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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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.
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.
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).
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!
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!
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.