Brightening up winter with Lumiere London

January can be a bit of a bleak month. We’ve spent the previous one eating, drinking and spending too much. The excitement of Christmas has passed, and we’re all now broke and on diets. It is still cold outside, and in general; January feels a little bit dull.

Last week however, I found a brilliant way of brightening it up, with the Lumiere London festival, organised in collaboration with the folks over at Visit London.

It was a 4 day festival, urging Londonders to ‘see winter in a new light.’ Temporary art installations with both static and multimedia formats, from a number of international artists popped up all over London, and truely brightened up the place.

'Joining the dots' at Kings Cross
‘Joining the dots’ at Kings Cross

I took a stroll around on the opening night (Thursday January 14th), and although it was busy, it wasn’t as busy as it was on Saturday, when the lights were temporarily turned off in places, due to overcrowding,

Location of the lights

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The IFO (Identifed Flying Objects, AKAThe Birdcage) at Kings Cross Station had an actual swing inside it!

Lumiere turned many iconic buildings into a a spectacutlar explosion of colour, and were located at Kings Cross , Mayfair, Piccadilly, Regent Street, St James’ Traflagar Square, and Westminster.

I went along with a great Photographer called Chris, who is showing me the ropes in taking better travel photos.

We started off at Kings Cross and worked our way back into Central London, but didn’t get to see everything sadly.

Here are some snaps from my time at Lumiere London 

Playing on the wall of a building at Kings Cross station was the circus of light. An interactive circus show
Playing on the wall of a building at Kings Cross station was the circus of light. An interactive circus show
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Getting creative with a light wand on the ground at Kings Cross 
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‘Diver’ at King Cross
1.8 London, displayed on the corner of Oxford and Regent Streets in London. twisted net, which changed colours
1.8 London, displayed on the corner of Oxford and Regent Streets in London. twisted net, which changed colours

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‘Elephantastic’ in Regent Street 

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Lightbulbs hanging up near Carnaby street 
Centre Point at Trafalgar Square
Centre Point at Trafalgar Square

 

A garden of light in Leicester Square
A Garden of light in Leicester Square

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