Tower of London
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As shining new skyscrapers pop up across the City, it can be hard to believe that this area is London’s oldest " that is, until you come across the Tower of London and its Yeoman Warders (“Beefeaters”). One of the city’s oldest and most historically significant edifices, the Tower was first built by William the Conqueror in 1078. Throughout its history, the Tower has taken on many roles, including royal residence, armoury, menagerie, the home of the Royal Mint, the home of the Crown Jewels (which it remains until today) and perhaps most famously, as a prison and execution site. Some of the more famous inmates here have been Walter Raleigh, the sons of Edward IV (aka the Princes in the Tower), and Anne Boleyn, whose ghost is said to haunt the Tower.
Editor & London Local