The Tower's moat is slowly being filled with 888,246 poppies, each one representing a British or Colonial military fatality during the First World War.
I'd seen lots of photos of this installation online and in the papers but nothing quite prepares you for the sheer scale of it when viewed in person.
That huge sea of poppies "bleeding" from the Tower is both beautiful and incredibly sad, a combination that makes it a very powerful and moving installation to visit.
I'd not been to the Tower of London since I was about 11 (which was quite a while ago!), so when Fiona headed home I took some time to admire the amazingness of the Tower and its fascinating history ...
... and to stroll along the river and past Tower Bridge.
The poppies are still being installed, the sea of red growing larger week by week until the installation ends on 11th November. I've applied to volunteer to help "plant" some of the poppies but they've apparently been swamped with applications so that may not work out. Whatever happens though, I will definitely be making at least one return trip to see the poppies before November.
Click here to buy one of the poppies, or click here to make a dedication and donate to the Tower's chosen service charities.
You can read more about the installation here and watch a fascinating video about the making of the poppies below. (If you can't see the video you can view it here).