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The quiet murmuration of the Tower of London
The quiet murmuration of the Tower of London

The quiet murmuration of the Tower of London

It can hardly have escaped your notice that something special is happening at the Tower of London at the moment.

Nov
07
2014
130th anniversary of the closure of Tower of London tube station
130th anniversary of the closure of Tower of London tube station

130th anniversary of the closure of Tower of London tube station

On this day, 130 years ago, the Tower of London station on the London Underground closed. No, not the one we know today, nor that other one you are thinking of. It's in fact the original of the three that closed.

Oct
12
2014
Watch the ancient Ceremony of the Constable’s Dues on Friday
Watch the ancient Ceremony of the Constable’s Dues on Friday

Watch the ancient Ceremony of the Constable’s Dues on Friday

The ancient Ceremony of the Constable’s Dues will take place this coming Friday, as sailors from the German naval ship, FGS Niedersachsen pay the traditional price for the protection offered by the Tower of London.

May
20
2014
A look inside the Lighthouse HQ next to the Tower of London
A look inside the Lighthouse HQ next to the Tower of London

A look inside the Lighthouse HQ next to the Tower of London

For just under 500 years, Trinity House has been looking after the safety of seafarers around the coasts of Britain, but an organisation set up to save people from disaster seems to be rather unlucky with its own buildings.

Feb
05
2013
Time to book tickets for Royal Ceremonies
Time to book tickets for Royal Ceremonies

Time to book tickets for Royal Ceremonies

Early each year is the time to dust off the paper and envelopes and remind yourself of those sticky things people used to put on those envelopes before email - to apply for tickets to some ceremonial events.

Jan
24
2013
See London’s best preserved Roman floor in a Church Crypt
See London’s best preserved Roman floor in a Church Crypt

See London’s best preserved Roman floor in a Church Crypt

If you were to visit a certain Church in the City of London and go down into its crypt museum, almost overlooked under the stairs you can find one of the most perfectly preserved tessellated Roman pavements in the City.

Aug
17
2012
The Queen’s “crystal diamond” arrives at the Tower of London
The Queen’s “crystal diamond” arrives at the Tower of London

The Queen’s “crystal diamond” arrives at the Tower of London

Yesterday evening, just after the last of the tourists were removed (well, almost all of them), a marching band entered the Tower of London, and the Pageantmaster of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Beacons, escorted by Yeomen carried a “crystal diamond”

May
02
2012
Gun Salutes in Hyde Park and at the Tower of London today
Gun Salutes in Hyde Park and at the Tower of London today

Gun Salutes in Hyde Park and at the Tower of London today

As today marks — depending on how you look at it — the 60th anniversary of the death of the Last Emperor of India, or the Accession to the Throne of Queen Elizabeth II, there will be ceremonial gun salutes

Feb
06
2012
Attending the Ceremony of the Constable’s Dues
Attending the Ceremony of the Constable’s Dues

Attending the Ceremony of the Constable’s Dues

The Ceremony of the Constable’s Dues is one of those ancient traditions that the UK is so damn good at, can be indirectly traced back at least 700 years, and is related to the Crown’s authority over the City of

Jan
28
2012
List of Gun Salutes at the Tower of London this year
List of Gun Salutes at the Tower of London this year

List of Gun Salutes at the Tower of London this year

For the list of 2019 gun salutes, go here. Something for your diaries – the list of Gun Salutes that will take place at the Tower of London has been released. Due to the tight space they operate in, if

Jan
13
2012
Beefeaters Beating the Bounds at the Tower of London
Beefeaters Beating the Bounds at the Tower of London

Beefeaters Beating the Bounds at the Tower of London

Occurring every third year, the Yeoman Warders (Beefeaters) and some local school children and Scout groups carry out the Beating the Bounds ceremony where they progress around the edges of the Tower of London Liberties.

Jun
03
2011
Boom! Boom! Boom! Boom….
Boom! Boom! Boom! Boom….

Boom! Boom! Boom! Boom….

If you were by the Tower of London today, your ears might have rung with the Boom Boom Boom Boom of the Queen’s Birthday Salute by the Honourable Artillery Company by the banks of the Thames. 62 Booms in fact

Apr
21
2011

Tickets to the Tower of London are HOW MUCH!?

Over on Twitter earlier I ReTweeted a blog post by The Greenwich Phantom of some photos taken yesterday – the first day that the Greenwich Observatory had imposed a £10 admission fee. A crowd trying to get their photo taken

Mar
09
2011
Cannon fire at the Tower of London
Cannon fire at the Tower of London

Cannon fire at the Tower of London

The list of planned formal Gun Salutes at the Tower of London has been published – should you fancy booking a bit of time off to have your ears deafened by the firing of cannons to celebrate an event or

Jan
12
2011
Why didn’t The Pope get a formal gun salute?
Why didn’t The Pope get a formal gun salute?

Why didn’t The Pope get a formal gun salute?

Sometimes being told something will happen makes you suddenly realise that the same event didn’t take place at some other time. For example, I just received a notice from the Port of London Authority that there will be a gun

Sep
21
2010

Beating the Bounds and Thrashing the Thames

Beating the Bounds is an ancient custom still observed in many English parishes on Ascension Day – the 40th day after Easter – including, fortunately for me, a parish within the City of London. The roots of the tradition go

May
14
2010

Tower Bridge goes Dark for Earth Hour

Lots of buildings turned off their lights last night for an hour to mark the Earth Hour event – and although they were quite late, Tower Bridge eventually went dark – making them the most significant blob of blackness as

Mar
28
2010

Port of London Authority “leaks” General Election Date?

I happen to be on the mailing list for maritime notices from the Port of London Authority. Most are about regulations about using the river. However, some are useful as a “this area is to be closed off” type alert

Jan
15
2010
London Open House – The White Tower
London Open House – The White Tower

London Open House – The White Tower

Another of the London Open House events that needed pre-booking, and this was a visit to the White Tower inside the Tower of London. Unlike the tourists who were a) paying and b) going inside the Tower, we a) didn’t

Sep
20
2009

Watching the Ceremony of the Keys

Another in my periodic series on how to get into places which are not obviously open to the public. This time, I am talking about a venue which is very open to the public, being a major tourist attraction –

Feb
05
2009