Tower of London Poppies

Tower Poppies

Tower of London PoppiesAt the moment, no visit to London is complete without a trip to the Tower. A prime tourist trap all year round, The Tower of London is now drawing in crowds for a very different reason.

The Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red installation is without doubt the best World War I memorial I have ever seen. Its only rival being the staggering  graveyards of Belgium and France.

Poppies Tower of LondonThe installation will eventually include 888,246 ceramic poppies when it is completed on November 11th.

That’s one for every British Military fatality. 

Tower of London The display is visually shocking. The poppies have been crammed into every available inch, pouring from one of the windows and towering over the entrance.

I was there on a Monday afternoon in half-term which was horrifically busy. The best time to view the poppies in relative peace are the mornings and evenings.

Tower of London Poppy DisplayThe concept has captured the imagination of the nation, sweeping across social media and news networks. It is expected that nearly 4 million people will see the poppies before they are dissembled on November 11th.

Such a surge of interest in the poppies is testament to how, even 100 years on, World War I and its victims are still being remembered as they should.

If you would like to buy one of the ceramic poppies visit this link here.

Have you been to see the display? I’d love to know what you thought!

Tower of London WW1


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