Winter Lights at Canary Wharf

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 (© Janus van den Eijnden)
© Janus van den Eijnden

Aether And Hemera: On the Wings of Freedom

 (© Lotte Stekelenburg)
© Lotte Stekelenburg

Daan Roosegaarde: Liquid Space 

 (© Jen Lewin Studio)
© Jen Lewin Studio

The Pool as featured at the CU Art Museum at the 2013 Solo Exhibition of artist Jen Lewin "Its Electric"

 (© Julius Popp)
© Julius Popp

The bright lights of Canary Wharf's towers already provide quite the spectacle after dark, but the area will glow even more than usual throughout January thanks to the addition of a variety of installations from international artists. Winter Lights returns in 2016 with 17 dazzling sculptures, structures and experiences that include a flutter of 94 LED butterflies, an 18 foot high inflatable alien and a neon piece created as an act of solidarity with Syrian refugees. Many of the pieces are interactive and can be controlled using mobile devices or the body of the viewer. Visit the Winter Lights website for more information and to see the full programme.

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Canary wharf has changed a bit and there has been more influx of new and interesting restaurants opening up. The Winter Lights festival appears to be an annual event and with the installations scattered around Canary Wharf area, it can be a good way to discover and make your way round this maze of concrete mass buildings frequently populated by busy professionals in this finance district. They range in wow factor, it can be a little confusing to find out exactly where they all are located despite downloading a map from their website. Perhaps it might be better if directions were highlighted or displayed better maybe? Nevertheless, it’s free and worth a look especially if you happen to be in the area. The interactive element is especially clever. Also great to get some interesting photos.



A real disappointment from last year, the installations weren't as magnificent. It's great for a free festival, but if you don't know the area, it can be hard to find all the lights. It wasn't too crowded and the rain did not deter people. I hope next years is better. The most impressive is the water and light waterfall combo. Very impressive. I definitely recommend this free festival.

Christina L

I can't believe the other reviews! This event was 100x more successful for me than the much hyped overcrowded and underwhelming lumiere festival. Winter Lights is a beautiful, engaging show of internationally known artists, properly curated and an absolute delight to visit. Not only is it visually stunning, the stream illuminated words created from droplets of water, 1000s of delicate copper wire filaments transmitting light, icicle-like structures rising up from water... but it was really interactive too. We changed the colour patterns of installations via our phones, waved our arms around to create sounds and visual effects, and leapt about on a playground of light-up circular landing pads that responded to our movements and encouraged us to chase the light. Canary Wharf is an intimidating space, but through this festival I've never felt more welcome there.

Seriously why write a bad review if you saw it in daylight, or didn't find the installations?


The info is so wrong. You guys should really have taken it off. It says that it's good until 25 Jan, so I went there with my friend today but didn't see lights on Middle Dock. Therefore, I thought that we might went to a wrong place. I followed the address that you guys provide here, which is Isle Of Dogs, London, E14 4HJ. That is so wrong. It's not even in Canary Wharf. My friend and I took DRL Island Gardens. It was nothing there. It was just a building. Therefore, we went back to Canary Wharf again to find out unusual wind-powered illuminations, but there were not there anymore. Please be careful of that.


Perhaps they look good at night when viewed from a certain angle, but at other times, although it sounds like a great idea in principle, they seem to lack that finishing touch that would have made them aesthetically pleasing to the eye. When you look down at them in daylight and see bare metal poles that haven't been cut to size and just joined together with bolts, they look more like a bit of scaffolding that's fallen off a disused building site.


Is amazing view that keeps you in awesome feeling .... that matches the style of canary wharf _ worlds one of the best place to be ..