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5 beautiful light events that make London sparkle in miserable weather


London comes with its fair share of miserable weather, with #rain and #torrential perpetually trending on social media. In order to make bitter days slightly bearable, here are five events with gorgeous, intricate light installations that are bound to brighten up your day. Best part? None of them cost a penny!

Broadgate Winter Forest:

Each winter, the Exchange Square at Broadgate/Liverpool Street is transformed into a gorgeous Nordic-inspired forest. Decorated with fairy lights and sparkly Christmas trees, this popup venue has gorgeous neon installations, light traces, mazes and some truly magical art exhibits.

November-January

Magical Lantern Festival:

The stunning landscaped grounds of Chiswick House & Gardens welcome this festival every year, where it is transformed into a spectacular fusion of dual culture, vibrant colors, and artistic sculptures. The festival does not only wow visitors with its beautiful hand-sculpted lanterns - the entertainment area also adds another dimension to this wonderful night out.

November-January

Lumiere:

Lumiere is the UK's largest light festival, lighting up London's most famous landmarks with more than fifty interactive art installations from artists all over the world. Every year, Lumiere is bigger, brighter, bolder - transforming the city into a dazzling nocturnal art exhibition.

January-February

Winter Lights Festival:

Every year, Canary Wharf is lit with sculptures, structures and installations created by some of the most innovative artists and designers around today, presenting work in different forms of light technology. Artists from across the globe showcase installations that are interactive, performance art or visual spectacles.

January-February

Garden of Light:

Garden of light marks the start of Marie Curie’s Great Daffodil Appeal - a fundraising campaign acknowledging terminally ill patients across the UK and features 4,000 handmade daffodils. It’s an immersive installation with a stained-glass structure and pathways weaving in and out, along with audio stories from beneficiaries of Marie Curie care, and a memory wall where visitors can post messages. Not only is it for a good cause, but the lovely daffodils are bound to make everyone smile.

February-March

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