Thursday 6 November 2014

Tower of London Poppies
This is the first in a new series on my blog, inspired by the lovely Adele from Adele's Journey to a Better Life. Her posts are worth checking out, especially her recipes (her food looks amazing!)

Kicking off A is, obviously, Autumn! I looked at Autumn pins last week but this week I want to focus on the season in London. I live in West London and I'm only a short tube journey away from Central. I love living in London: there's so much to do and see and I never get bored. With Autumn comes Halloween, Bonfire Night and most importantly Remembrance Day. London is remembering the latter with its Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red installation at the Tower of London.

On Sunday I went to see the Poppies at the Tower of London. It was so busy and the rain certainly didn't help. Crowds of people + umbrellas = annoyed tourists and Londoners. The installation marks 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War. There are 888,246 poppies cocooning the Tower of London in a sea of red, each representing a British military fatality during WW1.

The ceramic poppies were up for sale and all have been sold but people have still flocked in their thousands to witness the tribute.

Tower of London Poppies
A dull grey day in Autumn makes London look gothic. London Bridge and the Tower of London stand old but timeless whilst The Shard looks over in the distance. It's a weird juxtaposition: old London versus the new. Standing over the railings, remembering the fallen, the modern building represents how much time has passed by.

December is approaching; the poppies will soon be taken down and a Winter hue will replace the warmth of Autumn. The pumpkins, fireworks and poppies will disappear, and in its place: Christmas decorations and New Year trinkets.

The good thing about Autumn is that it's never gone for too long, and Halloween, Bonfire Night and Remembrance Day will come round once again.


  1. I went to see these yesterday! It was pretty breath taking! It's lovely seeing everyone's pictures of them


  2. It's actually to symbolise British and all the colonial soldiers that had to fight in WW1 too. You'd be surprised how many colonial soldiers fought for Britain. Really interesting too. :)

  3. great post! i really wanna see the poppies

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  4. Oh wow I really want to go and see them it looks really touching, I would have bought my Nan a poppy but didn't realise until the other day they were all gone :( xx