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London Night lights

At night, you close your eyes and think you finally have some moments of absolute calm blackness. Well, London never switches off.

While you sleep in your bed, all the glass skyscrapers by the Thames keep glowing like they glow every night. The London Eye looks silently into the dark sky and illuminated commercials at Piccadilly Circus keep sparkling, craving for the eyes of late night watchers.

There are many spectators as London by night tours are always popular. London nightlife is not only about noisy pubs and amazing parties; it is also an opportunity to take an amazing walk through the electric lights. 

Saying that the night is black and dark is not so true in London. Dark red ghosts of night buses are floating the streets that are flooded with electricity, from one district to another. The night here has numerous shades and some are brighter than a sunny day.

Central London at night reflects an electric day. The elegant buildings of Regent Street reflect lights so brightly that you forget the dark sky above.

The first lights on the iconic illuminated commercials at Piccadilly Circus appeared in 1910. Since then, their festive sparkling has never stopped. The lights have only been switched off on special occasions, such as the deaths of Winston Churchill in 1965 and Princess Diana in 1997. On 21 June 2007, they were switched off for one hour as part of the Lights Out London campaign.

Jewels of the night

All the jewels in the night city crown can easily be observed from a bridge as you cross the black waters of the Thames: the ghostly white St. Paul’s Cathedral; the London Eye; and the Houses of Parliament on one side of the river.

A charming mirage of skyscrapers glows on the other side. The unfinished needle of the Shard (which will reach 310 meters); the famous Swiss Re building built by Foster and Partners; and other shining glass castles of the financial district are always there, lighting up the skies with windows of empty offices.

When you come out of Liverpool Street Station at night, the lights greet you with all their shine. And only after turning round the corner do you finally see a bit of night; it is hiding there, in the small streets of the east end, at the feet of these towers of light. 

Then you wonder, how much electricity does London use per night?

Words and images by Anastasiia Fedorova

Pictures were taken at Piccadilly Circus W1, Waterloo Bridge SE1, Soho W1, around Liverpool Street Station EC2 and Shoreditch High Street E1.

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