The Magical World of Lumiere London

The Hare - Secret Garden, Leicester Square 
Living in this city has it's perks because no matter which borough you live in, you will always find some amazing sights on your doorstep.  Let's ignore the fox poop or whatever the neighbour's cat had for breakfast for now.  I'm talking about the city's historical sites, those grand old museums and galleries, or a royal park or two, and of course we have the river and everything either side of it.  There is always something going on in this city, and sometimes, as many locals like to point out - you  don't need to spend money to enjoy it.

Recently, our city was transformed into a magical world of glittering lights and artistry that held us spellbound in the evenings over the course of a weekend. Thanks to the Arts Council England, and many generous sponsors,  Lumiere London was bought to life.

Across six locations, all easily accessible by tube, we had 51 amazing art installations for the public to enjoy.  And, hats off to all the artists involved, honestly the creativity was mind-blowing. I was transfixed and can only begin to imagine all the elves were working 24/7 behind the scenes.  And I think, it was a hit because every location was *rammed*  In typically British fashion, everyone was  well-behaved, of course.  I barely heard any cussing in the queues, even at the peak hour at Westminster Abbey.

I didn't make it around to all 51 installations but I was very excited about the ones I see.  My inner child was running in circles, and judging by all the collective oohs and ahhs from the everyone,  I'm wasn't alone.  And again, kudos to the super friendly guides manning the sites. Dear Reader, they were patient and calm and very well-mannered despite the crowds and the rain and cold.  One other unexpected bonus -  and completely random - but, if are obsessed with a daily step count? My 10k step goal rocketed to 17k in one evening. Get in!    

If you managed to see Lumiere London, let me know what your favourites were?  Mine was definitely the Childhood balloons installation at Trafalgar Square, and The Light of the Spirit at Westminister Abbey.  Oh - and the Hare sitting regally at Leicester Square.. wait, and the Fish in the Phone box!  They were all so darn good! I can't wait to see what next year brings!

That Fox!  - Leicester Square 

Childhood - Trafalgar Square 

Pretty butterflies  in the Secret Garden - Leicester Square

Running Rabbit  - Nightlife - Jo Pocock and the Lantern Company

The Light of the Spirit - Patrice Warrener, Westminster Abbey

Toad from The Secret Garden - Leicester Square

Night life - Secret Garden

Seven Dials 

The MASSES  - Leicester Square 

Badger family - Secret Garden 
Nightlife by Jo Pocock and the Lantern company

Fish in Phone Box - Benedetto Bufalino & Benoit Deseille
Covent Garden 

PS: All pics taken with iPhone are mine but if you share, please do credit me.
Thank you !  I have noted the artists for the installations where possible.
Have a fab weekend ! X


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