Dining where kings and queens once lived
Perhaps the most recognizable of London’s many wonderful attractions (it’s certainly the most visited, attracting more than three million people a year), the Tower of London – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – has long played a role in British history.
Started in 1078 by William the Conqueror to guard both London and the Thames, this beautifully preserved structure located on the heart of the City has at one time or another served as fortress, prison, and palace. These days, its ramparts, towers and endless corridors echo to the sound of visitors from home and abroad, all of them eager to discover for themselves a little of the drama and intrigue that has for centuries gone on here.
But for those looking for something a little different, why not get a group together and book a luxurious after-hours Tower dinner party? Options include:
- The White Tower: Dining in the upper levels of the castle’s iconic main tower offers guests incredible views over the Thames and Tower Bridge, as well as a private peek into adjoining rooms once lived in by Henry VIII and Charles I
- The Jewel House: An after-hours function in the home of the Crown Jewels offers guests a unique opportunity to enjoy the magnificent Hall of Monarchs before sitting down to dinner (the jewels will be safely locked up!)
- The Martin Tower: The former storehouse of the Crown Jewels is an intimate space overlooking the Tower’s grounds that boasts a cosy sheltered patio and the chance to have dinner knowing you’re pretty close to some 12,314 royal diamonds
- St Thomas’ Tower: More than 700 years old and once the focal point of the Tower’s residential quarters, guests have the unique experience of dining in King Edward 1sts colourful 13th century bedchamber
Whatever option you choose, you’ll also have the rare honour of witnessing the centuries old Ceremony of the Keys when the resident Beefeaters lock up the Tower after you (a truly incredible experience!).
Other fun opportunities at the Tower of London include the annual Attack the Tower event when visitors choose to join either the knights in their shining armour defending the castle or the peasant hoards hell-bent on teaching them a lesson on equality; and Open Air Cinema, presented each August by Luna Cinema and affording the chance to relax on the Tower’s lawns with a picnic while enjoying a night of classic movies under the stars.
GROUP BOOKINGS (for 15 or more people)
Group booking line:
From UK: 0844 482 7770
From abroad: +44 (0)20 3166 6000
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