A visual treat at the Tower of London

Anyone planning a trip to London has just two weeks remaining to take in the stunning sight of the Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red display at the Tower of London.

The Queen visited the Tower last week and despite the many images broadcast of the expertly-designed ceramic poppy display by artist Paul Cummins, which surrounds the famous sightseeing spot, it really has to be seen in person to fully appreciate the sheer scale and craftsmanship that has gone into the project.

The installation marks the 100th anniversary of Britain’s involvement in the First World War and a total of 888,246 (each in recognition of a British casualty) ceramic poppies are to be planted by November 11.

My visit coincided with the opening day of the half-term holiday and initially the huge numbers jostling for a decent view can be a touch overwhelming.

But it’s a must-see event. For tourists on a tight sightseeing schedule it’s well worth attempting to factor in a good couple of hours for your trip just to stroll around it all and witness this great spectacle before the final poppy is planted on the 11th.

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