The London Eye is at it again – bringing a colourful light display to its Thamesside perch and lighting up the night sky. This time, they’re celebrating Eurovision with a display that nods to last year’s winners and this year’s hosts. Following Ukraine’s win in 2022, it was decided that Eurovision would be hosted in the UK, the runners-up, given the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. Liverpool ultimately secured the honour of hosting the song competition, but London is still going all out with their celebrations.
To honour both countries, the lastminute.com London Eye will light up in the colours of both countries’ flags. The display will mark the first dual-flag light-up to grace the London monument. The well-known wheel will split between the red, white, and blue of the Union Flag and the yellow and blue of the Ukrainian Flag. It will be a symbol of the celebration and unity at the core of this year’s Eurovision.
When will the London Eye light up?
The London Eye will light up with the special display from Friday, May 12, starting at 8:30pm, and will finish on Sunday, May 14, at 5am.
Accenting the display, and adding an extra layer of fun to the whole affair, from 11pm on the eve of the final (May 13), the light-up display will also act as a virtual scoreboard. The many lights covering the London Eye will flash in the respective colours each time one of the two countries receives the coveted ‘douze points.’
Said Imran Tauqir, General Manager at the lastminute.com London Eye, said:
“We’re excited to be celebrating the return of the Eurovision Song Contest Final to the UK by lighting up the London skyline in the colours of the UK and Ukrainian flags. It is the first time that the London Eye has ever lit specially for Eurovision.
It was important for us to honour Ukraine as the official host of the event, so we’ve designed the first-ever dual flag light-up for the attraction to mark this unique and special show. We wish both Ukrainian and UK entries the best of luck and we hope they both win top points on Saturday to dazzle the London skyline with our live scoreboard.”
So even if you’re not watching the show live (why not?) you can keep up with the scoring – if you can lay eyes on the London Eye.