Starting tomorrow is Lumiere London Festival, which is returning to light up the capital for the second time. The four-night festival, is the perfect way to play at being a tourist in London, save money (as it’s free) and banish the January blues as the streets will be literally glowing.
Over 50 artworks by UK and international artists will be transforming our streets into extraordinary immersive experience of light and sound. Head to Ganton Street to view 51 oversized rainbow light bulbs suspended from the sky or go to The Royal Academy of Arts in Piccadilly to view Love, an animation of two intricately paper-cut figures who will dance across the building’s façade. Chinatown will be see giant flamingos gliding through the streets and in Seven Dials you’ll find a telephone box aquarium featuring real fish.
You want to see the light festival, but you also want to go out to eat and you can’t choose where to eat. Do you go before or after seeing the lights? To stop yourselves getting in a quandary, restaurants such as The Booking Office at St Pancras Renaissance Hotel London, The Perception at W London and Gillray’s Steakhouse & Bar, have joined up so that you can dine your way round the festival. For example, start the tour at Bond Street, try out the illuminated interactive seesaws, then head to Lanes of London for a pre-dinner cocktail or two; move down to see the Northern Lights by Aleksandra Stratimirovic and have a decadent truffle mac n cheese at the Palm Court at Sheraton Grand London Park Lane. Finish on the South Bank to see the animated portrait by Emma Allen and Daisy Thompson-Lake underneath Waterloo Station and have pudding at Gillray’s Steakhouse & Bar.
It’s going to be lit.
Lumiere Festival runs from the 18th – 21st January . Get your tickets for the menu hopping experience here.