As the country gears up to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, the near millennium-old Tower of London is planning to pay tribute in the traditional fashion.
By which we mean: you’re going to ride a giant slide into a moat filled with millions of flowers this summer.
It’s all part of their upcoming Superbloom installation – a huge meadow of wildflowers that’s being grown in the (currently very bare) moat that runs around the Tower of London. Gardeners are currently in the process of sowing 20 million seeds that should hopefully start blossoming in the summer, just in time to celebrate the jubilee, and rewilding a historic part of central London in the process.
And while a moat full of beautiful flowers was already quite an appealing prospect, the Tower of London folk apparently wanted a way for people to arrive “with a sense of occasion and fun.”
Hence, the giant slide.
It’ll be made of stainless steel (not platinum), and will take you down from the castle walls at record speed into the flower-filled moat. Once you’re down there, you’ll be able to wander through some specially carved out paths to take in the flowers up close, while a sound installation soundtracks the whole scene. It’s also somewhere that’ll bear a repeat visit, as the different flowers will bloom in different months.
Tickets are available now, and if you go for the top tier you’ll also get admission to the Tower itself afterwards, feat. the Crown Jewels, the spot where Anne Boleyn got the chop, and the Beefeaters’ pub.
They’re always raven about it.
NOTE: Superbloom’s grand unveiling has been delayed until the start of July – you can still walk past before then to see it, but due to the whimsical British climate some of the flowers haven’t grown yet. It’s free to look at from the outside, but if you want to walk through (or slide into) the meadow, you’ll need to book a ticket in advance. They start at £10, and you can get yours HERE.
Superbloom | Tower of London, EC3N 4AB
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