Lights of London: Get your NEON fix at our top 10 London luminaries
With neon now becoming THE optimum Instagram accessory, it’s clear that it’s not just Soho which is partial to a bit of neon. Look no further to find out the best offbeat London locations which will quench your neon needs.
As one of London’s most iconic and offbeat hotspots, God’s Own Junkyard has become an instagram sensation in itself. Tucked away in a Walthamstow warehouse, this space holds Europe’s largest collection of vintage neon and has even been snapped up as a backdrop by Vogue. Oh, and the best part…it’s completely free to enter!
For a limited time only, look up to the skies and see the spectacular Bohemian Rhapsody christmas lights displayed down London’s Carnaby Street. Free to the general public, this space is perfect for a late night ‘gram and a spot of christmas shopping.
The Tate Modern is home to some of the most iconic British and international modern art featuring works by the likes of Salvador Dali, Andy Warhol, Anni Albers and David Hockney. However, the Blavatnik building currently hosts a fantastic showcase of work by American artist Bruce Nauman – a keen advocate of neon as an artistic tool. Head down to the free exhibition to ogle at his neon based innuendos and political statements.
If it’s custom made neon you’re after, look no further than the Neon Sign Store which will manufacture and install custom made neon right into the comfort of your shop or own home. Tucked off the side of Mile End Road, this neon hotspot has become an East End favourite with neon filled window displays and brilliant service.
Photo by Becca Billis
Who doesn’t love a coffee and a neon quote? With spots dotted in Holborn, London Bridge and Shoreditch, Londoners can easily spot Grind’s unmistakable trademark red neon. Head down to these locations to capture the neon quotes “rise and grind”, “french lessons given downstairs” and “when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life”.
Photo by Duncan C from Flikr
For a more immersive neon experience, the Neon Naked Life Drawing workshop is the place to be. Located across a number of London locations, this unique artistic experience is already set to take place across a number of dates during November, December and January. By combing industrial UV light with flamboyant, hand crafted accessories, this experimental workshop is certified to unleash all your inner creativity.
Photo from Queen of Hoxton website
English artist Tracey Emin has decked out Kings Cross Station with a public neon declaration of love – a 20 metre mural hung in front of the clock which overlooks the platforms and spells out ‘I want my time with you’. Should this not satisfy your neon needs, head down to the King’s Cross Tunnel leading to Kings Cross Underground station and waltz into a neon spectrum of light and colour.
Inspired by the punk scene of Berlin, NYC’s East Village and Hoxton, Zigfrid von Underbelly sought to make this destination a hub for creatives. With a neon infused decor, this bar certainly lives up to it’s creative roots. Upstairs you will find a diner/cocktail bar/DJ booth accompanied by a vast expanse of terrace whilst downstairs is ‘The Underbelly’ – a separate live music venue which has hosted a selection of top-notch artists. Perfect as a cosy dining spot and as a night out venue, venture down to feast your eyes on this aesthetic space
photo from Zigfrid von Underbelly website
There is a fairly high chance you would have seen the ‘Well Behaved Women Don’t Make History Sign’ neon sign somewhere on a social media feed. Tonight Josephine is home to this artwork and home to several other neon signs which will rock your camera lense. Head down to this Waterloo basement bar and be treated to a neon dream: with neon quotes, neon pillars, a mirrored ceiling and the glitziest of cocktails, what better place to spend an evening?!
Home to London’s brightest, weirdest and most colourful 9 hole golf course, Junkyard Golf Club has become an East End beacon of art and frivolity. Combined with UV paint, flashing lights, reclaimed furniture and an abundance of neon these interiors have become the perfect backdrop for work parties, social gatherings and even first dates.
Photo from Junkyard Golf Website