The Magical Lantern Festival is a beautiful artistic display of giant themed Lanterns celebrating the Chinese New Year and its cultural significance. 2017 was the second year the event has been held in London and the theme was ‘Explore the Silk Road’, which is the route of trade and culture from Europe to Ancient China.
The 45 minute walk around Chiswick House’s gardens takes you on a journey through Europe, Central Asia, Arabia, Egypt, Persia, India and Ancient China, exploring the heritage and culture shared along the Silk Road.
I know walking around outside in the middle of winter doesn’t sound the most appealing in a country like England, but there’s a solution for that. There are several bars along the route selling both hot alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks such as mulled wine, spiced cider and hot chocolate, the perfect way to keep warm on a cold London evening.
At the end of the Silk Road, you come to the entertainment area which has a Ferris wheel and merry-go-round, a small synthetic ice rink, an ice bar and lounge, a VR gaming area and several food and drink stalls, all surrounding a giant teapot and teacups in the centre (how very British!).
The small selection of food stalls served an array of international food, from the likes of raclette and burgers to noodles and curries. The Rac Shack raclette was my favourite dish of the night – the ultimate winter delicacy!
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The Magical Lantern Festival is usually open in February to mark the Chinese New Year, however, this year the display is heading to London early for the festive period, and will be open Wednesday to Sunday from 24th Nov 2017 to 1st Jan 2018.
Check the website for updates.