Tower of London first flooded with poppies, now rubbish

In Tower Hamlets the Starbucks blow, between the lamp posts row on row

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A series of before and after pictures of the Tower of London are doing the rounds this morning, but while the photos show the "stunning" sea of poppies, they neglect to capture the flood of rubbish it has precipitated.

The impressive, if gaudy, installation 'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red' by artist Paul Cummins has attracted a deluge of tourists and Londoners queuing to see the poppies spill from the arches, leading to Costa cups and fast food bags spilling from the nearby bins.

A picture of a pile of trash was uploaded to Reddit by a Londoner, who said it has "been here for days and just keeps growing".

The ceramic poppies will remain at the Tower until 11 November (Armistice Day), before being sold individually for £25 a poppy with 10 per cent of the proceeds going to charity.

The installation was at the centre of a row between Ukip leader Nigel Farage and comedian Frankie Boyle this week.

After Farage implied that it being hailed "Ukip-style" implied he was a modern day Winston Churchill, Boyle wrote: "The poppy memorial was described as 'Ukip-style' not because your party is imbued with the same Churchillian values as the poppy, but because the stunt itself was viewed as the sort of crass politicisation of patriotism that your party is so fond of."