Lumiere London has captured the capital’s attention and it’s the event everyone seems to be talking about right now. As I’m on social media quite a lot, it’s hard to tell just how widespread the excitement is so I’ll hand over to Visit London to explain what the festival is all about:
“Produced by Artichoke and supported by the Mayor of London, for four evenings in January [14th – 16th] a host of international artists will illuminate the city from 6:30pm to 10:30pm each night.
See iconic architecture transformed with 3D projections, interactive installations and other extraordinary light works.”
There were two things I knew I’d love about this – pretty lights and the chance to test my night photography skills. I was hit with FOMO as soon as I read about it and I had to plot a date in the diary.
I had one night to see as much as I could and last night was the night.
I started at Kings Cross, here’s what I found there >>>
IFO (Identified Flying Object), Jacques Rival.
I arrived at just after 6.30pm and there were 1000s of people there already!
Litre of Light, Mick Stephenson, Central Saint Martins Students & MyShelter Foundation.
Sadly there was a slow queue to get through this tunnel so I moved on to other things.
Dresses, Tae gon KIM
Light Graffiti, Floating Pictures
There were lots of children enjoying the lights and colours, it’s definitely family friendly.
Circus of Light, Ocubo
It’s hard to show in photographs but most of the installations are moving,
Diver, Ron Haselden.
As I was heading south to go home I decided to hop off at Oxford Circus and walk the route to Green Park too.
1.8 London, Janet Echelman / Studio Echelman
Possibly my favourite, there was something eery and mesmerising about it.
Elephantastic, Top’là Design / Catherine Garret
This had sound too!
Les Luminéoles, Porté par le vent
195 Piccadilly, NOVAK
This was beautiful and so apt with all the galleries around Piccadilly.
With the streets closed from Oxford Circus to Piccadilly to Green Park, there was so much more space that I found this route more enjoyable!
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I love how every now and then London offers these great events that remind you why it’s fun here.
All the details about Lumiere London (including a handy map) can be found here. You can download the Visit London app on Android and Apple where there’s a special section for the event. But if you can’t make it yourself, you can see more pictures on Instagram using the hashtag #LumiereLDN.