King Henry VIII’s battle armor

This jailer looks familiar…

Tower of London Panorama


Today, The Tower of London, which has been around for a thousand years, along the River Thames, is one of London’s most sought after tourist attractions. It has been the site of egregious and shocking stories of England’s most infamous citizens. Two of the six wives of King Henry VIII were executed here. Anne Boleyn, second wife of King Henry VIII and the most famous, and Catherine Howard. It is said that King Richard III held his nephews, aged 12 and 9, there where they were murdered. Skeletons thought to be those of the two young royals were found beneath a staircase in the tower in the 1600’s.

Not only is the Tower filled with a bloody and terrifying history, it is also home to the Crown Jewels, $32 billion dollars worth! For good reason, you can’t take photos or videos of the jewels so I insisted that Shawn and I went back in line and saw the glittering splendor multiple times! My personal favorite was the Sovereign’s Scepter, which holds the Cullinan I diamond, worth $400 million dollars!

* I suggest arriving early and seeing the Crown Jewels exhibit first because it gets quite crowded as the day goes on. Also, the Tower Bridge, England’s most famous bridge, is within walking distance to the tower. The bridge has a Glass Floor Walkway that is sure to thrill!

Have a lovely day,

~ Kathryn, The Sugared Lemon