'I'm always looking for the Hows and the Whys and the Whats,' said Muskrat, 'That is why I speak as I do. You've heard of Muskrat's Much-in-Little, of course?'
'No,' said the child. 'What is it?'
- The Mouse and his Child. Russell Hoban.

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Tuesday, 2 November 2010

The Tower of London

The diary account of a mother and daughter's trip to the World continues....
7/9/05 Part 1. Waiting.

Another lovely hot day again. We took an earlier than usual train to Liverpool Street Station (day return: £1 for N and £18 for me - rather a big difference!) then the underground to Tower Hill. We bought tickets for the Tower from one of booths at the entrance. While we were waiting I took some views of the London skyline.

Tower Bridge.

Londoners call the Swiss Bank 'The Gherkin'. It's easy to see why.

St Katherine's dock and the new City Hall.

This view shows part of the Tower moat.

Last time we were here it was bucketing down. I remember peeking out of the underground at the torrential rain and saying to the kids - N was only five then - 'Let's leave it for another day'. Poor N has had to wait nearly ten years.
And the time before that, I was eleven and feeding bits of cornet off my ice cream to the pigeons. No sound guides back then. And you could spend as long as you liked gawping at the jooles.

Our Yeoman Warder ('Beefeater' - but they don't like the term, apparently) was old, grumpy and jaded, and seemed not at all to be looking forward to showing us around, as he stood waiting by the railings with his RT in all his finery in the hot sun.
I suppose it was understandable. He'd probably shown a zillion people around before, and was very hot, to boot. But despite this, he was extremely interesting and we had a great tour.

Next: Part 2. The Tower.


  1. It's a wonder that the ravens didn't attack the kiwis... Nice family holiday memory. Thanks for sharing.

  2. The last time I was in London was 2006 and I saw remarkably little in the circumstances. I've not seen the new City Hall, for example. I cannot remember the last time I was in The Tower it was so long ago. It was probably when my children were young. Ouch. I cannot imagine that I will be returning in the foreseeable future. There may be lots to see but it's also full of people.

  3. YP - The ravens thought we were just run-of-the-mill tourists. They didn't suspect we were Kiwis. We kept our voices downs when we passed them so they didn't catch the accent.

    GB. Yes. Lots of people. But for some reason my usual aversion to cities doesn't manifest itself in London. Or Paris. Or quite a few (possibly all) European urban areas.


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