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Tower of London & Theatre

London - 23/2/82 - Sunny 3-6 degrees

Caught train to Tower Hill Station. Walked half way across Tower Bridge - really beautiful bridge. Cool crisp morning with sun shining. Saw remains of old Roman wall. Tower of London huge and dry moat around it beside River Thames on 8-½ acres. Admission 2 pounds each. Went on guided tour of grounds, Traitors Tower, Bloody Tower - big iron gate and spires, execution block - Anne Boleyn, Lady Jane Grey. All executed buried in St. Peter de Vindeculu, little church under floor and altar. Seven ravens always kept in grounds - old superstition - if not there buildings will crumble. Yeomen wardens live in Tudor house buildings with their families.

Visited British Fusilier exhibition (15 p each) from all wars. Then White Tower - heaps of people. Saw all the armoury and weapons through the ages. King Henry VIII had his whole body covered. Armour for horses too. One armour there for man 6'10" tall.

Had lunch by Thames and caught train to St. Paul’s to climb up in dome. 70p each. 544 stairs up to top. Narrow winding wooden stairs and passages. First stopped at Whispering Gallery - so peaceful and majestic looking. Magnificent mosaics and paintings in dome. If quiet and someone whispers on opposite side to you, you can hear quite clearly. Then climbed to next gallery just below dome outside and with view of city. Top gallery on top of dome with view for miles.

Stopped at Ye Olde Scots Tavern in Fleet Street for drink - very crowded with men in business suits. Caught bus to Piccadilly and went shopping down Regent Street. Bought clothes and went to Hamley’s. Piccadilly very alive and exciting area. Bought dresses in Carnaby Lane. Walking to Oxford Circus underground saw magnificent Tudor building. Oxford Circus station unbelievable - millions of people all pushing and racing like a stampede. Took stuff back to hotel and caught bus back to Strand. Went to Ye Old Cock Tavern 1549, sawdust on floor and sloping floors. Had drinks and pork pie and hunks of bread for dinner - very nice. Pork pie and bread cost 2 pounds 40 p. Caught bus back to Strand to go to the Vaudeville. Agatha Christie play, "Cards on the Table” starring Gordon Jackson. Our seats in upper circle 2 pound 50 each. Good play but I was so tired I slept through the whole second act. Caught train home.

Carnaby St

Carnaby St


St Pauls Cathedral

St Pauls Cathedral


Inside St Pauls

Inside St Pauls


St Pauls Cathedral

St Pauls Cathedral


The Strand

The Strand


Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge


Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge


Tower of London

Tower of London


View from top of St Pauls

View from top of St Pauls

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in United Kingdom

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