This is a sponsored article on behalf of Historic Royal Palaces.
The medieval moat that surrounds the Tower of London is about to be transformed into a spectacular sea of flowers — in celebration of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.
As you read this, 20 million seeds are starting to shoot their way upwards, erupting into an explosion of colour that evolves as summer progresses. This is Superbloom.
Open from 1 June to 18 September, Superbloom aims to attract Londoners of both human and pollinator variety (it's designed with biodiversity in mind).
Wander along the weaving paths that are built into this floral spectacle, encountering bees and butterflies in amongst the blooms. This feast for the senses also includes a specially-commissioned soundscape and sculptural elements like The Nest, a woven wicker structure, to encourage visitors to slow down and enjoy nature.
Before you bask in the beauty of Superbloom, you've got the chance to make a rather dramatic entrance — via a very special slide. Yep, you read that right: you can whizz your way down into the moat from one of four planter-lined lanes, repurposed from an original slide commissioned by the National Trust for Cliveden House.
Kids will love it, though — rest assured — if you prefer to keep your feet firmly on the ground, you can enter the installation through the visitor entrance.
This isn't the first time that the Tower of London has embraced flower power — in 2014 over 800,000 ceramic poppies were installed in the moat to commemorate the centenary of the start of the first world war. And in 2018, the moat was transformed once more, this time lit up with thousands of flames to mark 100 years since the end of the second world war.
Both installations proved extremely popular, with people queuing for hours to see them. It's likely that Superbloom will be similarly sought-after, so we recommend getting your tickets now, while they last.
There are three different ways to experience Superbloom. The first is one we've just covered, which grants you access to the moat (and that slide!). These start at £10 for adults and £5 for kids.
Alternatively, you can turn the experience into a full day out by purchasing tickets to both Superbloom and the Tower of London. Witness the wonders of the natural world before uncovering the secrets of the fortress, prison, and royal palace — home to the Crown Jewels, Yeomen Warders, and London's iconic ravens.
A final option allows you to see Superbloom for free, via the public view path. You won't be able to walk in the meadow itself, but you will be able to admire all the different species of flower from afar. Although it won't cost you a penny, pre-booking is still essential — you'll want to get on that soon to avoid disappointment.
To find out more about Superbloom and book your tickets click here, and get ready for a fragrant floral and — dare we say — very Instagrammable trip to one of London's oldest landmarks.
Superbloom, 1 June -18 September at the Tower of London. Tickets from £10 adult/£5 child.