It is an oasis of calm, surrounded by beautiful buildings. As someone who is very interested in the properties of plants, especially for healing and dyeing I found it all fascinating - and the glasshouses were fab too :-)
After a short tube ride and an unplanned walk from Green Park (courtesy of 'significant delays on the Piccadilly Line') I arrived at the theatre to see this:
I never managed to see it in the 80s when it was first on and all I can say about is that it is totally brilliant. I've seen many many West End shows over the years and this has to rate joint first (joint with Phantom of the Opera which I saw with the original London cast in the 80s).
Then I set off on a long walk - first of all along the south bank where I wanted to see some of the Books About Town benches. These are 50 benches in all designed to celebrate London's literacy heritage and to promote reading for pleasure.
|Julia Donaldson and Alex Scheffler|
|Micheal Morpurgo's War Horse|
But the poppies on the bench weren't the only poppies I'd come to see. I had come to see the Tower Poppies - an art installation by ceramic artist Paul Cummins with setting by stage designer Tom Piper entitled 'Bloodswept Lands and Seas of Red'. 888,246 individually made ceramic poppies will be 'planted' around the moat of the Tower of London, each one representing a British Military fatality during the 1st World War.
They start off tumbling out from a window in the Tower
and meander their way along the west wall (clicking on an image will enlarge it)
before appearing to leap over the main entrance bridge.
At the moment they don't go much further than this but by November the sea of red will completely surround the Tower.
You can find more here, including a video of how they were made, and also how to buy one if you so wish.
If you're in London between now and the end of November it really is worth visiting this very poignant and beautiful tribute to the British Servicemen and women who died fighting for us in the 1st World War.