Since I was in the area (north of the River Thames), I thought it’d be worth my time to see the famous Tower of London and Tower Bridge.
I learned on my tour that the Tower of London held some dark and violent history, as the castle was used as a prison from 1100 to 1952. The peak of its prison use was in the 16th and 17th centuries when many religious and political figures were locked away and tortured (even Elizabeth I was held in these walls before her reign). Perhaps the most interesting figure to me was Anne Boleyn, who was beheaded there in 1536 for treason against Henry VIII. If you’re wondering, yes, I read the book and watched the movie of the name. I also followed The Tudors TV show for a little while, so I can’t help but feel intrigue towards the woman!
On another note, the tower served as a menagerie as well, which explained what these lions were doing here:
Unfortunately, I did not go in (admission was a little steep) but probably should have after hearing about how cool it was from other members of my tour who went. I guess I’ll have to see the Crown Jewels and the resident ravens that are housed there next time!
Right next to Tower of London is Tower Bridge, one of London’s iconic landmarks.
I actually didn’t know it was so iconic before arriving; I always thought that it’d be London Bridge (like in the nursery rhyme). But here’s another (more important) reason why it’s relevant: the bridge shows up in the flight scene of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix!!
Watching that clip again gave me such a thrill because I have now seen and walked around that area of the Thames in person! Next time I go to London, I’m definitely dedicating a day just to tour the Harry Potter filming locations and see Warner Bros. Studios. #hp4life
Have you ever been to Tower of London or Tower Bridge? Did you go inside the tower?
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