Anyone visiting London during the weekend of 18th to 21st January can expect an experience beyond their wildest dreams – and it is totally free!
The London Lumiere has returned, turning London’s streets, buildings and gardens into a world of magic, mystery and light. The first Lumiere took place in 2016 and attracted over 1.3m people. According to the organisers, Artichoke, Lumiere 2018 will be bigger and better than ever.
Judging by the scale, it certainly will be. Over 40 artists are taking part, creating breathtaking installations in an area stretching from Kings Cross to the South Bank, Victoria to Covent Garden, Oxford Circus to Westminster! Be prepared for a lot of walking. Most people find that they need two or three nights to be able to appreciate everything, as many of the installations need you to stand and watch for some time, or you can find it hard to pull yourself away from an interactive exhibit simply because you are having so much fun. It is good if you stay in holiday apartments near Oxford Street.
Ideally plan your visit beforehand. Maps can be downloaded from www.visitlondon.com/lumiere/programme/map
Work out which installations you really want to see and try and see as many as possible within the same area so as to make best use of your time. Book your stay at short let apartments in Central London, dress warmly, and wear comfortable shoes and don’t forget to stop off for a drink or two at one of London’s many fantastic pubs or cafes.
So what are you likely to see? Well Lumiere 2016 included colour changing benches, flying bodies, giant elephants and strange gardens. Highlights this year include a massive painting on the walls of Westminster Abbey in which every statue, nook and cranny is adorned with brilliant jewel like shades. Then there is the nocturnal garden in Leicester Square where curious creatures can be seen, or the strange house decorated with fluorescent blue tubes which crawl up and around the building in South Audley Street. Dramatic soundscapes combine with glittering, fractured light in Kings Cross and the concrete edges of the National Theatre appear to liquefy creating a beacon of light.
Wherever you go, you are guaranteed to find something spectacular and astounding designed to lift your spirits in the dark days of winter. London’s architecture and iconic buildings take on an amazing, memorable aspect which is not to be missed.