For the past two weeks I have been riding past the London Eye on my way home and marvelling at its brilliant green lighting scheme against the dark velvet sky. But this week the lighting scheme suddenly switched to a fiery red and I made a mental note to take some photographs to try and capture its beauty. So, tonight, unencumbered by the bike, I walked along the South Bank and spent about 40 minutes snapping my little heart out.
I don’t know who is responsible for the lighting scheme along Jubilee Walk, but they have done a brilliant and imaginative job. The fairylights that normally adorn the trees around the London Eye and a little further along at Gabriel’s Wharf are an absolutely mesmerising brilliant royal blue instead of the usual pedestrian, run-of-the-mill white. It’s like someone grabbed a million little sapphires and threw them in the air. Each little jewel now hangs suspended from the boughs of the London plane trees like a series of tangled-up necklaces shimmering in the dark.
It is quite possibly the most beautiful and bewitching display of urban lighting that I have ever seen.