London's streets have been decorated in a patriotic fury of Union Jacks as Jubilee fever sweeps the capital, and Britain prepares to host the Olympics.
But bunting would have been a rather humble adornment for Tower Bridge, one of London's most famous monuments.
On Sunday, over one thousand boats will muster on the River Thames as Her Majesty The Queen readys herself to take part in the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant.
With the bridge as the final stopping point, and less than 60 days to go till the start of the Olympics, the famous landmark has been given a glittering makeover.
The lighting system, which is aimed at picking out the unusual architectural features of the bridge, gets its first switch-on tonight.
Both static and coloured bulbs which vary in intensity will beam from the central London landmark where giant Olympic Rings and the Paralympic Agitos, the swirling symbol of the Paralympics, will shine during the London 2012 Games.
The lights will shine white this weekend to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
The Both static and coloured bulbs which vary in intensity will beam from the central London landmark where giant Olympic Rings and the Paralympic Agitos, the swirling symbol of the Paralympics, will shine during the London 2012 Games.
Work began in November to fit the 1,800 special energy-efficient LED lights, 6,562ft (2,000m) of energy-efficient LED linear lights, 16,404ft (5,000m) of cable and 1,000 junction boxes.
London Mayor Boris Johnson predicted that Tower Bridge is now set to play "a starring role" in the 2012 celebrations as London gears up for "a summer like no other", adding: "Tower Bridge is already a global icon and this much-loved landmark is now even more spectacular thanks to a world-class illumination system.
It is to be funded through a deal between the Mayor, City of London and London 2012 sponsors GE and EDF.
Take a look at some of the more stunning jubilee decorations around central London below.Suggest a correction