Chinese New Year has been and gone and we are now officially cock-a-doodle-doing for the year of the rooster. To celebrate London had a bunch of events on from parades, dumplings workshops and street fairs. If you know me at all, you’ll know I’m a moth. I’m a moth in the sense that I love lights. I am drawn to anything bright and shiny and glowing. One of the events was a lantern festival (I think in its second year), so of course I had to check it out!
The Magical Lantern Festival was in Chiswick around a twenty minute tube ride from central. Throughout the park they’d set up different giant sculptures/lanterns that you walk past by following a pre-designed path. The theme this year was ‘explore the silk road’, so many of the pieces were influenced by the route of trade and culture from Europe to China. A personal highlight for me was walking alongside a pond and seeing the lights reflect in the water (I’m an addict I know). Some of the best pieces for me were these epic camels below, a giant ramen bowl with noodles and the lantern walkway that felt truly magical. As well as the trail, there was a skating rink, food vendors, marshmallow roasting and drinks drinks drinks. If you’re around next year I would recommend checking it out, especially as getting out in the cold weather can be daunting but this will definitely brighten you up!