This is a sponsored article on behalf of Historic Royal Palaces.
Been past the Tower of London recently? If so, you may have noticed it's had a bit of a glow-up, in the form of thousands of colourful wildflowers blooming in the moat.
This is Superbloom, a fantastically florid installation created by Historic Royal Palaces. The moat is flooded with flowers — 20 million seeds were sown — with winding, willow-lined paths cut through the middle so you can get up close to them, and take a stroll through the vibrant wonderland, accompanied by a special soundscape.
The moat has become a biodiverse habitat for wildlife, encouraging pollinators such as bees and butterflies to visit. For us humans, it's a photogenic oasis among the hubbub of the city — with the Tower of London offering an impressive backdrop to boot.
Superbloom was created to mark the Queen's Platinum Jubilee, and though those celebrations are over, the party's just getting started at the Tower of London — Superbloom has been designed to evolve throughout the summer, as different species of flower in different shades take their turn to shine.
Ready to immerse yourself in this natural paradise next to the Thames? It's open every day throughout the summer, and you can choose between a ticket just to Superbloom, or combining your visit to Superbloom with entry to the Tower of London. Whichever you choose, you can enter the moat via the stairs, or release your inner big kid on the four-lane Superbloom slide into the moat — ideal if you're taking the kids along during the summer holidays.
Then there's one other, very special way to experience Superbloom this summer...
Superbloom at sunset
As well as being open to the public every day this summer, the moat is kept open late some nights, allowing you to enjoy a summer evening stroll through the flowers as the sun sets over London. There's a coloured lighting backdrop during these extended moat hours, offering a completely different take on the spectacle — you'll definitely want your camera handy.
Get together with a group of mates (or a date — this is sure to score you points!) and make an evening of it. There are several restaurants at the Wharf, alongside the moat, so you can meet up for a bite to eat before descending into the moat, or finish your evening up with a couple of drinks. Street food traders KERB have a special market alongside Superbloom, with eight traders serving dishes from Nashville chicken to Indian street food, as well as cocktails, beer and other refreshing drinks.
Superbloom is at the Tower of London throughout Summer 2022. It stays open late every Thursday-Saturday in July and August, until 10.30 pm (last entry 9.15pm). Tickets must be booked in advance — get yours now.