Tower of London & Tower Bridge

Tower of London

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.

Tower of London

Tower of London

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!

Tower of London

Traitors' Gate Tower of London
Traitors’ Gate

Tower of London

On another note, the tower served as a menagerie as well, which explained what these lions were doing here:

Tower of London Lion Sculpture
“I hope to convey through the sculpture the presence and power of these animals held in the unnatural confines of the tower” – Kendra Haste

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.

Tower Bridge London

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

“I love London!!”

Have you ever been to Tower of London or Tower Bridge? Did you go inside the tower?

Thanks for reading!

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  • great photos Jessica! so much fun to see iconic building after iconic building around London!

  • Fanatastic photos chica, I see you´ve moved on from Barca, I hope you like London, its just as great of a city! Lots to do and lots to see 🙂 Enjoy

    • Thanks! I actually began my trip in London, but now that it has ended, am going back to flush out more detailed posts. Stay tuned!

  • Oooh! I love your photos, Jessica! I think I said this in a different comment before but I really need to go back to London and see it in greater depth. Also, love the HP flashback 😉

    • Thanks, Daisy! That’s a good point, I’d like to see London in greater depth than breadth (which was this trip of mine). Glad you appreciated that reference 😛

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  • Kim

    The free tour inside the tower is pretty entertaining, but I’d have to say that the Crown Jewels were the most impressive; even though it was a short viewing due to the flat escalator thingee surrounding them!

    • Oh, didn’t know about that free tour! Yeah next time I’d like to go see the Crown Jewels…I imagine they’d be very impressive.

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  • ohh, so the name is tower bridge not london bridge?

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