One of my favorite sightseeing trips while on a recent trip to London was spending the day at The Tower of London. The tower was originally built as a fortress in 1078 by William the Conqueror to protect London and also served as a royal residence and symbol of power. Over the years it has served as an armoury, a royal mint, and once housed a collection of exotic animals. Today the tower is home to the Crown Jewels of England and the Line of Kings royal armory collection. The tower is also a World Heritage site.
A magnificent view awaits as you first step toward the entrance to the tower. The contrast of the historic fortress and tower set against the backdrop of the modern skyscrapers of the London skyline is quite a sight to behold.
First on our list of things to do was to see the Crown Jewels of England. This amazing exhibit of the coronation regalia includes not only the crowns, but the coronation robes, orbs, rings, and sceptres used at the coronation ceremony. The exhibit also includes the table pieces used at the banquet that follows the ceremony. Sorry, no pictures are allowed, but I’m not sure that pictures would have done any of these pieces justice as all of the items are housed in glass. These spectacular pieces really do need to be seen seen in person. My advice to see the Crown Jewels would be to get there as early as possible and go directly to the exhibit which is located on the first floor of the Waterloo Barracks. We walked right in at around 10:30am with no wait time but saw long lines outside the building later in the day.
My choice of clothing for the day was a pair of black skinny jeans and a light weight beige colored sweater worn over a black camisole. I just love the combination of black and beige because it provides a casual yet classy look. The Riley Waterproof Mid Boot by Rockport proved to be the perfect choice for the day. The above the ankle bootie has memory foam in the foot bed and a fur liner to keep your feet warm. These boots also offer a big bonus because they are waterproof. The weather for most of the day actually turned out to be quite pleasant, around high sixties. However, right before we were ready to leave, the clouds began to loom overhead and we found ourselves in a light rain, so I was glad I had worn these boots.
The Royal Armory collection was also fascinating. The Line of Kings exhibit, which has lasted for over 300 years, is absolutely amazing. The exhibit features royal armour and carved wooden horses, some of which are over 300 years old. You can see the armour of Henry VIII, Charles I, and King James II. The exhibit is located in the White Tower.
The detail of some of the armour is amazing.
Walking around the tower grounds is fascinating.
You can walk around the outside wall of the tower and also catch a perfect view of the Tower Bridge from inside the grounds.
Guards still stand outside what was at one time the Queens residence.
It’s true, it’s impossible to make the guards laugh or even flinch.
If you ever have the chance to visit London, I would highly suggest spending a day at the Tower of London.
Until the next post, stay stylish and comfortable.