Why Lumiere London Festival Is Worth A Trip To The Old Smoke

It’s every Instagrammer’s dream come true.


London may not be coined as The City of Light, but for one weekend in January, it sure deserves to be labeled as somewhat of the sort.

Over the weekend (January 18-21,) Lumiere London took over the city of The Old Smoke where art installations crossed paths with flashy creativity. More than 50 artworks displayed throughout London’s architecture and streets, making over the already majestic city into a massive light festival that allowed every Instagrammer’s dream come true.

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Much of the theme this year centered around global warming and the importance of nature, including: “Nightlife” created by the Lantern Company with Jo Pocock that features numerous animals appearing in different parts of the city. In addition, “Aquarium” – a faux fish tank – created by artists Benedetto Bufalino and Benoit Deseille captivated crowds. Rami Bebawi’s shimmering wheat fields was also an eye-catcher, along with Daan Roosegaarde’s “Waterlicht” which was inspired by the world’s rising sea levels.

Another piece spoke to today’s current event: “My Light is Your Light,” a tribute from artist Alaa Minawi to Syrian refugees. If you were already following #LumiereLDN on social media, your eyes were probably feasting on vibrant images from Leicester Square’s sculptures to Oxford Circus’s large bauble.

UK’s largest light festival is free, and due to its popularity, it’ll most likely make a return again next year. If you’re making a trip to England in 2019, this Instagrammer’s buffet is worth bearing the cold in mid-January.

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Luminous London – Wonderful Westminster Abbey all lit up for Lumiere London with a bus running into the frame. I usually don't do the dead of night shots but this one was a bit of a must as it only gets lit after the light has all gone. What do you guys think are any of you heading out to experience this? . . . . . . . . . #london #photosoflondon #photosofbritain #photosofengland #vscolondon #visitengland #humlondon #shutup_london @londonsbest #visitlondon @visitlondon #thisislondon #timeoutlondon #londres #mydarlinglondon #londra #thebigsmokelondon #london_only #visitbritain #london_enthusiast #lovegreatbritain #thelondonlifeinc #ukphotographer #igerslondon #mysecretlondon #lumierelondon #lumiereldn #lumierelondon2018

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Glowing walkers at the Lumiere London Festival

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