In Pictures: Poppies At The Tower Of London

We mentioned last week that nearly 900,000 ceramic poppies are being planted in the Tower of London moat to commemorate the start of the First World War. On Friday we went down to plant a few and get some pictures of what is shaping up to be an astonishing visual memorial. The running total when we left was 58,000 poppies and we think we planted around 100 each.

Photos by nottheviewsofmyemployer, BethPH and entoptika in the Londonist Flickr pool.


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  • unslugged

    Great stuff. Just been down to take a look this morning, and more poppies are still being ‘planted’.

  • Mary Clark

    Thanks for sharing this. I assume by the time I get to London in early November there will be no need for volunteers, but I plan on visiting.

    • Nathaniel KW

      The last poppy is actually planted on the final day the installation is open, 11th November …so don’t wait too long to see it!

      • Mary Clark

        Thanks, Nathaniel! We’re going to the Lord Mayor’s Show on the 8th, so may do it that day before the fireworks.

  • Gary Caruthers

    Initially when I heard that this was going to happen I though it was a crass idea but now that I’ve seen it it looks rather effective. Still would have preferred the planting of real poppies though

  • musol

    how long will the poppies stay there for

    • george

      they will stay until 11 November and be sold for 25 pounds each .

      • tillyanne

        how do you buy one or order one

  • Ann

    What a shame they won’t stay for a year to let overseas visitors a chance to come and see, it looks amazing.

  • Barbara Read

    look forward to going to see poppies on 2nd Oct, and have already ordered my poppies.may order some more.

  • Maz

    Looks wonderful. Going to see them within the next month. Already ordered my poppy. What a fantastic idea.

  • Barry

    What away to remember the fallen.