Last weekend we paid a visit to London and stayed at the Hyatt Place London City East Hotel, just a short walk to the Tower of London.
We have visited The Tower of London before, but when we found out that they had filled the historic moat with meadow flowers to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee year we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to visit.
There is a free public viewing area to see the flowers, but you are still fairly high up and not able to fully appreciate the spectacle.
We decided there and then to book tickets to see it. You can choose between just visiting Superbloom, or a combined ticket to see the castle. If you know you are visiting, I would recommend you book your tickets a couple of days before as it gets quite busy, especially in the middle of the day.
You can also choose to purchase a photographic ticket, where the official photographers take shots of you as you explore.
As we were in town to see Ed Sheeran, I hadn’t brought my big camera, but the beautiful new naturalistic landscape is a photographers heavens as the colour palettes change as you walk along the winding path.
At the beginning of the pathway there is a large slide to ride. There was a fairly long queue, but it moved nice and quickly. Beware when travelling with young kids, most of them got to the top and changed their minds and it was the the adults who were having more fun. We certainly had a go too.
Next to the slide is a volunteer handing out leaflets about all the flowers they have planted, which were chosen to attract pollinators to the urban space and introduce a new biodiverse habitat for wildlife.
As you walk along the path, the sounds of the city begin to disappear, with calming music being played out of speakers along the way.
The flowers will be an evolving display with whites, blues, pinks, purples, reds and oranges throughout the height of summer and into September when it finishes.
You start in the west moat and wander through the north moat to the east moat. Each area has a different microclimate, and the planting in each offers a different atmosphere and colours with a backdrop of some of London’s historic buildings in the background.
The paths are edged with woven willow, some of which has hidden lighting within to provide a spectacular display at dusk.
We saw plenty of bees and butterflies as we wandered through, flying between the flowers.
The spectacular finale is the East Moat, with willow arches to wander through, covered with sweet peas and surrounded by sunflowers and poppies in the view of Tower Bridge.
As you leave the moat, there are some beautiful sculptures of dragonflies, bees and butterflies which dance in the breeze above your heads as you walk underneath.
Tickets to Superbloom at the Tower of London start from £12 for adults, from £6 for children and £9.60 for concessions. Family ticket options and combined entry tickets to the Tower of London are also available.
Have you visited the Superbloom display yet?