We have wanted to go to the Tower of London for quite a while now. On our previous visit to London we attempted to visit it a few times. Finding ourselves in front of a closed door every time. This time the date was set and we were dragging along a few friends. We were quite the crowed come to think of it. Two South African – Portuguese, one living in UK one in Sa, an Australian who travels the world, a Portuguese who lives in UK, a Portuguese who lives in Spain (occasionally), a Brit and an Afrikaans girl.
Look I will be honest. It’s not cheap. (For South Africans at least) Roughly R400 per person. But I would whole heartedly suggest this tour above others in London. There are SO many it will cost you a small fortune, a leg and a horse to be able to do them all. The Tower offers a little bit of everything and a boat load of history. It has all the juicy stories between those walls. The executions, the prisoners, the murders the mysteries and those fabulous jewels.
The jewels are nothing like I thought they would be. A lot larger. Sadly you cannot take any photographs inside the vault and I mean vault. Those doors were insane. The current crown jewels are kept in a long glass case with conveyor belts running on both sides. You stand on the conveyor and slowly pass by the most beautiful jewels you have ever seen. As a South African we feel we should have gotten discount to get in. The Cullinan Diamond is truly spectacular. Go see it. See all that gold and opulence it really takes you back in time. I loved it.
The Yeomen Warder aka The Beef serve as ceremonial guardians of the Tower of London. They (back in the day, were) are responsible for looking after any prisoners in the Tower and safeguarding the British crown jewels. In 2011, there were 37 Yeomen Warders and one Chief Warder. They are retired from the Armed Forces of Commonwealth realms and must be former senior non-commissioned officers or petty officers with at least 22 years of service.
We were some of the last people to leave the tower and stuck around just to hear them ring the bell.
After the a few hours at the Tower we spent the rest of they day walking around London. (21km to be exact)
One for the books. Or the blog. Whichever 🙂
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I love this about London. The old right there in the middle of the new.
The first wall built that surrounded the great White Tower in the Tower of London.
The view from the Kings bedroom (Edward)
Actual spot where the executions took place.
Lawn where Queen Anne was executed.
King Edwards boudoir.
This lady thought we lost our marbles.
I have no words.
“Where are we Victor?”
View from the Tower.
My favourite walk in the city.