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The tube station with a piece of Roman Wall in it
The tube station with a piece of Roman Wall in it

The tube station with a piece of Roman Wall in it

There's a station on the London Underground that if you look carefully enough, you might spy a chunk of ancient Roman Wall peeking out.

Oct
31
2018
Tickets Alert: Flames to fill the Tower of London’s moat
Tickets Alert: Flames to fill the Tower of London’s moat

Tickets Alert: Flames to fill the Tower of London’s moat

The moat of the Tower of London will be filled with thousands of flames for one week only in an act of remembrance for the lives of the fallen during WW1.

Sep
22
2018
Gun Salutes in London during 2018
Gun Salutes in London during 2018

Gun Salutes in London during 2018

Ceremonial military guns go bang bang several times each year in London, at the Tower of London and in the Royal Parks.

Jan
05
2018
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 plan ahead to attend some of the UK's grand pomp and ceremony events for the summer ahead.

Jan
04
2018

Attend the ancient Ceremony of the Keys in the Tower of London

Every night, long after the tourists have been kicked out an ancient ceremony is performed in private inside the Tower of London - the Ceremony of the Keys.

Oct
02
2017
Gun Salutes in London during 2017
Gun Salutes in London during 2017

Gun Salutes in London during 2017

Big guns go bang bang several times each year in London, at the Tower of London and in the Royal Parks.

Jan
04
2017
Attend the Ceremony of the Keys
Attend the Ceremony of the Keys

Attend the Ceremony of the Keys

An ancient ceremony takes place every evening inside the Tower of London, hidden from prying eyes.

Nov
05
2016
Rare ceremony to take place at the Tower of London
Rare ceremony to take place at the Tower of London

Rare ceremony to take place at the Tower of London

If you are in the area on Monday (14th Sept), then there will be a chance to see a fairly rare ceremony take place at the Tower of London.

Sep
12
2015

Gun Salutes in London during 2015

A list of the gun salutes that take place around London during significant events in 2015.

Jan
24
2015
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
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
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

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?

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 and Thrashing the Thames

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

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