midsummer celebrations following the daytime festivities.
We are only 3 stops away from Hyde Park Corner. The station (Vauxhall) is just 1 minute from the venue.
From 7 pm we will be screening Sweden’s World cup match vs Germany on large outdoor screens, followed by a night at the venue Lightbox next door playing House & Disco from some of the finest London & Swedish DJs. Full lineup TBA.
Expect a fully Scandinavian “Midsommar” style florally decorated food garden where you can enjoy a range of globally inspired dishes from various food stalls, while we will be serving traditional Swedish hot dogs to keep you appetised later at night.
Enjoy the game with other Swedish football supporters
Get your sparkle on by our Facepainters
Pimp your beard or hair in our floral wreath stall
Enjoy Swedish hot-dogs by midnight
Food stalls
Photo booth
Snaps Girls
DJ’s and Live entertainment
Private booths available for larger groups. Only £250 min spend. Takes up to 15 people.
Bookings for booths or questions: shabbaparty@gmail.com


This year’s event is NOT hosted by LondonSwedes but we will be there with bells on! Some free snaps will be flying around provided by LondonSwedes!


Date and time: Saturday 23rd June 6 pm – 3 am
Child-friendly: No
Type of event: Food/Drinks/Dancing
Address: 6A S Lambeth P SW8 1SP
Prices from: £10
Tickets/more info: https://www.designmynight.com/london/whats-on/food-drink/swedish-midsummer-nights-world-cup-screening?t=tickets



Midsummer Dinner at Aquavit


Join the best Swedish restaurant in the capital for a jolly evening of schnapps, singing and a traditional feast of Scandinavian dishes on our newly launched Spring Terrace from 6:30-10:30pm to celebrate Midsummer’s Eve.

Food include: Mustard, vendace roe & chives, Brantevik herring. Gravlax with mustard, dill sauce. Mini bowls of Swedish meatballs, pickled cucumber, lingonberries. Food served with Aquavit – OP Anderson Original; cumin, anise, fennel 25ml

Please note any other food and drinks purchased will not be included in the ticket price.


Date and time: Friday 22rd June
Child-friendly: No
Type of event: Food/Drinks
Address: St James’s Market, 1 Carlton St, St. James’s, London SW1Y 4QQ
Price: £40
Tickets/more info: https://www.designmynight.com/london/restaurants/central-london/aquavit/midsummer-dinner-at-aquavit



Midsummer Lunch party at The Lighthouse


Join The Lighthouse as they celebrate Swedish Midsummer in style. 4 course sit down meal including some Swedish Classics and a summer BBQ.  Wine and local beer pairings, plus authentic Swedish Snaps, and of course, flower crowns! Have a truly Scandi time with traditional songs and games throughout dinner. After the lunch guests have the opportunity to watch Germany vs Sweden in the World Cup on our big screens in the bar.


Date and time: Saturday 23rd June
Child-friendly: No
Type of event: Food/Drinks
Address:  441 Battersea Park Road SW11 4lR
Price: £35
Tickets/more info: https://www.designmynight.com/london/pubs/battersea/the-lighthouse-battersea/midsummer-lunch-party-the-lighthouse?t=tickets



ABSOLUT Midsummer Banquet


Celebrate the longest day of the year and the start of the Absolut Midsommar festival with a 3-course Swedish feast and Absolut cocktails. They have an impressive menu!

Absolut welcomes guests into their Midsommar world, a haven of delicious cocktails, sumptuous feasting and entertainment to celebrate the launch of Midsommar and the longest day of the year. Wild flowers and natural decoration abound as they bring the great flowery outdoors to East London.

Guests will enjoy3-courserse feast of smorgasbords and sharing platters of authentic Swedish favourites will be served on long decadent tables, embracing the convivial and social Midsommar ethos.


Date and time: Thursday 21th June 12 pm – 11 pm
Child-friendly: No
Type of event: Food/Drinks
Address: Absolut Midsommar Hub, Last Days of Shoreditch, 288 Old Street, London, EC1V 9LA
Price: £35
Tickets/more info: https://drinkup.london/events/19452/absolut-midsommar-summer-solstice-banquet/



Virtuous Vodka Midsummer party at Sager & Wild


Restaurant Sager & Wild have partnered with organic Swedish brand Virtuous Vodka to bring a taste of Scandi summer celebrations to East London. In honour of the traditional Swedish Midsummer festivities, they will be running a special Virtuous Vodka cocktail menu with a Swedish inspired food menu and DJs including DJ Mo Fingaz and Mr Russ Ryan.

Their very own Swedish chef is putting together a special a la carte menu for the event with a mixture of snacks and more substantial bits to truly give you a taste of Sweden, expect Virtuous Vodka cured Gravlax and Swedish caviar on toast.

A complimentary Midsummer punch on arrival and Swedish Beers along with the below cocktails for a reduced price of just £5! If you can’t wait till then these drinks are on our cocktail list for £8.50 throughout June so come down and give them a try.


Date and time: Sunday 24th June 12 pm – 11 pm
Child-friendly: No
Type of event: Food/Drinks
Address: Sager + Wilde | Paradise Row
Price: From £20
Tickets/more info: Virtuous Vodka Midsummer Party



Young professionals Midsummer After Work Drinks


On Friday the 22nd of June, the Young Professionals Midsummer Extravaganza returns to London! The holiday is a Swedish favourite and it involves flowers in your hair, dancing, singing songs while drinking unsweetened, flavoured schnapps and Rekorderlig Cider.

Join the celebration at KuPP and experience the highlight of Swedish festivities. Enjoy a live band, the breeze from the water in the Paddington basing, try the KuPP Midsummer feast at a discounted price, get treated to two complimentary ciders (collected the first 2 hours of the event) and tie your own flower crown like Swedes have done for centuries.

In addition, a ticket includes a guest list service for an After Party at the Members club Albert’s from 23.00 until late (92b Old Brompton Rd, Kensington, London SW7 3LQ).


Date and time: Friday 22nd June 7 pm-11 pm
Child-friendly: No
Type of event: Drinks/
Address: KuPP Paddington, 53, 5 Merchant Square, London W2 1AS
Price: Member £19, Non-member £25
Tickets/more info: https://www.scc.org.uk/young-professionals/yp-events/list/yp-midsummer-drinks/




Kosmopol Thursday Midsummer Celebrations


Join for an Absolut cocktail & canape reception from 9 pm. Add yourself and your friends to their guestlist via email info@kosmopollondon.co.uk and receive a surprise welcome drink on arrival!

Kosmopol is a small cocktail bar on Fulham Road, known for showing all Swedish games and celebrating Swedish holidays but in a smaller scale. Come and get into the Midsummer mode on Thursday with celebrity DJ Peter Siepen.


Date and time: Thursday 21st June
Child-friendly: No
Type of event: Drinks/Dancing
Address: 138 Fulham Rd, London SW10 9PY
Price: Free entry
Tickets/more info: https://www.facebook.com/Kosmopol-21971085124/



Pub London Calling Sweden 


This charming pub has it focuses on the World Cup games but will be filled with Swedes and schnapps so you can still get into the Midsummer spirit. Btw, how have we never heard about this pub before?


Date and time: Saturday 23rd June from 7 pm
Child-friendly: No
Type of event: Beer and Cheese bar showing the games
Address: 72 Enid St, London SE16 3RA
Price: No entry but will be crowded quickly
Tickets/more info: https://londoncallingsweden.com/



BeBrunch Day Brunch


BEbrunch is teaming up with some of London’s best Swedish promoters to bring you a huge party on the Century Club Rooftop.

Their DJ’s will be playing a mix of house, commercial and hip-hop back to back all afternoon with several performances from 12-6: 30 pm. Our seated dining brunch menu will be served 12-2pm (last orders at 1 pm). If you’re not joining us for food don’t worry the music, entertainment and drinks will be ready for you from 12 pm until 6:30 pm.


Date and time: Saturday 23rd June 12pm – 6:30pm
Child-friendly: No
Type of event: Day party, young crowd.
Address: 61-63 Shaftesbury Ave, Soho, London W1D 6LQ
Price: £20
Tickets/more info: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bebrunch-swedish-midsummer-party-century-club-sat-23rd-june-tickets-46815543551



Swedish Church in Marylebone 


Come celebrate Midsummer at Ulrika Eleonora!
A festive midsummer mingle with food and refreshments, followed by the magically mystic Swedish classic Förklädd Gud by Lars-Erik Larsson, performed by Ulrika Eleonora church choir, supported by soloists and an 11-piece orchestra, conducted by Toril Briese.

4 pm: Midsummer buffé & refreshments in the Swedish Hall
5.30 pm: Concert in the Church

Soprano: Amie Foon
Barytone: Knut Rygnestad


Date and time: 23rd June 4pm – 6:30pm
Child friendly:  Yes
Type of event: Church Concert
Price: £20 (Pre-mingle with food & concert) £10 (concert only)
Address: 6 Harcourt Street, W1H 4AG London, United Kingdom
Tickets/more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/313495735851347/



För svenska familjer


(private events and not officially open to the public but if you are a Swedish family, please e-mail and check if you can join, kids-friendly). 


Midsummer in Hackney

Bring food and drinks, instruments and outdoor games, tents/gazebos if it looks like rain and fresh flowers to make head decorations. This event is for families and kids. Välkomna!



Midsommar i Brighton

Lördag 23 juni


Välkomna att fira midsommar med oss på svenska skolan i Brighton den 23:e juni från 12.00 till 17.00. Ta med er picknick, filt och sångröst. Biljetter kostar £2 per person och finns tillgängliga att köpa här: Det ingår hopptorn, jordgubbstårta, musikunderhållning, allsång och dans kring midsommarstången. Fine and Scandi kommer att befinna sig på plats och sälja mat och svenskt kaffe. Dessutom kommer där att vara försäljning av svenskt godis, smycken och andra hantverk. Parkeringen på svenska skolan reserveras för medhjälpare, organisatörer och försäljare, men buss nummer 1 och 1A från centrala Brighton stannar alldeles utanför skolan. Vi är tacksamma om all kommunikation sker via den här Facebook-sidan.
Vi vill också tillägga att grillning inte är tillåten.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/547166018989884/

Biljetter: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/midsommar-i-brighton-tickets-44217251991?aff=es2



Svensk midsommar i Barnes 

Lördag 23 juni


Välkommen att fira Midsommar med oss!

För fjärde året i rad får vi möjligheten att fira Midsommar tillsammans här i Barnes. Vi ser fram emot en dag då vi får träffa nya och gamla vänner, äta sill & potatis och tårta och sjunga härliga sommarsånger. Hoppas du vill vara med!

13.00 – 14.30 Lunch serveras
Fiskdamm för barnen
14.30 Dans kring midsommarstången
15.00 Kaffe och kaka
15.30 Midsommarandakt med sång av London Nordic Choir
16.00 Slut

Eventet är barnvänligt och vänder sig främst till Svenskar och deras familjer.
För att kunna garantera att maten räcker och det blir trevligt för alla behöver man anmäla sig.

Anmäl er här: https://htbarnes.churchsuite.co.uk/events/nynidoej

Det är gratis att vara med men medtag gärna kontanter för att ge en gåva som täcker våra omkostnader, eller för att fiska i fiskdammen.


Follow us on @londonswedes hashtag #londonswedes and show your favourite Midsummer photos or share your London adventure!