Lumiere London

Prepare to be mesmerised! Lumiere London is back and it’s brighter, bolder and more magical. Join us on January 18-21, 5.30-10.30pm, and see King’s Cross transformed into a spectacular, nocturnal art show that will lift your spirit. Start planning your visit with these details of great restaurant offers, things to see, and cosy spots to warm up with mulled wine and hot chocolate.

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Download the Lumiere guide and app

Download the Lumiere guide and app

Before your visit, download the Lumiere app and your guide to King’s Cross to find out about all the installations and other festival happenings.

Before you set off, read our FAQs

Before you set off, read our FAQs

Read our FAQs for info about the festival, facilities, transport and access questions and Road closures.

Festival updates

Festival updates

Visit the Lumiere London website for all event updates during the festival.

Lampounette

Lampounette

Stop off at King’s Boulevard to enjoy TILT’s surreal take on the area’s corporate environment with Lampounette, which pays homeage to the iconic office desk lamp, but in giant size.

Stop off at King’s Boulevard to enjoy TILT’s surreal take on the area’s corporate environment with Lampounette, which pays homeage to the iconic office desk lamp, but in giant size…

The French artistic studio focuses on the exploration of light and its interplay with art, architecture and space. TILT’s work takes in all aspects of light art, whether temporary interventions or permanent installations, with the aim of changing our view and experience of familiar urban landscapes. Inspired by nature or objects of everyday life, its works create a dreamlike universe using humour and poetry.

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Waterlicht

Waterlicht

See Granary Square morph into an epic, dream-like seascape. Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde explores the power and poetry of water with his work Waterlicht. To fully immerse yourself in the experience, use your mobile and headphones to hear the accompanying soundtrack.

Entre les rangs

Entre les rangs

Experience a sensory stroll around an unusual field with Entre les rangs by Rami Bebawi / KANVA (Canada). This installation is in Lewis Cubitt Park and features thousands of illuminated flower-like reflectors as a tribute to fields of wheat that shimmer in the wind as the seasons pass.

The Night Market

The Night Market

Stay warm and dry at the Night Market during Lumiere London. Packed with the best food stalls and bars, enjoy gourmet food, craft beer or a warming drink. You can find the Night Market at Lewis Cubitt Square. Check out the Rana Begum artwork whilst you’re there.

Bottle Festoon

Bottle Festoon

Bottle Festoon is an installation of chandeliers made from recycled plastic bottles. See it on the Bagley Walk viaduct next to the canal. The piece is by community groups from the London Boroughs of Greenwich, Lambeth, Redbridge and Waltham Forest, supported by Veolia and the Croydon Partnership (Hammerson and Westfield).

LUMA pop-up bar

LUMA pop-up bar

Visit our speakeasy-style Luma bar, and try a winter gin cocktail or two created by professional mixologists. Sample the ‘Gin Bramble’ or ‘Hot Mulled Gin’ in luxury 1920’s comfort. Read more and download the cocktail list here.

Aether

Aether

Experience Architecture Social Club’s fascinating light and soundscape, Aether in Central Saint Martins. The installation connects form, colour and music to our emotions. Be amazed as its glittering mass grows, rolls and splinters in reaction to a soundscape created by music producer, Max Cooper.

Instagram competition - win dinner at Granary Square Brasserie!

Instagram competition - win dinner at Granary Square Brasserie!

Post your Lumiere pics and be in with a chance of winning dinner for two at the newly opened Granary Square Brasserie. Click here for details on how to enter and get snapping!

Guardian Angels

Guardian Angels

Be amazed by the unexpected and surprising, as watering lanterns stop you in your tracks at Gasholder Park. Appearing white by day, the collection of plastic watering cans are suspended in mid-air. By night, they come to life, pouring out “water” made from fibre optic wire on the grass below. Guardian Angels, by Maro Avrabou and Dimitri Xenakis highlights the importance of nature preservation and is a tribute to gardeners.

Grabber

Grabber

Discover Mader Wiermann’s Grabber, a computer-simulated version of architectural creation, set against a backdrop of Coal Drops Yard. This giant projection focuses on the materials and methods of fabrication and reflects London, a city that is filled with construction work and cranes, constantly building and developing.

Deconstructing the Domestic

Deconstructing the Domestic

Head to the Universal Building Vitrines on Goods Way to see Nathaniel Rackowe’s work, Deconstructing the Domestic. The piece takes inspiration from the urban environment and domestic situations.

Sneak a peek at Coal Drops Yard & Gasholders

Sneak a peek at Coal Drops Yard & Gasholders

From Granary Square, stroll up the newly opened viaduct next to the canal. On your left is the Fish & Coal building, Tom Dixon’s new studio. Walk a little further for a sneak peek into Coal Drops Yard, the brand new shopping destination which opens this autumn. Beyond is the stunning Gasholders apartment building.

DOT

DOT

See an enormous bank of bulbs pulse, flash and beam across Pancras Square. The 175 light bulbs in Philippe Morvan’s DOT respond to a soundtrack composed especially for Lumiere London by Solomon Grey, signed to Mercury KX/Universal Music.

See an enormous bank of light bulbs pulse, flash and beam across Pancras Square. The 175 light bulbs in Philippe Morvan’s DOT respond to a soundtrack composed specially for Lumiere London by Solomon Grey, signed to Mercury KX/Universal Music. Alongside the music, patterns start to appear – an ever-changing panorama of horizontal and vertical lines, spheres and cubes.

French visual artist and set designer Morvan lives in Lyon. He’s interested in using sound and light to create narratives that respond to specific locations. His work has been shown across the world from Beijing to Jerusalem, Budapest to Xi’an.

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IFO (Identified Flying Object)

IFO (Identified Flying Object)

By day, this giant ‘birdcage’ frames the daily theatre of the street. At night it comes alive in a luminous array of colours, re-emitting the energy it has accumulated during the day. IFO is created by French artist and architect Jacques Rival and can be found just outside the stations in Battlebridge Place.

Upperground

Upperground

Find nature in a place where you’re most removed from it. In Upperground, by Maya Mouawad and Cyril Laurier, lights in King’s Cross Tunnel are connected to the nearest natural park’s wind conditions and react to them in real time. The piece uses electric lights to visualise aspects of the natural environment which we’re confronted with in our everyday lives. Enter the tunnel via One Pancras Square or King’s Cross St Pancras stations.

Kids light trail

Kids light trail

For our younger visitors, follow the light trail and collect a sticker at each of the four locations around King’s Cross and while you are there enjoy family friendly activities. Visit each stop to find out more. Once you have all four stickers, bring your sheet to the candyfloss stall at the Night Market for your free candyfloss and glow band.

Fluro cocktails and manicures at Granary Square Brasserie

Fluro cocktails and manicures at Granary Square Brasserie

The latest addition to the King’s Cross restaurant scene, Granary Square Brasserie will be celebrating with a resident DJ to play all evening, and a special fluro cocktail will be available at the bar. Also! Guests who decide to have dinner can have their nails done ‘Lumiere-style’ at the WAH nail art pop up bar 4-9pm. Click here for more info, plus all our Lumiere specials and January offers here.

20% off at & Other Stories

20% off at & Other Stories

Get 20% off selected items at & Other Stories during Lumiere on 18, 19 and 20 Jan for the festival hours (5pm-10pm). & Other Stories is collaborating with Seriously Coffee company and will be providing hot drinks and small pastries to customers. See details and other offers and specials here.

Lumiere special at Spiritland

Lumiere special at Spiritland

Music-lovers’ mecca Spiritland is offering a Lumiere special where you can choose one of their delicious small dishes alongside a cocktail for just £10. Click here for more info, plus all our Lumiere specials and January offers here.

Mmmmulled wine & more

Mmmmulled wine & more

Escape the crowds, stop by the charming oasis that is the Skip Garden for mulled wine, warm homemade veggie pots and sweet treats.

Free Espresso martinis at Carhartt

Free Espresso martinis at Carhartt

Pick-up a free Espresso martinis when shopping at Carhartt on King’s Boulevard from 18-21 Jan. And from 5-10pm each evening, the store will be hosting 4 different DJs performing 4 different sets! Should be fun.

Steaming hot chocolate

Steaming hot chocolate

The team from Ruby Violet will be on their bike serving hot chocolate smattered with almond nut brittle & rum (or without), and sundaes with hot chocolate sauce on warm Genoese sponge, topped with a meringue. Yum! Click here for more info, plus all our Lumiere specials and January offers here.

See George Harvey's new piece at Spiritland

See George Harvey's new piece at Spiritland

18montrose has teamed up with artist George Harvey to create a bespoke video installation in its Stable Street store for Lumiere. Pop-by to check it out on your way around the installation trail.

Reef, beef and bubbles at Drake and Morgan?

Reef, beef and bubbles at Drake and Morgan?

Try prawns, steak & green leaves with a glass of Prosecco for £9.95 – under a tenner & under 500 cals. Add chips for £1, or upgrade to lobster & champagne at Drake & Morgan

Winter warmers at Maple & King's

Winter warmers at Maple & King's

Warm up at Maple and King’s with healthy, flavour-packed stews, superfood lattes or homemade gluten-free sweets like the Best Gluten-Free Brownie. Get cosy in the café or take away. See details and other offers and specials here.

Special screenings at Everyman

Special screenings at Everyman

Visit the newly opened Everyman Cinema for complimentary screenings inspired by the Lumiere festival from 18th – 21st January. See details and other offers and specials here.

Lumiere set menu at Rotunda

Lumiere set menu at Rotunda

Dine canalside with two courses from the Lumiere set menu, plus a glass of house wine or beer for just £22. At Rotunda, King’s Place. See details and other offers and specials here.

House of Illustration

House of Illustration

House of Illustration is a unique gallery is dedicated to the art of illustration, founded by Quentin Blake. They’re offering 2FOR1 entry throughout January, plus 10% off everything from their independent shop and online store when you use code LUMIERE2018. Click here for more info, plus all our Lumiere specials and January offers here.

Pop by the Lethaby Gallery

Pop by the Lethaby Gallery

Stop by the Lethaby Gallery and see the world through metadata. From 15th Century manuscripts to contemporary fine art collaborations, this exhibition explores the metadata of imagery and its influence.

While you're here, hit the shops

While you're here, hit the shops

& Other Stories, Carhartt WIP, Jigsaw and 18montrose are newly opened. Here’s where you can hit the sales once you’ve seen the Lumiere installations.

Dine your way around Lumiere London

Dine your way around Lumiere London

Some of the city’s most exciting eateries – such as The Perception at the W Hotel and St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel – have teamed up to offer the ‘Dine Your Way’ Lumiere menu, giving guests the chance to sample a different course in each of the restaurants along the route of illuminated installations. Click here for more info on the restaurants and the route.

Stargaze in Gasholder Park

Stargaze in Gasholder Park

It’s such a beautiful spot. Canalside Gasholder Park, in the historic gasholder frame, is the perfect spot to get away from the crowds and take in the night’s sky.

20% off Lumiere special at Radio hair salon

20% off Lumiere special at Radio hair salon

Get a new glow at Radio hair salon with 20% off a Haeckels Body Scrub or the Bright & Bundle package (full manicure and haircut). Both offers are available for the whole of January. See details and other offers and specials here.

Green & Fortune

Green & Fortune

Over at King’s Place, Green & Fortune will be serving quick bites which can be eaten in the café or taken away. Perfect if you’re looking for a quieter pitstop. Click here for more info, plus all our Lumiere specials and January offers here.

Let the light in

Let the light in

Light has the power to alter our mood, motivate religious rituals and inspire writers, thinkers and artists. Tamsin Crimmens writes about its transformative power in KX Quarterly.