Lumiere London

It’s almost time to visit London’s biggest ever light festival – Lumiere. 

From King’s Cross to Mayfair, the famous (and free) festival will take over the capital for the first time, taking centre stage from 14th to 17th January.

Central London will be lit up each evening, with iconic buildings being transformed into mesmerising installations with floating fish, neon dogs, and 3D projected elephants.

Produced by Artichoke, Lumiere has previously dazzled Durham and Derry.

Read more about the unmissable festival here and tell us if you’ll be visiting.

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Friday Five: Things to do in London this Christmas

To kick off the first week of December, our Friday Five is dedicated to some of the best Christmas events in London:

1. Barbican Christmas Market
Today is the day: Barbican Christmas Market is open and raring to go. Visit the festivities for some culture and vintage shopping – with, of course, some mulled wine and mince pies.

2. Christmas in Belgravia
This weekend sees Christmas reach the streets of Belgravia. From the farmers market and boutique stalls to live entertainment and music, this event is not one to miss.

3. A Christmas Carol
Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol will be showcased at the Rose Theatre Kingston until 3rd January, breathing life into the familiar tale.

4. Skate at Somerset House
Why not skate under the stars this winter? Somerset House courtyard boasts an incredible 900 square metre outdoor ice skating rink, with added extras such as Fortnum’s Lodge and The Christmas Arcade.

5. Winter Wonderland
A modern Christmas staple, Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland is perfect for family and friends, and always gets everyone in the festive spirit.

Attending another great event this winter? Let us know, or take a look at our advent calendar for more inspiration.

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Christmas with The Think Tank

If you haven’t already seen, we’re bringing some festive cheer to The Think Tank with our new online Advent Calendar.

Each day throughout December, you can open a new window and discover a new post. We have a handful of festive news to share with you; from Christmassy and quirky experiences in London, to exploring some of the best seasonal adverts of 2015.

The Think Tank Advent Calendar can be located on The Think Tank website within our blog page.

You can also expect a new tweet each day linking you to a new post…so keep those eyes peeled.

Take a look here to find out what today’s window has to offer.


A rooftop infinity pool for Battersea Power Station

As part of Battersea Power Station’s revamp, the iconic development is gaining a rooftop infinity pool.

The infinity pool will be set within the roof garden of a 160-room hotel, providing guests with an up-close-and-personal view of the building’s historic chimneys.

Designed to breathe new life into the area, the hotel is part of Foster + Partners’ The Skyline scheme, a mixed-use block which will be home to shops and affordable housing.

Take a closer look at the stunning pool here and let us know what you think of it.

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An ‘accurate distance’ Tube map

The London Tube map is a design classic, keeping the same look and feel for over eighty years. But now, Transport for London (TfL) has done the unimaginable: it’s released a geographically accurate Tube map.

The current map doesn’t necessarily show the real distance between stations as it’s designed to show the line connections as clearly as possible.

However, thanks to a Freedom of Information request, you can now compare the classic version with a surprisingly elegant ‘spaghetti’ variant.

See the whole map here and tell us what you think of it.

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London Design Festival

London Design Festival returns tomorrow, with over 400 events celebrating the best of local and international design across the city.

Here are some of our preview highlights:

Festival Projects
Alex Chinneck’s stunning ‘A Bullet From A Shooting Star’ installation is bound to be a standout piece at the Festival.
Formed from a lattice of steel, the sculpture takes the shape of an upside down electricity pylon, subverting a common sight through a sheer feat of engineering.
More historic highlights include Somerset House and the V&A Museum, which will both be hosting work by renowned designers and brands.

Destinations and Districts
The Festival sees the return of some great established events, including 100% Design, Decorex International, and designjunction.

Partner Activity
The partner events are very diverse this year, taking in the collaborative Brixton Design Trail and the interactive Makers Playground.
Transport for London has teamed up with the East London Liquor Company on ‘Design Pick’, a pop-up restaurant and wooden Tube station installation which will showcase design collections inspired by TfL.

London Design Festival runs from the 19th to 27th September; find out more about it here and tell us if you’ll be visiting.

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Photos of London’s deserted Underground

Photographer Aaron Pegg has showcased the eerie beauty of a deserted London Underground.

Each photograph captures the architectural mystery of the transport system after hours, drawing attention to features that often go unnoticed during our busy commutes.

Creating over 500 bold images of tunnels, platforms, and more, Pegg visited up to forty stations, aiming to inspire viewers to approach life with a fresh perspective.

Take a closer look at some of his work here and tell us if you now see London Underground in a different light.

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