London’s Brightest Destination To Visit
London’s Brightest Destination To Visit

London’s Brightest Destination To Visit

Battersea Power Station has kicked off the year with a ‘glow up’. Returning to the riverside destination for its third year, the Light Festival is one of the best free activities to do in London right now, brightening up dark evenings with its largest collection of installations to date. From what to expect to the best bars, restaurants and shops to visit during your trip, here’s why Battersea Power Station is the place to visit this season and beyond.

Created in partnership with Battersea Power Station


Running until the 5th March, the Light Festival at Battersea Power Station is made up of eight light installations on display both outdoors and inside the iconic Grade II*-listed landmark, plus Electric Boulevard, a new pedestrianised high street. The result of a partnership with Light Art Collection, the outdoor installations are switched on from 8am until 11pm daily, with the installations inside the Power Station switching off at 10pm.

Visitors can discover light installations from global artists such as Atelier Haute Cuisine, with a giant illuminated bath plug to encourage people to consider the importance of clean water, society’s consumption and reducing how much water is ‘going down the drain’. UK-based Studio Vertigo uses a retro Slinky toy to show the city in a playful new way; and Eternal Sundown by Mads Vegas uses 140 LED tubes to create a post-apocalyptic sunset along The Coaling Jetty, with the Power Station as its backdrop. Best of all, the majority of installations use energy-saving LED lights to keep energy use as low as possible.

Find out more and download your Light Festival map here.

TOZI Grand Cafe at art’otel London Battersea Power Station
TOZI Grand Cafe at art’otel London Battersea Power Station

where to EAT & DRINK

As well as discovering the installations, visitors can enjoy some of the great food huts and trucks joining the festival this year. Look out for offerings from Roti King, Chipsy, Fondue Power, Cheese King, Simply Lebanese, Queen of the Crepes or grab a coffee from Over Under, Grind or The Feel Good Bakery for the best flat white around.

If you’d rather head to a restaurant, there are plenty to choose from. Whether you’re on a date, entertaining the children or going out with friends, top places to book include Where The Pancakes Are, Le BabNo.29 Power Station WestMegan’s at the Power StationWright BrothersGordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen & Bar and FiumeVagabond WinesBattersea BreweryBirdies and Control Room B are on hand if you fancy a drink or ‘Happy Hour’ cocktail.

See all restaurants & bars at Battersea Power Station here.

JOIA at art’otel London Battersea Power Station
JOIA at art’otel London Battersea Power Station

where to SHOP

The renewed Power Station is THE place to shop for your new-season wardrobe, beauty favourites and fitness gear. Some of the brands you can browse on your visit include:

See all retailers at Battersea Power Station here.

what to SEE & DO

Battersea Power Station has plenty of activities on offer for those looking to make an afternoon or evening out of visiting the Light Festival. First up, discover the incredible history of the Power Station at the Power of Place Exhibition; watch the latest blockbusters at The Cinema in the Power Station; get involved in a virtual reality game at DNA VR; or take on a round of crazy golf at Birdies. Most excitingly, Lift 109 is a unique glass elevator experience which transports visitors 109m to the top of the building’s north-west chimney, offering spectacular 360° views of the London skyline. If you’re yet to do this, it’s a must.

What’s more, there’s plenty to come in 2023. London’s hottest new hotel – art’otel – opens on Tuesday 21st February and will be home to Italian restaurant TOZI Grand Cafe, 15th-floor Portuguese restaurant JOIA and a spectacular rooftop pool. Plus, a new LEGO Store and Arcade Food Hall – one of our favourite places to dine in the capital – will be opening later in the year.


Control Room B
Control Room B

Need Even More Reasons To Go? Here Are The Exclusive Offers To Know…

  • Stop by the newly opened TOZI Grand Cafe for great Italian food. Quote ‘Light Festival’ to receive 20% off food Monday-Thursday until 5th March.
  • Head over to Control Room B to try the ‘Light Art Bulb’ cocktail, created especially for the Light Festival. The cocktail is a mix of Oxley Gin, limoncello, Cointreau, lime juice, basil, sugar syrup and prosecco and is available until 5th March.
  • Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen & Bar has launched a signature ‘Illumination’ cocktail made with gin, apricot and lemon.
  • Enjoy half-price cocktails at Birdies from 3pm to 7pm every day.
  • Sunset hour cocktails are available at Fiume, which is offering 20% off the Disaronno cocktail menu from 4pm to 6pm Monday-Friday, plus guests can enjoy two courses for £30 or three courses for £35 with a complimentary glass of prosecco or non-alcoholic Caleño.
  • Pancakes and £7 cocktails can be found at Where The Pancakes Are from 5pm-7pm every day.
  • Enjoy selected £5 cocktails when dining at Le Bab Sunday-Friday from noon to 6pm.
  • Celebrate happy hour Monday-Friday at Megan’s at the Power Station  with a selection of £5 cocktails from 4pm to 7pm.

Battersea Power Station, Nine Elms, SW11 8AL


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