Founded in 1066, it's safe to say that the Tower of London has been busy over the centuries, and it's certainly earned a bit of a reputation for doing so. Fortress, prison, royal residence, and resting place of the Crown Jewels, the Tower of London has done it all and continues to be one of the most popular tourist attractions in the country. This is the site where King Henry VIII executed two of his wives and where Elizabeth I was imprisoned by her sister Queen Mary I for treason. Highlights of the grounds include the White Tower, built by William the Conqueror and the chapel of St Peter ad Vincula, which is supposedly haunted by the ghost of Anne Boleyn. Even if you aren’t interested in ghost stories the history within these walls is worth the trip.
While admission does seem a bit steep, it does cover entry into the Tower, the Crown Jewels, any exhibits that are currently running, and a tour, guided by a Yeoman Warder (also known as a Beefeater—just don't call them that). You can even save £1 if you book online in advance.
Vertical Chill opened in June 2003 and is situated inside Ellis Brigham's Tower House Covent Garden... Read more