Welcome back to Traveling with Krushworth. We’ve excited you’re with us for the ride in the hustle and bustle of London, England As a global leader, this city stands tall among world capitals, celebrating its epic foundation as Londonium, 2,000 years of history and everything British. On this episode, Lizzy and I visit the iconic palace and prison, the Tower of London Dinner in Chinatown and an over the top show in the West End? Yes please! There’s nothing like like walking through Leicester Square, something to look at, take in, at every glance. We couldn’t help it, we had to go for a shopping trip at, you guessed it, the world famous Harrods department store. You’ll want to climb under the Guildhall to the city’s Roman amphitheatre, Next, Lizzy’s my tour guide at one of her favourite childhood spots, the Natural History Museum. We are actually at the top of Monument and Lizzy, what is this? This was built as a memorial to the Great Fire here in London. And the year was 1666 and we walked up about 9,000 steps. The back of me is quite sweaty. Wouldn’t you say? Very. Euhh. But this is a fantastic place. This is something that Lizzy and I have never done. No, never and we just stumbled upon it. Yes, and so we’ll walk back down and we’re going to show you more of London. See you later. Its shadow cast over the city for almost 1,000 years, the Tower of London is imposing in size, its formidable legacy forever linked with royal power and fear. A status symbol of kings and queens, some of Britain’s grisly and most sorrowful stories, played out here, William the Conquerer’s reign of terror against early Britons, regicide, torture, the Princes in the Tower and Anne Boleyn’s beheading. A near inescapable fortress on the River Thames, these walls, once known for keeping people in, protect the nation’s most important treasures, chief among them, the Crown Jewels of England. I’m at the Tower of London and I am in the room that celebrates the Line of Kings and the armour of King Henry VIII is behind me and as you can see, talk about protecting the, uh, family jewels, if you know what I mean. Revered as one of the world’s earliest museum exhibits, the White Tower’s Line of Kings, in all its forms, has captivated visitors for centuries, from Henry VIII’s armour, built for a slimmer king, to that which was worn by the executed Charles I. From the chapel of St John, where a peasant mob tore a trembling Bishop Simon of Sudbury, in 1381, dragging him from the Norman keep to his death, Lizzy and I are following the footfalls of Henry III and Edward I in the medieval palace. We’re standing at Traitor’s Gate, where criminals and prisoners were brought by boat under St. Thomas’ Tower. Above this water gate, we gazed on the lodgings of Edward I. Soak in the mysteries of the Wakefield Tower audience chamber and private chapel where it’s believed Henry VI was murdered while in prayer, held captive during the War of the Roses. We’re in former cells, in the Salt Tower, where captives etched names, sigils and last messages — remnants of 900 years of prisoners, executions and torment. From Henry Walpole, a Catholic priest who, even under pain of torture, would not name names, and was hung, drawn and quartered for his faith, to Michael Moody, imprisoned for his part in a plot to blow up Queen Elizabeth I’s bed as she slept or poison her, and Hugh Draper, an inn-keeper imprisoned for sorcery, his last known message — an intricate astrological sign. Nothing prepared us for the lower Wakefield Tower; within it, the horrors humans have inflicted upon others, using tools of torture like the scavenger’s daughter to compress, contort bones. A surprising black and white face, greeted us in the Bloody Tower, with more prisoner cravings, scratched into the stones of Beauchamp Tower, a beautiful, yet haunting way for these peoples’ stories to live on in permanence, their thoughts, beliefs, loves, lives lived marked for future generations. One of our favourite places to visit in London, Chinatown, a hub for numerous East Asian cultures, offers many authentic restaurants and a dynamic food culture. Lizzy and I are at Lotus Garden, a hop, skip and a jump from our West End musical. The highlight of our dinner for two? Making our own crispy duck pancakes. The food was fantastic, and we gladly recommend this place to any travellers. Next time we’re in London, we’re sure to spend more time in Chinatown. There’s nothing like visiting Harrod’s. Long a symbol of London, and Britain, and popularized in movies and TV, this opulent department store is one of the largest in Europe. Opened in its Knightsbridge location in 1849, we had an absolute blast touring the awesome food halls. One of the city’s main tourist attractions, Harrod’s isn’t your average department store So this is an amazing place. You can see all kinds of cakes, teas and toys. I’m just going to walk you over to the coffee roasters. You can see them roasting in the background, you see? You’l never guess who I just found in line? We’re taking the Underground to the Guildhall, home to the City of London Corporation, its history stretching to 1067 when William the Conquerer allowed this city to maintain its independent rule. This building’s story spans more than 800 years of lord mayors and powerful guild leaders shaping the London we know today. These walls have seen the best and worst of municipal politics, from everyday governance to the medieval trials and executions that shook a nation. We came for what lies below, this level of heritage dating to AD 70, a time when Roman Londinium thrived. We’re underneath the Guildhall Yard, pushing past the fabric of time to the remnants of the city’s only amphitheatre, one of the largest uncovered in Britain. Built to hold, at most, 10,500 people, it was here in which gladiators did combat, and executions took place as public spectacles. We’ve walked through what was once the amphitheatre’s eastern entrance, finding surprises along the way, original timber drain beams and even the sand, on which ancient feet once trod. I’m excited to bring Kevin to the Natural History Museum, one of my favourite London spots. I have great memories from visiting when I was little. My favourite exhibits are still the dinosaur fossils and the animatronic terrible lizards themselves, realistic and just the right amount of awe inspiring. London’s Natural History Museum, in itself, features a history as unique as its artifacts. Its originator and beneficiary, Sir Hans Sloane willed his massive collection of specimens to Parliament upon his death in 1753. By 1881, the items, once seen in the British Museum, were moved to what was then, a triumphant new museum. Today, this iconic city landmark honours the vision of its first curator, Sir Richard Owen, in the architecture and build, its large halls a cathedral for the wonders of nature. A sometimes controversial pioneer in his own right, Owen coined the word dinosaur, and his clashes with colleagues, especially Charles Darwin, were the stuff of legend. Thank you for watching this episode of Traveling
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