There are many reasons that I enjoy scrolling Instagram, I do love looking at photos and I always have done but also for the fact I discover places that I really want to go to. Through Museum Mums feed I saw the Winter Lights at Canary Wharf and found out that the event was completely free and is on each evening from 4-10pm but only until January 25th.
I asked the kids if any of them fancied going with me on Sunday afternoon and both girls said that it looked great but they were both pretty tired. I was all set to go alone and then my brother offered to meet me - Fin decided to join us at the last minute so we hopped on a train and got the Jubilee Line to Canary Wharf.
When we arrived it was still light but the sun was beginning to set. We were given a map showing where each of the 25 light installations were and we just strolled our way around. It was a welcome change to my usual Sunday afternoon indoors and lifted those January winter blues.
We didn't look at every installation but managed to see most of them. Here are a selection of pictures, as I mentioned it is on every evening but closes this Saturday, January 25th, 2020.
THE CLEW BY OTTOTTO, CUBITT STEPS
LIQUID SOUND BY ENTERTAINMENT EFFECTS, CABOT SQUARE
SHISH-KA-BUOY BY ANGUS MUIR DESIGN, WESTFERRY CIRCUS
MOUNTAIN OF LIGHT BY ANGUS MUIR DESIGN, WREN LANDING
DITTO BY ITHACA STUDIO, WREN LANDING
LIGHTBENCH BY LBO LICHTBANK, CANADA SQUARE PARK
NEON TREE BY HAWTHORN, CANADA SQUARE PARK
AFFINITY BY AMIGO & AMIGO AND S1T2, MONTGOMERY SQUARE
POOLS OF LIGHT, JUBILEE PARK
SASHA TREES BY ADAM DECOLIGHT, TEN BANK STREET PARK
Do you know what? I felt like we could have been somewhere like New York or Tokyo. We arrived there at 4.30pm and we were home by 7.30pm. I paid £2.60 for a child travelcard and around £8 for an adult travelcard - using my Friends and Family discount railcard.
It has made me realise how easy it is for me to just go out of an evening. We were out for around 4 hours in total and I feel refreshed for it.
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