The Tower of London

Perhaps you've read our previous blog and realised that booking with us is a great choice, and now that you've booked your apartment in a prime location of London, you might be looking for things to do around the area. Guests of our apartments are spoiled for choice as we're located near many popular sights and iconic buildings in London. We've previously looked into the HMS Belfast, some of the city's most charming churches, and other sights nearby but today we thought we would explore the Tower of London.

The Tower of London is arguably one of the most famous sights in the city of London. If you're travelling through the city it would be a waste to miss visiting this historic castle. This grand structure is home to the Crown Jewels, the Royal Armories, the Bloody Tower and the Chapel of St. John. With nearly 3 million visitors last year alone, the Tower of London is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the whole country, and has been popular for a lot longer than most would presume; the Crown Jewels have been on public display for hundreds of years, dating back since 1669. Gaining steady popularity, visitor numbers grew so high that a purpose-built ticket office was built in 1851. The Tower of London has previously served as a zoo, a prison (the Kray twins being the infamous last prisoners), an armoury and a Royal Palace.

This historic sight is a fantastic choice for families, couples and individuals as it offers something for everyone. Those with a keen interest in English heritage will thoroughly enjoy learning about the tower's history, and there are often events and interactive experiences that all visitors can enjoy. For disabled guests, the Tower of London has dedicated facilities & tours with wheelchair hire available also. Visitors can even indulge in a meal or a light snack at one of their four eateries, or if you prefer, (and the weather allows!) people are encouraged to bring a picnic on the grass of the Tower Moat. If anyone wants to have something to remember their experience by, feel free to shop for souvenirs, jewellery and gifts at one of their shops (non-EU residents can buy tax-free).

Tickets online on the Historic Royal Palaces website are £21.50 for an adult and £9.70 for a child, and is always the cheaper option than buying tickets there on the day. If you've already purchased The London Pass you can get free entry to the Tower of London and a 10% discount in all the gift-shops, saving you time and money! Between Tuesday-Saturday the castle is open from 9:00-17:30 and from Sunday-Monday 10:00-17:30. 

Finally, for those unfamiliar with the area, you might be wondering where you'll need to go from our apartments to get to the Tower of London... well, fear not - you may have already noticed it on your way to us! You can walk from our apartments to the Tower of London in around ten minutes. Click on our locations page for a map and more information on our area. We hope you manage to go and enjoy this fantastic sight and take full advantage of our great location. If you haven't booked your luxury serviced apartment with us yet, click here now for more information.