Tower of London Poppies
To commemorate the centennial of Britain’s involvement in the First World War – Remembrance Day, a spectacular art installation entitled Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red has been created by artist Paul Cummins and stage designer Tom Piper at The Tower of London.
888,246 ceramic poppies are gradually filling the Tower’s moat – each representing a British military fatality during the war. Every evening, the Last Post is played at sunset and names of of those who died in combat are read aloud.
The final flower will be symbolically planted on 11th November. It’s such a breathtaking commemoration that I urge you to go and see it before this masterpiece is dismantled on 12th November.
Scroll down to see the arial video to get an idea of the full scope of this incredible art installation!
Last Sunday, I made my way to Bubble London to have a sneak peek at the Spring/Summer 15 collections from the best childrenswear brands around.
Having worked on the event for over 6 years, it was lovely to catch-up with some old friends, but most importantly to see that Bubble is still a great platform for new and emerging talent.
And I have gathered together some of my highlights…
London is magical at this time of the year, and Selfridges on Oxford Street is no exception. Stopping by the department store to admire the Christmas windows is a family tradition sure to delight children and parents alike. This year’s windows include a giant jar of Play-Doh and an ode to Barbie.
My personal highlight is the giant gingerbread reproduction of a fantasy version of London called “Lost London”.
The edible city took 353kg of Biscuiteers gingerbread, 1245kgs of icing and royal icing sugars, over 80 litres of golden syrup, 85kg of caster sugar and 400 hours to be designed, baked and built. A masterpiece not to be missed!
On Sunday mornings, families make their way to East London for the quaint and beautiful Columbia Road flower market!
From 8am, this Victorian cobbled street is transformed into an oasis of foliage and flowers. Everything from bedding plants to 10 foot banana trees are up for grabs. Alongside the market is a growing number of independent shops selling everything from pastries and homeware to jewellery and toys. The shops all have a common thread, a love of the flower market and its history, and “a refusal to be dictated to by a retail world where the sense of fun has all but gone.”
And if you're heading back home via Shoreditch, don't forget to stop by Story Deli. This yummy place is a breath of fresh air with its large wooden tables, cardboard stools and delicious pizzas.
Founded five years ago by Swedish born Corina Papadopoulou and her husband Franco Ofili, Kidsen is one of the leading children’s stores in London.The shop carries some of my favourite clothing brands including Bobo Choses, Mini Rodini and Soft Gallery, together with a selection of footwear, interiors, toys and gifts. Kidsen exudes a relaxed and friendly vibe, allowing you to browse some of the coolest collections around.
If you don’t get the chance to stop by Kensal Rise where they are located, check out their online shop, with both UK and international shipping available.
A very warm welcome to our brand new London correspondent, Tabara N’Diaye! This is her first post. Tabara is the founder and editor of Bubble and Speak, a blog dedicated to children’s fashion, home products and daily inspirations.
Now in its second year, the world’s biggest Easter egg hunt . The Big Egg Hunt, challenges children and parents alike to find 101 eggs across the UK, whilst raising vital funds for Action for Children. The two and-a-half-foot high fibreglass eggs have been designed by leading artists and feature some of the country’s best-loved children’s characters including Peter Rabbit, Peppa Pig and Moshi Monsters.
Come down to Covent Garden from this Friday, collect your Hunt Book from one ‘eggspert’ and start looking for the giant eggs hidden around the area. After April 1st., they’ll be auctioned off to raise money for Action for Children.