Lumiere London

Over these few days London has had the  festival of light going on to brighten up those dark January evenings. Lumiere Festival is running during 14th-17th January 2016, 6.30-10.30pm. It is a free “exhibition” of light installations in public places. There are 30 artworks on display across the town center with main display areas around King´s Cross and West End – Mayfair, Piccadilly, Regent Street and Oxford Circus, Leicester Square and Trafalgar Square.
Lumiere festival was created by Artichoke in Durham town in 2009, and has been recommissioned by Durham County Council every two years since then. This is the first time the light festival comes to London.

I´d like to point out some of the most spectacular installations at King´s Cross:

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And the West End of London:

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My personal opinion, after visiting the festival, is that it looks much better on the professionally taken pictures than in the real life. But if you don´t mind the crowds and the fact that this is the coldest weekend of this Winter in London so far, it´s worth checking it out.

Images originate from Lumiere London press pack.

Shri Swaminarayan Mandir – travelling without moving(much)

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Pristine white marble Hindu temple with exquisite sculptural carvings of deities and ornamental designs. Feels like real beauty of Indian cultural heritage! Except it is not in India, but in London! With Wembley Stadium peeking from behind the building.

An hour of tube ride(well, that depends on where you start from) to the West on Jubilee line, 15 minute walk from Neasden station and you are suddenly elsewhere! The terrace houses recede and give space to a large and amazingly beautiful Hindu temple.
A “secret” part of London you knew nothing about?

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Shri Swaminarayan Mandir is the largest Hindu temple outside of India. Hand carved by skillful artisans according to ancient temple building and decoration traditions in India, all of the marble pieces were shipped over to London and assembled according to old Vedic architectural texts(using no structural steel) like huge Lego blocks, back in 1995.

The temple consists of the Mandir(the main temple) and the Haveli(the “mansion”).
The entrance is in the Haveli part of the building- an intricately carved wooden hall and cultural centre.

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The interior of the temple leaves you gasping for air with its beauty. Bright white marble and limestone sculptures with several colourful altars in between.

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There is an authentic Indian restaurant across the car park. We had Malai Kofta and Paneer Sizzler with some amazing sweet mango lassi and naan breads.

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This corner of London truly leaves you with an experience of a day trip to India, with less hassle tho.
The temple is open daily 9am to 6pm, with all respectful visitors welcome.

Most images from the website