London deals with the long, gloomy nights in January by lighting up the sky. As usual, the commercial towers of Canary Wharf are getting some of the season’s most impressive illuminations—the hugely popular Canary Wharf Winter Lights. Looking for more bright lights this winter? Be sure to check our top picks for the city’s best.
What to see and do
As well as lights to be admired from afar, this year promises several hands-on interactive exhibits. If you’ve been before, you can expect to see some returning favourites amongst over 20 seperate exhibitions. Check out the website from mid-November for the final line-up; rumour has it that there wil be a boulder made from discarded circuit boards and two giant mammoths, which you don’t see every day.
Update: The first installations announced are ‘Permafrost – Sleeping Giants by Fisheye’, which will bring brightly-coloured, giant mammoths to life and ‘Tom Lambert’s Out of the Dark’, a hypnotic kaleidoscopic installation of moving colour.
No tickets are required, and the event is totally free. Just rock up and make the most of this year’s extended opening hours. Organisers may cancel events, alter schedules, or change admission requirements without notice. Always check official sites before heading to an event.
- 11 m from Canary Wharf (DLR) Docklands Light Rail
- 205 m from Heron Quays Docklands Light Rail
- 207 m from West India Quay Docklands Light Rail