Top Four Ways to Survive the London Heatwave
Written by: Sophie Taylor
Today Londoners will relish (moan) in their fair share of sunlight. It’s set to be another scorcher in the capital and the longest heatwave in twenty years. I for one am going to need all the help I can get not to disappear like the wicked witch of the West into a sticky puddle on the Northern Line.
Here’s our Solstice-worshipping, Pagan inspired tips for surviving the hottest and longest day of the year in London.
1. Be at one with nature
Avoid the tube, be a second class citizen (editor’s words, not mine) and get the bus to work. Most have air con now and at the very least will let in a breeze as long as you’re not stuck in traffic. A better option is to cycle if you’re lucky enough to have a bike. Be at one with the road, your own thoughts and practice the Pagan art of silent meditation on a really bloody loud London road.
Alternatively you could always try kayaking up the canal like we did one time and embrace the Midsummer ritual of ‘swimming in waters as it flows towards the morning sky’. Sort of. The main aim of kayaking is to actually not get wet, especially in the Thames. But worth a go in this heat.
Throw off your cloak*, worship Stonehenge** and overdose on hallucinogenics.*** Try getting pagan about midsummer and celebrate the harvest by enjoying good quality food and wine from local purveyors. Make a conscious effort to source your food from local businesses who can tell you exactly how far the produce has travelled and make sure that mileage is as low as possible. Our local faves include the Deli at 80 in Finsbury Park and brand new sourdough delivery, Bread By Bike of Tufnell Park.
**some small pebbles outside your flat
***an old bag of herbal tea
3. Sun worship
The sun is a god to revere and worship in Pagan tradition, not one to lust after ten months of the year then curse when he gets too close for comfort. My, what fickle creatures we Londoners are.
No, the Sun isn’t a fuckboy to swipe right on then ghost later, he is the life providing fiery crop starter who we should wholeheartedly embrace.
So invest in one of those glorious face mists, slap on the Factor 50 and enjoy his warmth in Clissold Park before he leaves you for another woman / country.
4. Drink up
Perhaps even drink from a horn. I’m sure it doesn’t matter if it’s wine or mead or gin… But make sure you keep your druid-y fluids up and consume lots of water throughout the day too.
Those announcements on the Northern Line about carrying a bottle of water might sound over protective, but Sadiq Khan is our collective mother after all and he knows what he’s talking about.
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