"TOWER OF LONDON" Tower of London Tip by hevbell
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Designated as a World Heritage site in the 1980s and located next to the Thames and Tower Bridge, it is home to the British "crown jewels" and has plenty of history attached to it. Many people were executed or held prisoner here. One famous story of 'the Princes in the Tower' is about the sons and heirs of Edward IV who were imprisoned here and then mysteriously disappeared, conveniently handing the thrown to their uncle, Richard III. Others include more than one of Henry VIII's wives and Guy Fawkes, the leader of the failed "Gunpowder Plot" to blow up the Houses of Parliament.
The oldest building in the Tower complex is the White Tower which dominates the view and dates from 1097. The crown jewels (or Coronation Regalia) are located in the Jewel House and include the Sceptre which holds the biggest diamond in the world the "First Star of Africa".
Look out for the 'beefeaters' (officially Yeoman Warders) around the tower, you can't miss them due to their unusual red uniform. They are all ex military of Commonwealth countries who actually have residences within the tower. Originally they were there to guard prisoners and the protect the Crown Jewels but their roles are largely ceremonial and they conduct guided tours.
To avoid queues in high season you can pre-purchase tickets from the website.
Address: St Katharine's & Wapping, London EC3N 4AB
Directions: Tower Hill tube
Phone: +44 844 482 7777
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