Illumini 2010 at Shoreditch Town Hall

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Last night I went to the opening night of Illumini, an exhibition exploring London’s underground secrets through a series of art installations, tours and talks. Clearly I wasn’t the only one intrigued by the concept, as the queue to get in was long!

Illumini is taking place in Shoreditch Town Hall‘s basement, somewhere I’d never been before, but once you enter, it’s obvious this is the perfect location to showcase the work of artists who like to play with light! The basement’s stone interior, arches, nooks and crannies make for an atmospheric location, and a great place to recreate subterranean London.

Illumini 2010 is much more interactive than your average exhibition. You can choose your own route, talk to actors wandering the “tunnels”, and even have a tarot card reading.

It wasn’t always clear to me what the theme of each room was, or what exactly I was looking at but I loved the experience and many of the pieces. From Blitz-themed rooms to information about the Brunel Tunnel, you do get a sense of London’s underground history.

Illumini 2010, 11am-7pm until 15 September 2010. Entry free


  1. nic says:

    looks awesome! can’t wait to get myself along.

  2. Alex says:

    I went to see this last night and I loved the horse made out of maps.

  3. I was impressed with a lot of what I saw at Illumini on Thursday and the Ration Book was a nice touch. When I came out I couldn’t believe the length of the queue…it wasn’t that good!

  4. Cain says:

    I can honestly say this was one of the most disappointing things I have ever seen since I have lived in London.

    It was awful.