Pre COVID-19 trip to The Tower of London. The Tower of London is now open again which is great news, of course there are some changes and some parts aren’t open.
The Tower of London
A highlight of the trip was the tour with the Yeoman Warders, also known as ‘Beefeaters’. The tour is included in the ticket price and is a great way to hear tales of intrigue, imprisonment, execution and torture. Sadly, due to COVID-19, the website states these tours aren’t going ahead, and instead the Yoeman Warders are position around the route to answer questions.
Despite getting there early, there was a bit of a queue for the White Tower. The White Tower is home of the Royal Armouries, including the Line of Kings display that includes the armour of Henry VIII, Charles I and James II. It’s amazing to see these beautiful suits of armour up-close.
Of course, the Tower isn’t just for torture and armour, the Crown Jewels are also kept safe here, including the Imperial State Crown, St Edward’s Crown and the Sceptre and rod. It was amazing to see these glittering jewels, and hard to believe they are indeed real and not costume pieces!
‘If the ravens leave the Tower, the kingdom will fall’
Equally as famous as the jewels are the ravens. There are seven adult guardians of the Tower on display and they are free to roam the Tower. They were a lot bigger and more imposing that I had thought! We were also lucky enough to see them feeding.
Finally, the Royal Beasts scupltures are dotted around and is a great, although sad (for animal lovers), way to learn about the Royal Menagerie that became home to over 60 species of animal.
There is also a lot more to see and do, including the Bloody Tower, the Fusilier Museum which has a weighted army backpack – yes, I did try to lift it, no, I didn’t get it off of the ground – and the battlements
Where To Eat
So this is a bit of a cheat as we didn’t eat nearby. Instead, we got the tube to Covent Garden and headed to Homeslice. I hadn’t been before and wanted to try one of the MASSIVE pizzas! I was not disappointed and sitting outside in Neal’s Yarded added to the London-ness of it.