Tower of London
Discover London's gruesome history at the Tower of London
The Tower of London has hosted some of the most iconic and defining moments in British history. It has previously served as a fortress, an armory, a palace but is most famous for being a prison. The tower is almost 1,000 years old and is rife with stories of human tragedy and power struggles. They say that the ghosts of some of the Tower’s famous inhabitants, such as Anne Boleyn, are still roaming the halls.
The Tower of London: what to look out for?
- Yeoman Warders (commonly known as “Beefeaters”) are there to guard the castle but they also conduct very popular free tours around the Tower of London. They talk about tragic as well as funny moments in the Tower of London’s history in a very theatrical manner and certainly keep the crowds entertained.
- Crown Jewels is a collection of Royal regalia used during the coronation ceremony and other state events. Some of the most jaw dropping items are 530.2 carat Cullinan I diamond (the largest diamond in the world), the famous Koh-i-Nûr diamond as well as an 800-year old coronation spoon.
- The ravens of the Tower of London are well looked after (they eat 170g of raw meat and bird biscuits soaked in blood every day!). Well, they’d better be since according to legend, if the ravens leave the castle the British monarchy will crumble so keep an eye out for the birds!
- White Tower is the oldest part of the Tower of London and is one of the most important historic buildings in the world! You can embark on your own adventure exploring it as well as seeing the Royal Armouries Collection inside.