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Five of the most colourful places in London

Chroma Yoga

Need a dose of vivid colours to get you through the drab winter months? Check out the vibrant events and shows below

Chroma Yoga

 

Get stretchy at a Chroma Yoga class and you’ll find yourself drenched in colour, not sweat. The goal is to combat the amount of blue light we encounter in our daily routines (through contact with smartphone screens and laptops), which means whacking a whole load of other shades into the mix. It’s all based on research into how our bodies are affected by specific light frequencies. Pick classes according to hue: a session in red will be dynamic, focused on flexibility and core, while morning classes end with a flash of healthy blue light to set you up for the day. 45 Charlotte Rd. Old St. From £11 pay as you go.

Zandra Rhodes and Andrew Logan's Christmas Shopping Evening

 

 

 

 

Fashion legend Zandra Rhodes and flamboyant sculptor Andrew Logan have been great mates since the ’70s and are possibly the most colour-loving duo in London. Over two days they are throwing open the doors of Rhodes’s rainbow penthouse in Bermondsey – which sits above the Fashion and Textile Museum she founded – offering shoppers the opportunity to pick up gifts and snoop around inside the multicoloured abode. Prices range from 50p to a cool grand for clothing designed by Rhodes and small sculptures made by Logan. Be prepared to depart with a severe case of house envy. Christmas Shopping Evening at the Rainbow Penthouse. London Bridge. Wed Dec 6-Thu Dec 7. Free entry.

House of Vans: Chroma

 

Forget dark and dingy, the tunnels beneath Waterloo are popping with punchy colours and optical illusions right now. Studio PSK is behind the hues that hurtle from red to green to blue in time to a musical score, resulting in an analogue stop-frame animation effect throughout the space. And there’s an adult ballpit where you’re free to make prismatic ‘ball angels’. Arches 228-232 Station Approach Rd. Waterloo. Until Dec 17. Free.

Olafur Eliasson: ‘Room for One Colour’

 

As the name suggests, you won’t find much in the way of rosy tints or slicks of gaudy paint in the National Gallery’s ‘Monochrome: Painting in Black and White’ exhibition. The artworks on show utilise grey, black and white in their palettes, except for Olafur Eliasson’s 1997 work ‘Room for One Colour’, which slips yellow into the equation. Monochromatic strip lights cast the room in a citrusy hue. It’s like being smothered in the sun’s rays, but you won’t leave with skin peel. National Gallery. Charing Cross. £14-£16. Until Feb 18.

God’s Own Junkyard

 

Enter a neon grotto with a Soho sex club aesthetic at God’s Own Junkyard, warehouse of the late signmaker Chris Bracey. It’s a bright, buzzing cave of glowing colour with ‘Girls Girls Girls’ signs and garish religious icons that will make your eyes ache. Though the café is surprisingly wholesome – it is in Walthamstow, after all. Unit 12 Ravenswood Industrial Estate, Shernhall St. m Walthamstow Central. Fri-Sun. Free.

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