These days the royal family do not use the Tower of London as a residence, although they still keep the magnificent Crown Jewels here. In the past, the Tower of London has also served as palace, jail, zoo, Royal Astronomy and fortress.
The Beefeaters and their families do continue to live at the Tower, which is like a little village inside. And naturally, there are also ghostly inhabitants: it's no surprise considering there were 119 beheadings (the last in 1747), the mysterious disappearance of the Princes in the Tower, and Henry VIII's dreadful treatment of his wives.
Review by Vinayen C, Mauritius, May 2013
Doing what: The Original London Sightseeing Tour: Hop-on Hop-off
It was my last day in London and I had booked the tour two days back. In 5 hours, I have already visited and learned a lot about London. It was very exciting as I was free to stop and go wherever I want and to travel back by the double decker bus. During that day we started from Piccadilly circus and visited the Big Ben and Parliament, The London Eye, St Paul Cathedral, the London Bridge, The Tower Bridge, The Tower of London, The Buckingham Palace etc... I also enjoyed the free Thames River Cruise between Westminster and Tower Bridge
This is a must to see. We got to see the Crown Jewels and that was amazing. Now it was very busy the Tower of London and we got there at 11.00am but thank god we had already purchased tickets. You can follow a tour guide inside but there was so many people around him you couldn't hear him talking but when you go inside the walls there is a little shop on the right and you can buy these audio guides and just listen to them as you walk around they are really handy. They cost £11.00.
Best part of the trip to London was the visit to the Tower of London. Take the tour provided by the Beefeater who provides interesting pieces of history and insight into the tower's history.