When the clocks went forward in March, it felt like an escape from the cold winter months (despite losing an hour of beauty sleep). Sunsets arrived after 7pm for the first time in six long months, spring flowers bloomed and the temperatures slowly started to creep up.
Now, though, we’re looking forward to a true gamechanger: the first 9pm sunset, which will take place tonight (May 26). Essentially, it marks the sign of summer being ushered into the city of London, opening the doors to a plethora of evening activities that can only be enjoy at this time of year. And, it comes just in time for our four day bank holiday weekend, which is a welcome little bonus.
Picnic on Primrose Hill while watching the sun leave for another day? Easy. Al fresco dining without having to worry about daylight leaving you? Check. Hours of after work drinks in the daylight. Done. Whatever you like to do in the summer, the time is now, friends, and we’ve got two months of post-9pm sunsets to look forward to before it dips under the horizon at 8:59pm on July 25.
If London’s weather could match the late sunsets, then that’d be just the tonic as we head into the summer. According to the latest forecast, it’s going to continue in the stop-start mode that we’ve endured through May. Hopefully it’ll be time to get those deckchairs ready and soak in those late sunsets very soon.