Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Poppies at The Tower of London

This evening we went to see the poppies installation at the Tower of London. It's only going to be around for another few days before it starts to be taken down so it was a case of see it or miss it. The pavements around the Tower were packed with people taking photos of the installation and a jolly good sight is is too.

Tube from Westminster to London Bridge, walk down Tooley Street (with a slight detour into the all-year Christmas Shop) and down London Place to City Hall. Across Tower Bridge and there they are in the moat of the Tower of London, the enormous poppies installation with some great views of the lights of London behind the Tower.

There's a ceramic poppy for every British soldier that died in the First World War and the poppies are planted in the lawned 'moat' of the Tower. A sea of red surrounding the Tower, some bits lit up and others not. It wasn't really planned for an evening viewing but, so popular has it become, that it was mobbed with people and cameras. Everyone seemingly wants to see the poppies.

It really is quite spectacular and the photos don't really do it justice. A sea of red around the Tower walls and thousands of people wanting to see them at any given time. The place was so packed it was difficult to walk round, particularly since most of the walkways and pavements aren't really lit for crowds in the dark. And it was very crowded.

Anyway, here are a few photos of the poppies installation taken with my phone. And doesn't Tower Bridge look splendid!

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