"A touch of the Tudors for your tree!" Souvenirs Tip by CatherineReichardt

Souvenirs, London: 31 reviews and 40 photos

  Add a touch of Tudor to your Christmas tree!
by CatherineReichardt

Gift shop at the Tower of London

What to buy: I am a sucker for gift shops at museums and national monuments, and often use these as places to pick up memorabilia to garnish our exceedingly unorthdox Christmas tree. In the case of the Tower of London, I was chuffed to find some proper Christmas tree ornaments - usually I have to resort to taking ordinary souvenirs and 'repurposing' them - in this case, figures of Henry VIII, Catherine Parr and the White Rose of the House of York.

These particularly appealed to me because if there were ever a monarch that lent himself to a padded image, it was Henry in later life! I couldn't justify the expense of six wives (although if you have the money and the inclination, why not opt for historical accuracy?), so I plumped for Catherine Parr, on the basis that she is not only my namesake, but was also the one that was smart enough to outlive him!

Address: Various
Theme: Local Craft

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Dec 19, 2011
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