Sad that Lumiere London is done and dusted for another year? Fear not, there’s a lesser-known light festival taking place a little further east of London – the Winter Lights in Canary Wharf.
Just as dazzling, the Winter Lights in Canary Wharf is an annual light festival showcasing sculptures, structures and installations from innovative artists and designers from around the world. it’s quite a spectacle – the bright installations presenting light in different forms using different light technology. Some installations are interactive and some can simply be admired from afar.
With more than 30 installations to see all around Canary Wharf so, there’s plenty to see. So, here are my top 5 favourite installations:
Dazzling Dodecahedron at Wren Landing
Sonic Light Bubble at Jubilee Plaza
Abstract Collectif in Montgomery Square
On Your Wavelength at level -3 Crossrail Place
Halo at Cabot Square
Lumiere London may be bigger, but the Winter Lights is just as exciting to see. I would go as far to say that I actually prefer the Winter Lights. The installations are just as mesmerising, there will be fewer people (much, much less!), and the installations are all within walking distance to each other. In fact, you can see all 30+ installations in one night like I did.
Some installations are indoors which mean you won’t be freezing all night too.
What I also noticed at this year’s Lumiere London festival is thatsome of the installations there were first showcased in Canary Wharf in previous years! You never know, some of the installations you see in Canary Wharf this January may actually appear in the next edition of Lumiere London.
You can plan your visit by downloading and reading about the Winter Lights on the Canary Wharf website. And unlike Lumiere London, the Winter Lights is lighting up Canary Wharf around for 2 weeks (until 27 January in fact), so take your time and enjoy the lights whenever time suits you.
Have you seen the Winter Lights in Canary Wharf? Which was your favourite installation?
Or are you planning on going to see the Winter Lights (you should!)? Which installation are you most excited to see?
To see more of my images from the Winter Lights, check out Winter Lights in Canary Wharf – In Pictures.Winter Lights 2018 in Canary Wharf – in pictures.