There's absolutely no excuse to wallow in your January blues this weekend because London officially becomes the city of lights. With a host of bright and beautiful installations all over the city at Lumiere and Winter Lights, whatever you do don't forget to bring your sunglasses. But while there may be oodles of excitiement happening after dark, there's plenty to do during the day time too with culinary delights and a Hollywood thriller thrown in for good measure. Make the most of your precious days off with our guide to the unmissable in London.>>>
Bringing some much needed fluorescent tinted cheer to the dark evenings of this depressing month is Lumiere, the festival of lights which is back this weekend. Over 50 stunning neon installations are popping up in six areas across the capital including: King's Cross, West End, Mayfair, South Bank & Waterloo, so why not plan a full tour of the city and experience them all? Highlights (pun fully intended) include Be Faithful to Your Dreams by Tracey Emin, an installation which uses Emin’s own handwritten text and follows the curves of pen marks on paper, blowing and bending it into neon tubing, and Supercube by Stéphane Masson, which transforms 450 ordinary Kilner jars into a magical multi-screen cube full of surprises. A miniature giraffe, a pink elephant or a miniature version of yourself are just some of the many small moving images that can be found when you peer inside.
Catch Lumiere from 18-21 January, 5.30pm - 10.30pm
Forgive us for we have sinned! Whether you're observing dry January like a saint or are firmly in the devillish camp and looking for an indulgent treat to cheer you up, Cubitt House have got you covered as it's this very concept which provides the inspiration to their 'Saints & Sinners' offering across all of their venues this January. The venue's collection of fine public houses and hotels across the city include The Grazing Goat in Marylebone, The Alfred Tennyson in Knightsbridge, The Thomas Cubitt in Belgravia, The Orange in Pimlico and it's newest venue which opened in December, The Coach Makers Arms in Marylebone. Whether you're feeling angelic or in the mood for indulgence, take your pick from the ‘saintly’ option of a delectable duck salad and fresh juice, or the ‘sinner’s’ deep filled pie with a draft beer or glass of wine. Simply heavenly.
Alexandra Palace hosts a roaringly good exhibition that's sure to get your engines running this weekend: The London Model Exhitibition. Visitors can swoon over a full spectrum of modelling from traditional model engineering, steam locomotives and traction engines, through to modern gadgets and toys including boats, aeroplanes and helicopters, alongside fascinating technical demonstrations from more than 50 clubs and societies displaying their members work. Whether you're already a model motor fan aficianado or just want to rekindle your childhood memories, leading suppliers will be showcasing new products and special promotions to give you an excellent opportunity to fuel your imagination.
From 19th - Sunday 21st January 2018
Steven Speilberg's latest cinematic offering, The Post, transports the audience to seventies America, charting the true life story of an infamous journalistic cover-up that spanned four U.S. Presidents, and pushed the country's first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor to join a savage battle between the press and the government. Starring Hollywood heavyweights Meryl Streep as the first female publisher of a major American newspaper, The Washington Post's Katharine Graham, and Tom Hanks as editor Ben Bradlee, an unlikely partnership between the pair develops as they race to catch up with The New York Times to expose a massive cover-up of government secrets that spanned three decades and four U.S. Presidents. With themes that mirror some of today's societal talking points including Trump's statement of the press reporting 'fake news' and the rise of female empowerment, The Post is not to be missed.
In cinemas nationwide now
The skyline that makes up Canary Wharf is a captivating sight every day of the year, but the Winter Lights festival is bringing something extra special to the financial district this weekend and it's guaranteed to brighten your January blues. Presenting an array of sculptures, structures and installations by some of the most innovative artists and designers around today, in different forms of light technology, artists from across the globe will showcase installations that are interactive, performance art or visual spectacles to be admired from afar. Best witnessed after 5pm, all the installations and light affects come alive during the evening until 10pm so head there at dusk to experience a wealth of inventive and spectacular light effects and sculptures that will illuminate any art lovers weekend.
Winter Lights is running from 16 - 27 January