Lumiere Durham: Two-Day Itinerary

Visit top attractions by day and see dazzling installations by night with our two-day Lumiere London guide.

Day one

Breakfast: Fuel up in King’s Cross

Start the day with a hearty breakfast in King’s Cross. Savour British classics such as a full English, or haggis with duck egg at Plum + Spilt Milk, tuck into Australian-style fare at Granger & Co, or warm up with a signature chai and bacon naan roll at Indian street food hotspot Dishoom.
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It’s now time to get your culture fix. Firstly, head to the House of Illustration(open from 10am) where you’ll find exhibitions on two of the UK’s top sketchers: Roald Dahl’s illustrator, Quentin Blake, and political cartoonist Gerald Scarfe.

Then, wander through Bloomsbury’s pretty streets and squares to the British Museum, which is a treasure trove of exhibits, including temporary shows covering everything from gods to printmaking.

Lunch: Dine at the British Museum

All that cultural immersion will have you feeling like a much-needed rest, so stay at the British Museum for lunch. Dine on seasonal British favourites under the glistening roof of the museum’s Great Court at The Great Court Restaurant, opt for light bites such as freshly made sandwiches at the Court Café, or choose from the many pizzas on offer at The Pizzeria.

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Revitalised, hotfoot it to London’s West End, one of the key areas for Lumiere London 2018. It’s a great time of the year to visit shopping hotspots Oxford StreetBond Street and Regent Street, as the January sales are in full swing. Browse the shops for bargains, with top department stores Selfridges & CoJohn Lewis and Liberty offering a range of fashion, homewares and food items.

You’ll see some of London’s most iconic lights along the way, including the big screen at Piccadilly Circus, made from more than 11 million bulbs! Other nearby sights include Buckingham PalaceTrafalgar Square and Chinatown London’s ornate gates.

If you’re still peckish, make use of a special Lumiere London offer to enjoy a free glass of champagne with afternoon tea at Fortnum & Mason, tuck into a traditional afternoon tea at Scoff & Banter Tea Rooms, Oxford Street, a Diptyque-inspired alternative at Hotel Café Royal London; or simply enjoy a warming drink and cake at coffee gurus, Coffee Island.