The Lighting of London

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Illuminating those January Blues

In case you didn’t get a chance to head to London for its 2nd Lumiere light festival, we’d love to share with you our highlights of the free outdoor spectacle.

Lumiere London poster, London, England, UK
Shaida Walking, Lumiere London, London, England, UK

Fingers crossed it returns

The first Lumiere London was held in January 2016 and covered three key areas of London, however, for 2018 the stakes were upped and were extended further around the city.

Covering more of London’s icons north of the River Thames and also heading south of the river, particularly along the South Bank.

A garden around William Shakespere, Lumiere London, London, England, UK

Our mini tour focused mainly around the West End of London, but there was so much more to see, given the time.

Make-over

The elegant architecture of Westminster Abbey was illuminated for the 2nd time, by French digital artist Patrice Warrener. The façade of the Great West Gate was awash with multi-colours enhancing so much of the intricate detail that may often go unnoticed.

Westminster Abbey, Lumiere London, London, England, UK
Another entrance to the Abbey, Lumiere London, London, England, UK

Nelson’s watching

Venturing into to Trafalgar Square and you are greeted with a sea of luminous balloons that sway in the evening air, almost dancing with the music.

Nelson's column in Lumiere London, London, England, UK
Illuninations around the square, Lumiere London, London, England, UK

For a great view of the whole installation, climb the steps in front of the National Gallery and take a peek over the terrace.

Trafalgar Square, Lumiere London, London, England, UK

Don’t forget

Download your Visit London app, to pick up the Lumiere London updates for next time!!!!

Stepping into the unknown

Spin around in Trafalgar Square, and you’ll see an illuminated pink ladder, stretching high into the sky to a world of mystery beyond.

Echelle - The pink ladder, Lumiere London, London, England, UK

The Glitter Ball

Reflektor as it is officially known, although it did look like a huge glitter ball, is found hanging high above St James’s Market.

Its shimmering exterior was reflecting lights on the buildings surrounding it.

The Reflektor, Lumiere London, London, England, UK

To the circus

Piccadilly to be precise, and this was undoubtedly one of the highlights for us.

The stunning projection of ‘Voyage’ onto the Hotel Café Royal was amazing, and it took you on a whistle-stop tour through travel and the Industrial Revolution.

Telling a story, Lumiere London, London, England, UK
The Hotel Café Royal, Lumiere London, London, England, UK
Time ticks by, Lumiere London, London, England, UK

A huge pendulum of time was swinging back and forth and taking you on a journey before your eyes.

Have You?

Ever seen any illuminated cathedrals in France, the summer evening shows in Reims and Rouen and incredible?

Flora & Fauna

Head into Leicester Square Gardens and a little bit of the British countryside has been transported to London for you.

Butterflies in Leicester Square, Lumiere London, London, England, UK
A London badger set, Lumiere London, London, England, UK
A big white hare, Lumiere London, London, England, UK

Graceful butterflies, swaying Snowdrops, chasing hares and snuffling hedgehogs, sit unassumingly amongst William Shakespeare & Charlie Chaplin.

Illuminated frogs, Lumiere London, London, England, UK
The Hedgehog family, Lumiere London, London, England, UK

Into the Orient

Gliding through the streets of Chinatown were three pink flamingos, gracefully soaring amongst the revellers.

Flamingos in flight, Lumiere London, London, England, UK

The shimmering flame coloured birds were quite inquisitive if you stood still for too long.

Feeding the flamingos, Lumiere London, London, England, UK

A little bit fishy

Taking a wander along Earlham Street at Seven Dials, you’ll certainly be doing a double take on the telephone box.

This eye-catching London icon has been transformed into a living aquarium, with the colourful exotic fish swimming gracefully around the telephone handset.

Fish in a phonebox, Lumiere London, London, England, UK

Tempted to visit?

Although Lumiere is over for 2018, there is always something new going on in London; you won’t get bored.

Fitzrovia

The last on our list was a visit to Store Street to see Cosmoscope and A-Bit Immersive.

The large globe sculpture of Cosmoscope was quite mesmerising, with flowing streams of light pulsating in and around the sphere.

Cosmoscope in Red, Lumiere London, London, England, UK
Cosmoscope and A-Bit Immersive, Lumiere London, London, England, UK

All the while A-Bit Immersive an interactive game was being projected onto the building beyond. For those of us older enough to remember, it sounded like the 70’s retro games.

Inspired to visit London?

There’s something for everyone, museums, shopping, galleries, quaint English pubs and of course the ancient history of this incredible city?

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About the Author

Janis

Janis, the co-founder of Our World for You, was born in London and raised in Kent and the Isle of Wight.Along with Gary her partner, they have been travelling part time since 1995. In 2016, they decided that enough was enough with the 9 to 5, so armed with the knowledge and experience that they had gained on their adventures, that they wanted to inspire others to travel the world near and far.

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The Lighting of London was last modified: January 24th, 2018 by Janis