A hot summer night in London – photo essay

By Sarah Lee and Laura Barton

On a midsummer night, after the hottest June day since 1976, photographer Sarah Lee travelled across London with writer Laura Barton to capture the capital's mood

Midsummer, heavy heat, and London is beside itself: couples kiss by tube station steps, accordion players linger on street corners, the city is alive with the coatless, bare-legged and bewildered. Across the air comes the sound of last orders, police sirens, blurry conversation, while the backstreets stand quiet, lost in the scent of jasmine and dust.

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