One thing I learnt about 2020 was that walking became my real luxury. The reward was glorious sunrises accompanied by birdsong to start my day. And then sunsets that left me desperately wanting more; birds dipping and diving in a burning red and orange sky.
In this month’s Super Seven, I have found beautiful outdoor lights to keep you going through January and London’s Tier 4 status. It may be dark, it may be cold, but morning walks keep me motivated. Follow me on my IG morning stories for a little London park life, and a little motivation for yourselves.
In line with Government changes please do what you can safely and at a distance.
Connected by Light Canary Wharf until 27 February 2021: This beautiful light festival has returned to Canary Wharf. Most installations turn on at dusk to fully enjoy and appreciate them all. This is the first year I feel too far away to visit, but if you get the chance to go, I would highly recommend it.
Southbank Winter Light Trail until 28 February 2021: Take a walk at dusk and enjoy the illuminated artwork until 11pm daily. There is a map you can download to find the lights around the National Theatre and Hayward’s Gallery.
12 Days of Culture until 5 January 2021. Don’t delay take advantage of the incredible partnership with theatres across London and the UK. All performances are on YouTube. Time Out London have a good breakdown of what performances are left to watch. The performances are free, but in light of the theatre closures, donations are encouraged at each performance. Highlights for me include Letter’s Live from Freemason’s Hall.
Circa Art in Piccadilly Circus 2021: Patti Smith kicked off January’s month long residency with artist Anne Imhof online with a 10 minute film. Sadly it wasn’t streamed live due to Covid/Tier4 restrictions. However, with such an iconic talent it will be worth watching online, and if you can walk down there for the daily screenings at 20.21. Keep an eye on their website for any changes to the schedule.
Dodge at Somerset House : Tickets have been put on pause until 5 January 2021, but THIS has to hit your radar. All set up with socially distancing in mind, the VR experience with light and music will be just what we need when we can go out again.
BBC Maestro : It feels like this could be the year to learn a new skill. Take a look at the BBC Maestro. If you buy one course, there is a special offer and you get one free to share until 4 January 2021. A bit like MasterClass, (which we have loved this year) this has creative British talent at the top of their field sharing their secrets from writing, to fashion design, entrepreneurship and acting. Courses cost £80.
National Theatre At Home subscription : I have waxed lyrical about how brilliant these performances have been during 2020. The National Theatre is now offering a subscriptions. Watch behind the scene interviews, and unlimited performances. You could end up watching more theatre than ever before, including Michael Morpugo’s mesmerising War Horse. Cost is £9.99 per month or £99 PA (you get 12 months for the price of 10).
Kew Gardens has re-opened. This has been the year to fully appreciate nature and the outdoors. You still need a timed entry ticket, but there is nothing like a walk around the majestic trees and greenhouses to clear away the cobwebs.
Random Acts of Kindness | It is the little things that have got us through 2020. Earlier in the year, The Covent Gardener was sending out bespoke postcards to people who needed a little cheering up. This January Jeannine will pop one in the post to someone you love when you mention LLW. They are beautiful postcards drawn by the artist Adam Dant. If you take a subscription out, or buy the magazine you can see his map evolve quarterly. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for your personal postcard.
Gaia will return to Old Naval College.. Yes, the beautiful installation by Luke Jerram will return when museums are able to re-open.