Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Poppies at the Tower of London

To finish off our day in London we headed to the Tower of London.  I'd seen photos that friends and family had taken of the tower recently with all the poppies to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War One.

I don't think anything could have prepared me for what we saw.  It truly was breathtaking and as soon as I set eyes on the sight before me I was covered in goosebumps.  The colour literally jumps out at you.

The effect was incredible.  I loved the depth perception with the poppies being set at different levels.  Every one is handmade so each one is slightly different, it makes it all the more personal.  It really was an amazing sight.

The poppies stretched the whole way around the tower and the way they fell out of one of the windows was so effective.

They were still putting out more poppies as we were there.  In total there will be 888,246.  One poppy for every British colonial fatality.  When you see the number of poppies in front of you and think of each one as a person, someone's son, or husband, brother or father, it really does move you.  You can't help but get emotional about it.

I hope to return to see it all complete before November 11th.  After remembrance they will all be removed and sent of to those who have purchased one.  If you get the chance, please go and see it for yourselves, you really have got to see it to appreciate it's greatness and it's importance.  The photos seriously do not do it justice.

We Will Remember Them.

~ Gem x  


  1. Oh I really want to go and see it, I must get up to London!x

  2. Isn't this amazing. The company I work for are involved in planting the poppies and various members of staff have gone down there in shifts to volunteer.


  3. Really amazing picture i am really want to tower oflondon