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White Tower

2 months of rain in one day!

Stay home, do not drive!

These were the headlines that we faced on Thursday night, with that we made the decision not to travel to Bath for Friday and Saturday. With the plan to go out to Bath washed away (literally!) we were forced to stay in London for 2 more days that we had not planned for. We decided to go to St Pauls and then onto Tower of London (thanks for the tip Josie!), unfortunately St Pauls was closed for "some emergency" and it was unknown when it would be opened again that afternoon. Onto Tower of London!

The Tower of London is the oldest palace, fortress and prison in Europe.

Stealing the Jewels
After entering the tower, we decided to join the Yeoman Warder tour. Yeoman Warders were originally King Henry VIII's bodyguards and still reside within the Tower of London. The gentleman that took us on the tour was amazing. He had a great knack of telling a story (plenty of practice I suppose) and the stories that he told were amazing! He talked of the Bloody Tower, Traitors Gate, The White Tower and the legend of the Ravens. (6 ravens must be present at White Tower at all times otherwise the Tower and British Commonwealth will fall!) Just to prove that they are not superstitious, they keep 2 spare ravens :)

We spent a good 3 hours inside Tower of London, walking around all the areas, being awed by the crown jewels and the 'theft of the crown jewels' play. It was very entertaining, and we enjoyed the afternoon.

Inside the Armoury
After the Tower of London we grabbed some lunch before walking over the Thames via the Tower Bridge.

The Tower Bridge is just outside Tower of London and if we were waiting for the bridge to open, we would be waiting a long time :) The bridge rarely opens these days, and must be booked well in advance (24 hours) when it is required, The Spit it's not! The bridge is very grand and when a strong wind blows (as it was on Friday) takes quite a long time to walk over :)

For dinner on Friday night we caught up with Josie and Caed for a few drinks at some traditional English pubs, one in the OLDEST English pub before heading off to 'Smiths of Smithfield' in the Meatpacking District (Farringdon) It was a great dinner, some fantastic company and afterwards we stopped off for a few cocktails. The walk home was entertaining, and let's just say that we took the scenic route with it taking a lot longer :)

the_nicholsons says:
Glad to hear that you guys are ok - shame about missing out on Bath though!
Loving the photos and hope your enjoying yourselves. :)
Posted on: Jul 24, 2007
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White Tower
White Tower
Stealing the Jewels
Stealing the Jewels
Inside the Armoury
Inside the Armoury
King Jenry VIII was a big fella!
King Jenry VIII was a big fella!
Looking down the stairs inside Whi…
Looking down the stairs inside Wh…
Looking at the Museum
Looking at the Museum
Tower Bridge
Tower Bridge
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