Lumiere London, a free four-night light festival commissioned by the Mayor of London, will showcase more than 40 outdoor light installations throughout central London from Thursday 18 to Sunday 21 January 2018 and run from 17:30 to 22:30 each night. Find out about travel during the events here.
If you're travelling around central London on event days:
- Tube stations near installations will be much busier than usual, especially between 17:30 and 18:30 on Thursday 18 and Friday 19 January. Oxford Circus, Piccadilly Circus, King's Cross, Holborn and Covent Garden stations will be exceptionally busy
- There will be significant changes to bus services in Zone 1, these include diversions and early terminations on routes
- There will be a further impact on other zones as a result of displaced traffic
- There will be road closures across central London from 16:30 until 23:30 on Thursday 18, Friday 19, Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 January and additional days of impact for installation and removal.
- Road closures will affect traffic in the surrounding area
Please allow extra time for your journey, or if you have flexibility, change the time you travel.
Lumiere London spectators
Details on the festival and the artists as well as travel advice on the best way to get to and from the festival can be found at the Lumiere London page.
Our top tips on travelling to the event using our network are:
- The best way to discover Lumiere London will be by foot. Walking will be the quickest and best way to get to and between installations during Lumiere London. You may find it useful to download our walking Tube map which lists the distances in minutes between stations
- You are advised to walk between installations whenever possible as public transport will be much busier than usual, especially if you are attending the sites between 17:30 and 20:00 on Thursday 18, Friday 19 and Saturday 20 January
- Stations and/or lines next to the installations will be very busy, especially Oxford Circus, Piccadilly Circus and King's Cross St Pancras. At the busiest times (17:30 - 18:30 on weekdays) these stations may operate differently, including possibly being exit only at times
- Some buses in central London will be on diversion between 16:00 and 23:30 from Thursday 18 to Sunday 21 January due to Lumiere London road closures and will not serve the roads which are closed
- Please don't drive to the central London installations as roads will be busy and journeys will take significantly longer than usual
If you're not a regular user of public transport in the Capital, plan your journey at https://tfl.gov.uk/travel-information/visiting-london/
Busier Tube stations and services
If you can, travel before 17:30 or after 18:30 on Thursday 18 January and Friday 19 January 2018 to avoid the event crowds. The following Tube stations and lines are expected to be much busier than usual at this time:
- Oxford Circus
- Piccadilly Circus
- King's Cross St Pancras
- Northern line - between Euston and Waterloo
- Victoria line - between King's Cross St Pancras and Victoria
- Jubilee line - between Baker Street and Waterloo
- District and Circle lines - between Victoria and Westminster
- Piccadilly line - between King's Cross St Pancras and Hyde Park Corner
You may prefer to walk to less busy stations nearby for a quicker and more comfortable journey:
- Travelling from Oxford Circus - walk 9 minutes to Tottenham Court Road
- Travelling from King's Cross St Pancras - walk 12 minutes to Euston
- Travelling from Piccadilly Circus - walk 11 minutes to Charing Cross
Planned engineering works on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 January 2018
- No service on the District line from High Street Kensington to Edgware Road. And no service between Kensington (Olympia) and Earl's Court before 09:00 and after 21:00
- No service on the Circle line from Baker Street to Hammersmith, and Edgware Road to High Street Kensington
- No service on the Hammersmith & City line from Baker Street to Hammersmith
For up-to-date information on Tube services follow @TfLTravelAlerts or visit TfL's individual Tube line accounts for real-time information.
Affected bus routes
If you can, travel before 16:00 and after 23:30 on event days to avoid the road closures in the West End. The closures mean that bus journeys in zone 1 may take longer, especially around Oxford Circus, Piccadilly Circus and Trafalgar Square.
The following bus routes in the West End will be diverted or terminate earlier than usual:
3, 6, 7, 9, 10, 12, 14, 19, 22, 23, 25, 38, 43, 55, 63, 73, 88, 94, 98, 113, 139, 159, 390, 453, and C2
These bus routes will also be diverted or terminate earlier from 21:15 on Tuesday 16 January until 06:00 on Wednesday 17 January and from 23:30 on Sunday 21 January to 06:00 on Monday 22 January as Lumiere lights are installed and removed:
7, 8, 10, 12, 22, 23, 25, 55, 73, 88, 94, 98, 113, 139, 159, 390, 453, C2, N3, N7, N8, N15, N18, N22, N55, N73, N98, N109, N113, N136, N137, and N207
Additionally all bus routes in Zone 1 and buses from outside Zone 1 heading into the West End may be subject to delays throughout the evenings of the festival.
For the latest information on how buses are running, see our bus status updates or follow @TfLBusAlerts on Twitter.
Driving in central London
The closed roads in the West End will affect traffic across central London. If you can, travel before 16:00 and avoid central London after this time, especially on Thursday 18 January and Friday 19 January. If you have to drive, plan ahead and allow more time to complete your journey.
The map below shows how the festival, in addition to London's planned road works, will affect traffic in London. See also our traffic status tool for live closure information.
Road closures between 16:30 and 23:30 from 18-21 January include:
- Argyll Street (Two-way traffic)
- Argyll Street / Little
- Beak Street
- Brook Street
- Bruton Street
- Carlton Street / St. Alban's Street
- Charles II Street
- Conduit Street
- Earlham Street
- Goods Way
- Great Castle Street
- Hanover Street
- Leake Street
- Mercer Street
- Monmouth Street
- Neal Street
- New Burlington Street
- Old Bond Street
- Oxford Street
- Regent Street
- Regent Street / Margaret Street (banned right turn)
- Regent Street St. James
- Sackville Street
- Shaftesbury Avenue
- Shorts Gardens
- South Audley Street
- South Crescent
- Upper John Street
- Upper Regent Street
- Vigo Street
- Warwick Street (two-way traffic)
- Waterloo Place
Please allow extra time for your journey and consider an alternative route.
For the latest information on traffic conditions, see our traffic status updates page or follow @TfLTrafficNews on Twitter.
Footways around the installations will remain open to ensure spectators can enjoy the event.
Often walking is the quickest option during big events in London. View our map below for walking times between Tube stations, or for more information about walking in London, visit tfl.gov.uk/walking.
There are no plans to suspend Santander Cycles docking stations during the festival in the West End. Please check cycle and space availability on the day using the live, online docking station map - tfl.gov.uk/santandercycles or the Santander Cycles App.
Please note that cycling will not be permitted on the closed roads.
Download Santander Cycles from the App Store or Google Play. Follow @SantanderCycles on Twitter for the latest updates.
Deliveries in London
If you're making or receiving deliveries or servicing premises in affected areas, talk to your customers and suppliers now about making changes to your deliveries or collections.
Depending on the size and nature of your business, our key advice is:
- Communicate changes to your employees and suppliers
- Understand what deliveries and servicing trips your business receives. Keeping a diary of all deliveries and collections at your company will help you decide whether you can reduce deliveries and servicing trips by streamlining your suppliers and the number of visits they make to your premises, and/or reducing personal deliveries to your employees
- You should also speak to your suppliers about whether they can re-time their deliveries and servicing trips to avoid the busiest time from 16:00 from Thursday 18 to Sunday 21 January 2018 daily
- Revise mode. It may be possible to modify either the mode of transport needed for deliveries or collections or the type of delivery itself. Ask your suppliers whether they can deliver by a different type of transport such as walking or cycling where possible
You can also:
On Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 January 2018, the following planned upgrade works are taking place:
- No service from Camden Road to Stratford
- No service from Highbury & Islington to Dalston Junction
- No service from Romford to Upminster
- No service from Sydenham to Crystal Palace
For live information on London Overground, see our status updates page or follow @LDNOverground on Twitter.
Due to planned engineering works, there will be no service from Stratford to Shenfield.
For live information on TfL Rail, see our status updates page or follow @TfLRail on Twitter.
Engineering works may affect some National Rail services - check the National Rail Enquiries website for more details.
Taxis & private hire vehicles
All taxi ranks that are within the road closure area will be suspended between 16:30 and 23:30 from Thursday 18 to Sunday 21 January 2018, these include all ranks on Piccadilly, Regent Street/St James's and Haymarket.
Booking information, including phone numbers and email addresses, about minicab and other private hire operators in London is available from TfL's Cabwise service.
Further information about taxi and private hire services can be found at tfl.gov.uk/modes/taxis-and-minicabs/
For up-to-date information for the taxi and private hire industry, visit our taxis and minicabs section or follow @TfLTPH on Twitter.
A number of coaches may be on diversion and/or using alternative stops. Tour buses and coaches may be using different routes, please check with your operator for details and allow plenty of time to travel.
More coach operator information can be found at tfl.gov.uk/coaches.