The idea for the National COVID Memorial came from members of the COVID-19 Bereaved Families for Justice campaign and you can read more about that here. It is a public memorial of pink and red hearts representing each person who has died of COVID in the UK. It can be found just outside St Thomas’ Hospital opposite the Houses of Parliament and stretches along the South Bank of the Thames.
It’s a beautiful yet sombre memorial and much longer than I’d realised having only previously seen it on the news. I didn’t go there specifically to visit it but I’m glad I saw it in person. Even in March 2022 there were people leaving names of their loved ones on the wall as well as some floral tributes. It was an unauthorised memorial to begin with but given the publicity it’s received and the fact it now has official looking signage I presume it will be here to stay, and rightfully so.