Friday night saw me wandering around London’s Southbank looking at pretty lights with three girlfriends.  Not just any old lights but a light festival, no less.  Lumiere London has more than fifty artworks shining out in the dark across central London, best of all it is free.  We started the evening in the members bar of the Royal Festival Hall with a bird’s eye view of the London Eye all lit up in red especially for the occasion (but fiendishly hard to take a photograph of).  Suitably fortified we set off down the river toward the Oxo Tower and this work called Bough 1 by Simon Corder.

Simon Corder Oxo Tower

Next door in Bernie Spain Gardens the trees were festooned with chandeliers made from used plastic bottles made by various community groups.Luminous London Lumiere

Turns out that we weren’t the only ones taking advantage of the free festival as the Southbank was packed and the restaurants were crowded.  We managed to find a table at The Green Room that is next door to the Ballet Rambert which had the appropriately titled Light on their Feet projected onto its wall.

Ballet Rambert

Lumiere London is on from January 18 – 21 what a nice way to brighten up a dark month.  Did you get the chance to see any of the light installations this week?
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  1. January 21, 2018 / 1:05 am

    How wonderful, this should be a national initiative for January.

    • Catherine
      January 21, 2018 / 1:11 am

      I’d like to see Coombe Mill all lit up!

  2. January 21, 2018 / 5:20 am

    so very pretty and a great inititive #mysundayphoto

  3. January 21, 2018 / 6:50 am

    Hi Catherine, what a wonderful way to make the most of a dark and miserable month. The plastic bottle chandeliers are a fun idea and I Iove the huge foot, I just hope it wasn’t a smelly one.


    • Catherine
      January 21, 2018 / 8:33 am

      I’m sure that ballet dancers feet are always fragrant!

  4. January 21, 2018 / 7:35 am

    I’ve heard a lot about Lemiere. I will have to bolt up to London one night and see if I can take some pics myself. Your images have certainly inspired me. Hope you had fun exploring the lights.

    • Catherine
      January 21, 2018 / 8:34 am

      It was my first time and will certainly go again!

    • Catherine
      January 21, 2018 / 10:22 am

      Next year!

  5. January 21, 2018 / 9:52 am

    What fun! I like the mix of lights too. #MySundayPhoto

  6. January 21, 2018 / 12:02 pm

    What a lovely thing to do. I love lights. Living in a seaside resort means we have coloured lights along the prom every night. So pretty.

    • Catherine
      January 21, 2018 / 12:17 pm

      You are so lucky to live in such a beautiful place xx

  7. January 21, 2018 / 12:22 pm

    What a brilliant idea. I’m sure I saw an insta story on this and it looked so good. We should definitely have more of this in January!

  8. January 21, 2018 / 12:52 pm

    Bring on more lights! Lovely

  9. January 21, 2018 / 12:56 pm

    How wonderful. Love these fantastic initiatives, especially the community getting involved and do brought and colourful too!

    • Catherine
      January 21, 2018 / 12:57 pm

      There were so many happy people walking around looking at the lights

  10. January 21, 2018 / 3:56 pm

    I’ve seen some great photos of this event this week, wish we lived closer to make this viable #MySundayPhoto

  11. January 25, 2018 / 7:51 pm

    Love the foot projection. I’ve seen a few photos of this event – it looked like it was amazing. Wish I’d had the chance to go into town and see it 🙂

  12. January 26, 2018 / 11:14 pm

    I was in London on Saturday but had to leave by 5pm so missed out on seeing the illuminations. Looks great so I hope they decide to do it again. #farawayfiles

  13. January 27, 2018 / 12:25 am

    This is such a great festival isn’t it. We didn’t make it this year but loved it last year #FarawayFiles

  14. Clare Thomson
    January 27, 2018 / 1:05 pm

    We’d love to see the Lumiere festival one day. We were up in London the day it was on but had to get back before it got dark so missed it all. Thanks for sharing on #FarawayFiles

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