Lantern Company with Jo Pocock: Nightlife

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Watch as leading UK artist Jo Pocock and the Lantern Company turn Leicester Square Gardens into an illuminated world, bringing a sense of the wild into the heart of the city.

The luminous secret garden plays with the relationship between wild spaces and urban city life, as this busy area is transformed into a space for quiet reflection and a gathering place to celebrate the beautiful and wild.

The Lantern Company has a wealth of experience in producing and directing arts festivals, one-off site-specific events, carnival parades and visual theatre. It also undertakes sculptural commissions and creates processional kinetic floats, costumes and large-scale puppets.

At the heart of the company lies the desire to nurture and promote artistic excellence alongside a commitment to developing sustainable projects, which build skills and raise aspirations in community members, increasing confidence, celebrating creativity and promoting social cohesion amongst participants and audiences alike. Lantern Company events aim to be accessible to those who may not normally access visual or performing arts.

Lanterns from this work will transfer to the Thornton Heath light festival, supported by London Borough of Croydon.

Make sure you don't miss the Lantern Company's other Lumiere London installation, Flamingo Flyway, in Chinatown.

What's nearby?

Explore Leicester Square, home to film premieres, cinemas and casinos. The kids will love delving into the toys at LEGO store and discovering chocolatey goodies at M&Ms World, before finding other installations in London's West End. Warm up with spicy Mexican and Peruvian dishes and a free cocktail at Leicester Square Kitchen (call: +44 (0)20 7666 0902, or email: and quote “Lumiere Festival” to redeem), or venture into nearby Chinatown London for Asian delicacies. While you’re in the area, check out the TKTS booth for cut-price theatre tickets.

The programme may be subject to change or cancellation due to circumstances beyond the event organiser's control.

Lumiere London is a free-to-view festival.

Opening times:

Available to view from 5.30pm to 10.30pm.


Leicester Square

Leicester Square
Public transport:
Tube: Leicester Square, Piccadilly Circus