London Will Be Plunged Into Darkness This Month

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London Will Be Plunged Into Darkness This Month
Earth Hour 2013. Photo by Mike Murphy in the Londonist Flickr Pool

London landmarks and buildings will be plunged into darkness in March — but only for an hour.

WWF's Earth Hour returns, encouraging people across the world to switch off their lights for an hour to do the planet some good, and raise awareness of environmental issues.

It's the 13th time the global initiative has come to the capital, and while 13 may be unlucky for some, we think it'll be more popular than ever this year, due to increased awareness of, and interest in, the threats to our planet.

Don't fret if you're afraid of the dark though — in the interest of safety, it's only non-essential lights which are switched off, so you'll still be able to see your way around if you're out taking photos of the rare sight.

London buildings taking part in Earth Hour 2020

Piccadilly Circus in a previous Earth Hour. Photo: WWF/Lauren Simmonds

We're awaiting confirmation on which landmarks around the capital will be plunged into darkness this year. In the past, the Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace, Tower Bridge, The London Eye, The Gherkin, The BT Tower, Southwark Cathedral and St Paul's Cathedral have been among the more prominent participants.

How to join in with Earth Hour 2020

It's pretty simple to take part in Earth Hour — just switch off your lights at 8.30pm on 28 March, and leave them off for an hour. Dig out those candles you cast aside at Christmas, and indulge in some candlelit living.

Photo by Jiri Rezac/WWF-UK

Earth Hour 2020 events in London

Alongside the international lights-out, several Earth Hour events take place on 28 March, many with the intention of making the most of the hour of darkness. Here's what's happening in London — we'll add more events as we hear about them:

  • The Orchestra For The Earth performs a candlelit concert of Purcell's opera Dido and Aeneas entirely by candlelight. Head to St Saviour's Church in Pimlico to see (well, hear) it performed on historical instruments in an atmospheric setting.

WWF Earth Hour 2020 takes place on 28 March, 8.30pm-9.30pm.

Last Updated 02 March 2020