Lumiere London: Three-day itinerary
See the lights, celeb spot and step into the homes of famous people with our three-day Lumiere London guide.
Breakfast: Fuel up in Westminster
Morning: Follow in famous footsteps
Explore 700-year-old Gothic church Westminster Abbey nearby, where Prince William and Kate Middleton tied the knot, and where past kings and queens are buried.
Lunch: Savour British classics on the South Bank
Walk across Westminster Bridge to the buzzy South Bank of the river Thames, where you’ll pass by the Coca-Cola London Eye and the SEA LIFE London aquarium. Warm up with a freshly baked pie with mash and gravy at Canteen at the Royal Festival Hall, which serves up British food in retro surrounds. Top it all off with a traditional pudding, such as treacle tart or steamed lemon curd sponge.
Afternoon: See a movie or go to the theatre
Watch an afternoon screening of a classic or contemporary movie at BFI Southbank. Alternatively, see a matinee show with a special Lumiere offer of 2-for-1 tickets to A Christmas Carol (Saturday afternoons only) at The Old Vic; or be part of the jury at immersive show Witness for the Prosecution at London County Hall (matinees on 18, 20 and 21 January only), which is offering a free programme with the purchase of band A, B or C tickets (quote: LUMIERE at the box office at County Hall or call 0844 8157 141).
Evening: Marvel at the Lumiere London installations
Be dazzled by the Lumiere London installations along the South Bank and Waterloo, and at Westminster Abbey (which is open until 9pm on Thursday 18 and Friday 19 January - last admission 8pm), then enjoy a late dinner with riverside views at modern British eateries Skylon and OXO Tower Restaurant, both of which are also offering special deals during Lumiere London. End the day with drinks at Locale, which has a tempting range of dessert cocktails, from a tiramisu creation to a cherry bakewell tipple. Alternatively, soak up some Latin vibes and exotic cocktails (think caipirinhas and Cuba libres) at Las Iguanas, which has a 2-for-1 offer on cocktails during Lumiere London.
Breakfast: Start the day at Granary Square
Enjoy a delicious breakfast (or brunch on Saturdays and Sundays) at the laid-back Caravan in Granary Square, King's Cross. This warehouse-style restaurant has a varied menu with top picks including coconut bread with lemon curd cream cheese, or aubergine puree with poached eggs on sourdough. Spiritland is another great spot to start your day right. Tempting menu options include toasted banana bread with nut and maple butter, violet granola or old-fashioned egg and soldiers.
Morning: Learn about wizardry at the British Library
Delve into the origins of J.K.Rowling’s wizarding world with Harry Potter: A History of Magic at the British Library. If you want more Harry Potter magic, head to Platform 9 3/4 at nearby King's Cross Station.
Lunch: Enjoy food on the go at KERB
Make a beeline back to Granary Square to treat your tastebuds to a street food feast at KERB King’s Cross (open 12-2pm, Wednesday to Friday), where traders cook up everything from Indonesian noodle soup, to fish fingers triple dipped in a ginger beer batter. If you're here at the weekend, there are plenty of wallet-friendly options to pick from, including lovingly crafted sandwiches and cakes at Benugo.
Afternoon: See the weird and the wonderful at the Wellcome Collection
Walk for 20 minutes to the Wellcome Collection to enjoy its free exhibition Ayurvedic Man: Encounters with Indian medicine, featuring ancient manuscripts, erotic manuals and animal-shaped surgical tools.
While you’re there, take a look around the Wellcome Collection’s weird and wonderful permanent collection, with exhibits including a shrunken human head and Darwin’s walking stick. If you need to refuel, the museum also has a charming café which is offering 15% off afternoon tea during Lumiere London.
Evening: Visit King’s Cross' Lumiere London installations
Explore the King’s Cross Lumiere London installations at nightfall, before enjoying a late dinner at one of the area’s many restaurants, such as the Rotunda Bar and Restaurant, Drake & Morgan, and Spiritland, which are offering special Lumiere London dining deals. Enjoy a nightcap at The Booking Office bar. With a grand setting in the historic ticket office of St Pancras Station, the bar is a stylish choice, and serves up Victorian-era cocktails and seasonal drinks.
Breakfast: Celeb spot along Piccadilly
Eat breakfast like a champion at celebrity haunt The Wolseley on London’s famous Piccadilly, where specialities include smoked haddock kedgeree, and fried haggis and duck eggs with a whisky sauce.
Morning: Find world-class art at the Royal Academy of Arts
Explore the From Life exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts. The show examines life drawing with a room devoted to Jeremy Deller’s Iggy Pop Life Class, as well as works by popular artists, including Anthony Gormley and Jonathan Yeo.
Duck into luxury department store Fortnum & Mason to stock up on fine foods, teas and wine, then marvel at the new state-of-the-art screen at Piccadilly Circus, the largest single display in Europe, measuring 780sqm (8,400sqft).
Lunch: Take your pick from Kingly Court's eateries
Enjoy a spot of shopping along Regent Street during the January sales, before heading towards Carnaby’s three-storey, al-fresco dining hotspot Kingly Court for lunch. Choose from more than 20 restaurants and cafes, including experimental Peruvian Señor Ceviche and the NYC-inspired Dirty Bones.
Afternoon: Visit the home of a London superstar
Snoop around the homes of two of the greatest musicians of all time at Handel and Hendrix in London, where musician Jimi Hendrix and composer George Frideric Handel once lived, albeit at different times!
Alternatively, gen up on the glittering London life of the Duke of Wellington at his magnificent home Aplsey House, which is decked out with art treasures and stunning interiors.
Evening: See the Lumiere London installations
Visit London's West End and Mayfair installations at nightfall before enjoying a late dinner in Chinatown, where you’ll find almost 80 restaurants serving up everything from sushi to Szechuan, satay to stir fry. Most are budget-friendly, but if you fancy a high-end dinner, stylish Plum Valley Fine Dining and Taiwanese eatery XU, with its wood paneling, ceiling fans and leather chairs, are good options.
Navigate your way around by downloading the Visit London app – once you have it, plan your own itinerary. Buy a Lumiere London map to easily find all of the installations. Or purchase a souvenir guide to find out more about the festival. Make sure to also keep up-to-date with the latest transport services during the festival with Transport for London.