Carnaby – which is comprised of Carnaby Street itself and the surrounding roads – is one of London’s most iconic areas when it comes to both fashion and art, with a host of boutique stores that played a significant role in helping London develop its reputation as one of the most happening cities on earth during the so-called Swinging Sixties.
Having become known for being a popular hangout among designers, models and musicians, Carnaby became something of a symbol of the city’s unique style, and to this day remains a fun and vibrant place to visit.
As well as being home to an array of trendy clothes shops and cool cafes, Carnaby has also gained fame as a fantastic place to see street art, with larger-than-life installations to be found throughout this unique area of the West End – which is located between Oxford Circus and Piccadilly Circus, close to Regent Street and just a short walk from the Montcalm Hotel. From giant inflatable shapes to specially-commissioned graffiti, this bustling part of town is a great place to stroll around even if you don’t plan on buying anything, and with yet another unique installation having recently appeared on Ganton Street, there’s now even more for visitors to feast their eyes on.
This latest creation is the work of James Glancey Design, and features 51 enormous light bulbs suspended above the street, creating a surreal yet beautiful scene as they illuminate the area with an ethereal glow after dark. With Ganton Street being known for its many superb restaurants, it’s a great place to come for an evening out, and the chance to experience the unique radiance created by this public art installation now provides even more reason to head here once night falls.