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Neon Lights Light Up The Capital As Lumiere Returns To The City

January 15, 2018

Lifestyle | by Baldwin Ho


Lumiere London returns for the second edition on the 18th – 21st January with installations bigger, bolder and brighter than ever!

With more than 50 installations transforming London’s streets into a neon wonderland, now is the time to plan your visit to catch the innovative creations. Highlights include Waterlicht which will transform Granary Square in King’s Cross into a virtual, magical marine world. Oxford Circus will be getting Origin of the World Bubble 2018, which is a giant globe suspended above the world-famous junction and it interacts with the movements of the pedestrians below. Whilst, you can see Westminster Abbey in a new light with The Light of the Spirit (Chapter 2) technicolour display.

Entre les Rangs by Rami Bebawi and KANVA. Courtesy of Artichoke and the artists

 

‘Be Faithful to Your Dreams’ by Tracey Emin, 1998.
Cyclique by Collectif Coin. Courtesy of Artichoke and the artists

There are a plethora of offers linked with the festival from hotel stays, to sightseeing, to spa treatments and even dining out. The offers to look out for include half-price entry to Westminster Abbey on the 18th and 19th January, discounted hotel stays at luxe hotels like Hotel Cafe Royal and Mondrian London. In fact, the latter is a great option for an all-day indulgent experience with their spa social offer.

Lumiere Cocktails
Lampounette by TILT. Courtesy of Artichoke and the artists.

On Thursday 18th January from 18:30 – 21:30, you can enjoy exclusive use of their aqua Spa along with mini head massages, limited edition Lumiere cocktails, a sumptuous supper at Sea Containers restaurant and a beauty kit to take home.

Umbrella Project, Cirque Bijou. Photo by Andre Pattenden. Courtesy of Artichoke and the artists.

For an exquisite dining experience, that is just as interactive as the installations, I would recommend the “Dine Your Way” Menu-Hopping Experience from the Marriott hotel group. Their 5-star venues are all in close proximity to the main artistic centres for Lumiere London including The Perception at W London, The Booking Office at St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel London, the Palm Court at Sheraton Grand London Park Lane and Gillray’s Steakhouse & Bar at London Marriott County Hall. The concept is you can savour a different course in each of their venues along the route of the illuminated installations. For example, you can imbibe on the Green Glow, a refreshing gin cocktail at the Booking Office before you check out Waterlicht and then enjoy a burrata buddha bowl at the newly opened The Perception and then finish the evening off with a tantalising spiced apple crumble with hot toddy ice-cream at The Terrace Grill & Bar at Le Meridien Piccadilly, which is a short stroll from the display at the Royal Academy of Arts. Please check the websites below for further information.

For more information on Lumiere Festival see here.

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