Lumiere London

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 >>>

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IFO (Identified Flying Object), Jacques Rival.

I arrived at just after 6.30pm and there were 1000s of people there already!

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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.

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Dresses, Tae gon KIM

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Light Graffiti, Floating Pictures

There were lots of children enjoying the lights and colours, it’s definitely family friendly.

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binaryWaves, LAb[au]

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Circus of Light, Ocubo

It’s hard to show in photographs but most of the installations are moving,

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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.

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1.8 London, Janet Echelman / Studio Echelman

Possibly my favourite, there was something eery and mesmerising about it.

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Elephantastic, Top’là Design / Catherine Garret

This had sound too!

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Les Luminéoles, Porté par le vent

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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.

5 Comments

  1. January 18, 2016 / 12:02 pm

    I had been tantalised all weekend by friends’ photos on FB and last night we thankfully finally managed to go! We didn’t do the Kings Cross stuff (your pics look good, I like the look of the IFO!) but started in Mayfair to do the stuff around Grosvenor Square (I really wanted to see the aquarium phone booth which we did just about manage to see but it was so crowded it was hard to really see much!) and then up to Oxford Circus (I agree it was mesmeric!) and down to Leicester Square via Regent Street/Piccadilly. My absolute favourites without a shadow of doubt were ‘Keyframes’, the illuminated stick men on the building above the Desigual shop (we loved the computer game imagery of it and watched for ages, I genuinely did feel like there were little men running all over the building at one point!) and the ‘Garden of Light’ in Leicester Square (I loved the funky flowers and different effects!) We finished up just as they were turning off the lights and got to watch some of them coming down (as it was the final night), fascinating to see the cranes coming up Regent Street and carefully removing all the gear! I totally agree that these great (free!) events are some of the best things about London!

    • ThisCityLifeLondon
      January 18, 2016 / 1:30 pm

      Oh wow you managed to do so much in one night, especially with the crowds! I thought I’d done well 😉 I liked ‘Keyframes’ too (it was a bit too tricky to photograph though) and generally thought Regent’s Street looked pretty spectacular. I would have liked to see Westminster Abbey after seeing the pictures but I’m sure there’ll be other years given how popular it was!

      • January 19, 2016 / 11:24 am

        Yes I was sorry not to make it to Westminster Abbey too! next time!

    • ThisCityLifeLondon
      January 27, 2016 / 8:40 am

      Me too! It was so popular I’d be surprised if they didn’t! 😊