The Crown Jewels in London
The Tower of London
St Katharine’s & Wapping, London EC3N 4AB
The Tower of London is one of the oldest buildings in London and in my opinion one of the (if not THE) most important historical locations in the city. Occupied by royals and other important people back in the days, now you can visit this fortress turned museum and learn all about the building and its inhabitants through interactive tours and displays.
“The Tower” has served as a castle, state prison, spot for executions, palace and treasury for the jewelry of the royal family for over 900 years. The original fort was founded in 1087 as a pretty basic square fort (called “The White Tower”, which can now be found in the middle of the complex), commissioned by William the Conqueror and served as a protection against the conquerors from Normandy, shortly after winning at the Battle of Hastings.
The last king to use the Tower as a palace was James I, who lived from 1566 to 1625. After this, the Tower was best known as a prison and execution location, in particular for people from higher circles. For example, during the reign of Maria Tudor, Queen Elizabeth I (her sister!) was imprisoned for some time and Thomas Moore (writer and philosopher) and Anna Boleyn (Queen of England from 1533 to 1536) where executed here. The last prisoners were held here until World War II.
Only stone throw away from our apartments, you can very easily make your way to the tower and indulge yourself in British History. The tour is led by a Yeoman Warder who will share their priceless knowledge, and we recommend the additional option of participating in the Ceremony of Keys should you decide to take an evening tour.
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