OK so you’re not detoxing because just like the daylight hours at the moment, life is basically too short. Or perhaps you swapped festive indulgence for a Thai spa and are now ready for action. Either way you could probably do with a drink and all the extra sunshine you can soak up so head over to Granary Square in King’s Cross for Winter Sun, an installation-meets-bar-meets-public space that’s inspired by our need for light in the darkness of winter.

The temporary structure of ever-changing light is a collaboration between artists James Bowthorpe and Kim Coleman and architect Andrew Lock. Five metres high by 18 metres wide, the endlessly dimming and brightening social space is encircled by twelve glowing ‘suns’ to emulate natural light on a spectrum from daybreak to daylight and even moonlight – via recorded light from around the structure projected back into the space.

To be fair, if you’re just after the spectacle, you can enjoy it perfectly well from the outside (other non booze based activities include a series of small events from Sun Printing to Shadow Shape making) but if you’re also there for the central bar with its specialist hot and cold cocktails with locally-sourced ingredients such as honey, horseradish and winter fruits then best head on in. There are also lagers and ciders and spirits plus traditional British snacks like pies, scotch eggs and sausage rolls.

Until 31 January 2015, 10am -11pm Monday – Thursday, 10am – 12pm Friday – Saturday and 11am – 4pm on Sunday

kingscross.co.uk/event/wintersun

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