Poppies don’t usually grow underground, but they will this month.
Remembrance Day is coming up, and London will once again honour those who fell in battle with a display of poppies. TfL have already got in on the action, by decorating a swathe of Tube stations with poppy roundels in recognition of The Royal British Legion’s London Poppy Day.
The iconic tube roundels have blanketed multiple stations in the past, and this year they’re going big once more with 24 stations (10 Underground, 14 Overground) undergoing the makeover. If you fancy spotting them, they’re at – deep breath – Baker Street, Balham, Bethnal Green, Bounds Green, Camden Road, Canary Wharf, Colindale, Chingford, Dalston Junction, Edmonton Green, Forest Hill, Hackney Downs, Hoxton, Kings Cross, London Bridge, Seven Sisters, Shepherd’s Bush, Shoreditch High Street, Tower Hill, Walthamstow Central, Westminster, West Croydon, West Hampstead, and Willesden Junction.
Roundels aren’t the only TfL property getting a rebrand, though. Six poppy-bedecked, rather fetching buses will be rolling through to along selected London routes — to and from Harrow, Victoria Coach Station, Kingston, Turnpike Lane, and Vauxhall. Plus, a limited number of Santander bikes have received a glow-up.
Meanwhile, volunteers will be fundraising across the transport network, with over 3,000 volunteers (many from the Royal Navy, Army, and RAF) across 50 stations selling poppies and fundraising. These donations, which can now be collected via contactless methods, go towards helping the RBL to support critical support to veterans and members of the armed service.
Remembrance Day falls on Thursday, November 11 and, as always, TFL will fall silent at 11am to remember those who lost their lives while fighting for their country. Remembrance Sunday (November 14) will be marked by a march to the Cenotaph by the London Transport Old Comrades Association.
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