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The Tower of London

Trip Over to London

Indulging my passion for history and bringing back memories, I hadn’t been to visit the Tower of London since I went on a school excursion a very long, long time ago!! Not to mention my great fascination for standing in places where some historical figure stood centuries before me, albeit, Anne Boleyn was getting her head lopped off, and fortunately I wasn’t. Being in a building that was built 1000 years ago and learning all about what has gone on there in in the past thousand years is unbelievably interesting.

The White Tower, the main tall building that once dominated the London skyline, was built in 1078, by William the Conqueror and was extended and added to for the next few hundred years. Throughout its life it has been used as a palace, an armoury, a zoo, the Royal Mint, and a prison right up until 1952.

To get to the Tower catch the Circle or District tube lines to Tower Hill, then follow the signs to the Tower. As you leave the station you will see a huge chunk of the old city walls from the original Roman city of Londinium, built 2000 years ago. I love an old wall, and this is a serious wall, 3 metres thick, now being guarded by a bronze statue of the Emperor Trajan.

As you walk through the tunnel under the road there are modern art works depicting various London scenes, then you emerge on to the path that leads you around outside the Tower walls with many photo opportunities, then down the hill to the entrance at the West Gate. Having become a member of the Historic Royal Palaces, I was able to avoid the queues for tickets, but did have to join the bag checking queue. A sad reality of life these days, where a few lunatics have made it so these airport style safety checks are necessary everywhere.

Look for the meeting point for the Yeoman Warders Tours, we used to call these guys Beefeaters, no one knows exactly why – maybe they ate the beef??? Now they prefer to be called Yeoman Warders, except on their birthday when, I have heard, they are presented with a bottle of Beefeater Gin. Once you join the group, these tours are free and run every 30 minutes, they start by telling stories of the history of the Tower.

Our Warder was telling a very interesting story about a few chaps called Simon, who were all beheaded at the tower. Simon Sudbury, Archbishop of Canterbury, it took a rather gruesome, eight blows to his neck to get the job done in 1381. Then there was Simon Fraser, the 11th Lord Lovat, he was the last person to be beheaded at the Tower, beheaded for treason in 1747 at the Tower. There were so many people who came to view this beheading that the viewing platform collapsed killing 20 of them! The story was just getting to the part where it doesn’t pay to be called Simon in England, which I found very amusing as I have a good friend in England called Simon……………when the tour was suddenly called off…………

Tour tip – Don’t put your umbrella up!! While the Warder was in full flight telling fantastic stories there were a few drops of rain, people started getting their umbrellas ready, then there were a few more drops of rain and a few of us (yes, I was one of them…) put our umbrellas up. Straight away the Warder called off the tour, saying he always does that as soon as umbrellas start going up…..so we were on our own now……..everything is fairly well signposted, so you know what you are looking at and there is plenty of information telling you all about each section of the Tower, but the Yeoman Warders do add that extra touch with very animated stories.




The Yeoman Warders and their families live on site in rooms and houses in the walls of the Tower. They have their own pub, The Keys, which is not open to the public, only the Warders and their invited guests can go there. They have their own community within the Tower walls, but I believe some have houses elsewhere to go to, to get some time away from the never ending hordes of visitors to the Tower.

The queue to get in to see the Crown Jewels was huge, snaking around the queuing area and then going for a further 200 metres down the hill – nothing could make me join that queue. This is one of the advantages of becoming a member of the Historic Royal Palaces – members don’t pay to enter the Tower of London, so I decided to come back another day to see the Crown Jewels. But I can understand if you only have a one day ticket you want to make the most of it, maybe leave half your group in the queue while half goes off to see everything, then swap places……….or just forget it!! I went back the following week and there was no queue at all – the luck of the draw.

St John’s Chapel on the 3rd floor of the White Tower, is the oldest surviving chapel of the Norman era and they still hold services there on Sunday mornings. Henry lll had the Chapel redecorated in 1240 with the addition of stained glass windows. The Knights of Bath held an all-night vigil in the Chapel on the eve of Henry lV’s coronation, and this ceremony continued to be held until 1559 for the coronation of Elizabeth l.

There are various art installations around the Tower grounds. The Historic Royal Palaces commissioned artist, Kendra Haste, to create wire sculptures to commemorate some of the many animals gifted to the Tower – lions, a polar bear, baboons, even an elephant. These exotic animals made up London’s first zoo, from the 1200s to the 1800s. Any surviving animals were moved to what is now London’s Zoo in Regent’s Park.

As you walk around the battlements you will come across metal sculptures of Guards defending the Tower with various weapons – not to mention a few actors dressed up ready to re-enact some of the goings on at the Tower.

In 2006 a memorial to those who lost their heads at Tower Green was unveiled near the execution site, designed by British artist, Brian Catling, a circular piece of glass with a glass pillow in the centre. A peaceful place to reflect on what a brutal society we once were……..

The Armoury in the White Tower houses a gleaming display of armour and weaponry. It seemed quite a laborious task to get both man and horse were kitted out for battle. There is an enormous dragon sculpture there made from all manner of bits and pieces from the armoury, shields, helmets, guns, ammunition, etc.

When you have had enough of the torture and violence, head over to St Thomas’s Tower and see the far more relaxing recreation of Edward l’s bedchamber.

Last, but by no means least – The jet black ravens that live at the Tower are, according to legend, holding the whole thing together. The legend being that if the ravens every leave the Tower and the Kingdom will fall, so by Royal Decree there must be a minimum of six ravens on site, but the Raven Keeper does have a few extras, just in case! Seems to be working, so far……

While in London you might like to visit the beautiful Kew Gardens, take a walk from Camden Town along Regent’s Canal, or if you are in London at the right time of year, visiting the Chelsea Flower Show is very inspirational, even for a non-gardener like me!

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Itinerary for my Trip Over to London

Flew from Sydney to London Heathrow via Singapore, with Qantas on QF1, then QF2 to come home.

Stayed at the Royal Overseas League in St James’s.

Picked up at Heathrow by Naz from Black Lane Limos.

Travelled around London using a Visitor Oyster Card.

In Hyde Park Sydney, this very stylish little bird house......at least that's what I think it is!!
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The base of the QVB Christmas Tree going through the ceiling of the ground floor on it's way up to the dome on the roof.
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Walking down my street in the rain on my way to work, yet another bad hair day!!
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The top of the QVB with the star up in the dome.
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And there's the Martin Place Christmas Tree with the star on top.
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The central pathway through Sydney's Hyde Park that goes from Macquarie St, padt the Archibald Fountain, across Park St, to the War Memorial.
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Let me out!! Bright pink flowers escaping through the fence.
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Vivid Sydney at the QVB.
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The Great Australian Clock hanging in the Queen Victoria Building in the Sydney CBD.
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As part of Vivid Sydney, this is the light show on Customs House in Circular Quay. It was a bitterly cold night so the crowds were down - perfect!!🥂
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The park in the cbd of Sydney that has become my lunchtime breath of fresh air.
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Great balls of Cactus at the Art Gallery Road entrance to Sydney's Royal Botanic Gardens.
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The main dome on Sydney's Queen Victoria Building in the afternoon sun.
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The giant art installation in Sydney's Royal Botanic Gardens, called Sea of Hands, winding its way down from the Art Gallery Road gates.
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Playing chess in Hyde Park, Sydney. Just up from the entrance to St James Station.
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The front entrance to the old Sydney Post Office, in Martin Place, now the Fullerton Hotel.
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Construction begins on the Christmas tree in Sydney's Martin Place.
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Not sure what these are going to be when they grow up, but they're a nice spot of colour near the Hyde Park Chess Set. I'll have to go back and see if they have grown up!
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Visit Sydney's Royal Botanic Gardens for a calm break just near the cbd.
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The QVB Christmas tree rising up through the floors towards the dome.
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Beautiful pink flowers to brighten up an autumn day in Sydney's Royal Botanic Gardens.
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These little flowers are loving all the rain in Sydney, me, not so much ⛈!
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Beautiful foxgloves in Martin Place Sydney, these flower beds are a lovely way to bring Sydney out of lockdowm.
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A glimpse of blue shy between down pours of torrential rain over Sydney. The Archibald Fountain in Sydney's Hyde Park, with St Mary's Cathedral in the background.
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Martin Place in the Sydney CBD, looking from the George St end, over the flower beds full of foxgloves, down towards the fouuntain across Pitt St.
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At the Pitt Street end of Martin Place in the Sydney CBD, the fountain designed by Lloyd Rees in fron of the amphitheatre and the beautiful Commonwealth Bank building. The fountain was in 2 of the Matrix films, and Superman!
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One of the most magnificent buildings in Sydney, not to mention great shopping!
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Sandstone sculpture in Sydney's Hyde Park, representing Earth, Fire and Water.
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Very impressive row of huge old trees in Hyde Park, Sydney. Walking in Hyde Park in my lunch break is my new thing.
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Looking down the George St side of the QVB from Market St. Originally built as a market building, now a lovely shop, eat or just admire,
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A very tropical looking section of Hyde Park in Sydney, it has been such a hot, rainy and humid summer these plants are enjoying it a lot more than I am!!
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Outside the York St entrance to the QVB, showing the fan of stained glass windows, and all the amazing details only see on old buildings. Why can't they make buildings like this anymore????
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Happy New Year - wishing you all the best for a fabulous 2022 🥂🥳!!
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Still dreaming of travel.....
Prague, Berlin, Ljubljana
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The base of the Martin Place Christmas Tree in place ready for the next layer to go up.
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Queen Victoria sitting outside the Druitt St entrance to the Queen Victoria Building in the Sydney CBD.
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From Sydney's Royal Botanic Gardens, the view across Faarm Cove to the Sydney Opera House, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the North Sydney CBD across the harbour.
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St Mary's Cathedral across the road from Hyde Park in Sydney. The spires were only added in 2000, prior to that there were just the two square towers with flat tops.
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St Mary's Cathedral behind the Archibald Fountain in Sydney's Hyde Park.
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The arches and balconies on the 3 upper levels of the QVB, with glimses of the Christmas tree going up to the dome in the centre.
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Lovely lace locked spiral staircase leading to a small locked door in Sydney's QVB - does anyone know where it goes and who gets to go there??
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The tree lined path near the NSW Art Gallery, on the way to Sydney's Royal Botanic Gardens.
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The Darling Harbour Ferris Wheel, surrounded by the highrise jungle that is developing in that area, not a person in site!! Yet another soulless enclave!
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At the George St end of Martin Place in Sydney's CBD, this building used to be the Commercial Banking Corporation of Sydney, now a fabulous Burberry store, looking over the raised flower beds full of foxgloves in Martin Place.
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Autumn colours at Sydney's Royal Botanic Gardens.
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The Sea of Hands art installation in Sydney's Royal Botanic Gardens.
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As much as the Martin Place Christmas tree always looks good - it's the same every year. I think we are due for something else. This one is great for the people visiting Sydney, but for thise of us who live here - can we please have a new style and colour next year????
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A cassowary growing in Sydney's Royal Botanic Gardens, I'll have to go back to see how it is growing and post some updates.....
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