Poppies don’t usually grow underground, but they will this month.
Remembrance Day is next week, and London is finding multiple ways to honour the fallen soldiers of World War I. A waterfall of poppies is falling from the Imperial War Museum, a moat of flames will arrive at the Tower of London, and Olympic Park will be home to 72,396 shrouded figurines. Today, TfL have got in on the action, by decorating their entire transport network with poppies, in honour of The Royal British Legion’s London Poppy Day.
The iconic tube roundels have been blanketed with poppies at ten Underground and four Overground stations. If you fancy spotting them, they’re at – deep breath – Balham, Bounds Green, Bethnal Green, Colindale, Baker Street, London Bridge, Canary Wharf, Kings Cross, Westminster, St James’s Park, Forest Hill, Shepherd’s Bush, Walthamstow Central, and Willesden Junction.
Roundels aren’t the only TfL property getting a rebrand, though. They’re adding poppy vinyls to trains on the Underground, Overground, and DLR, and volunteers will be fundraising across the network. 1200 members from the Royal Navy, Army, and RAF will be selling poppies and collecting donations at 44 Underground stations, aiming to raise £1 million over the course of the day.
Eight poppy-bedecked and rather fetching buses will be rolling around town, ferrying commuters in style. If you’d prefer to rely on pedal power, you’re still in luck, as a number of Santander Cycles have also had the poppy treatment. London Poppy Day is a huge contributor to the overall funding of The Royal British Legion, and everything you give helps veterans and their families – so if you have the opportunity and means to donate, please do!