The Tower of London is one of the main sights you shouldn't miss on your trip to the English capital. Dive into Britain's rich history as you visit Tower Green, where famous personalities like some of Henry VII's wives were executed, White Tower, where you find an extraordinary collection of weapons,or the Bloody Tower, where the son's of King Edward IV, Edward and Richard, were held after his death, and possibly murdered to help their uncle accede to the throne.
The absolute highlight, however, are the British Crown Jewels on display at the Jewel House. As you make your way in, you watch 27-year-old Queen Elizabeth II at her coronation in 1953; impressive images that prepare you for the even more impressive view of the Imperial State Crown, complete with 2,868 diamonds, 17 sapphires, 11 emeralds, five rubies, and 273 pearls.
The Tower of London was commissioned by William the Conqueror in 1066, and was used as a palace, place of execution, prison, armoury, treasury, and Royal Mint for more than 900 years.
How to get there
The Tower of London is located right by river Thames, on Tower Hill, where you find a tube station of the same name. The station is connected to Circle Line and District Line. If you are walking, take the Tower Bridge as your reference point, as the Tower is located right at the bridge's northern end.