Tower of London
Built by William the Conqueror, a tower has stood on the north bank of the River Thames since the early 1080s. It was used as a royal residence, particularly in the run-up to a coronation, and later became a prison for some notable traitors. After Henry VIII's break with Rome, the tower became synonymous with political prisoners, including Sir Thomas More, and even in later years Elizabeth I. Anne Boleyn was also executed on the lawn of the tower. It wasn't until the 19th century that the tower became a popular tourist attraction, which it remains to this day, although the last execution was as recent as 1941. There are different parts that make up the Tower of London, from the execution place Tower Green to the Medieval Palace, White Tower and the priceless Crown Jewels. The Imperial State Crown alone has 2,868 diamonds, 273 pearls, 17 sapphires, 11 emeralds and five rubies. Since the end of the 19th century the skyline from Tower of London has an added landmark, Tower Bridge and crossing it will bring you to the attractions of the South Bank, including Borough Market and London Eye.
Hotels and BnBs near Tower of London
The Tower of London is based on the edge of East London, which has some great value cheap London hotels, still with good transport links to Central London and West London. For budget hotels near the Tower of London try Great Dover Street Apartment Rooms, located south of the river in Southwark, or head for the three-star Holiday Inn Express London Limehouse, which is situated in the heart of the historic Docklands for easy access to City Airport, Greenwich and the O2 Arena, as well as the Tower of London. For those keen to stay at a well-known brand, Holiday Inn Express Southwark is also nearby. TravelStay.com has a selection of bed and breakfasts near Tower of London, university rooms and private apartments such as House 519 near Limehouse. So whatever your choice, make sure you check out TravelStay.com and search now for the best rates.
Tower of London Address
City of London
Tower of London telephone number: 0844 482 7777
Map of Tower of London
London Transport to Tower of London
Nearest Tube: Tower Hill
Tube Lines: Circle and District Lines
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