A poignant statement of the United Kingdom’s most recent tragic event, the Memorial Wall on the South Bank is a place for quiet reflection, and a stark visual reminder of the deaths which are still so raw in this ongoing pandemic.

The Memorial wall next to the river
The Memorial Wall overlooks the River Thames and the Houses of Parliament

Started in March 2021, the mural consists of thousands of red and pink hearts painted on the wall by volunteers, organised by the campaign groups Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice and Led by Donkeys. The intent was for each heart to be “individually hand-painted; utterly unique, just like the loved ones we’ve lost”.

Its message is achieved through its complete lack of officialdom, pomp and ostentation – instead it’s a simple, s