Monuments in London: The Tower of London

Visiting London, but unsure of which monuments to go to? We’d recommend you visit the Tower of London! This Medieval monument has something for everyone, from solo travellers to families and everyone in-between.

The Tower of London is a historic building dating back to the Middle Ages. It was built by William the Conqueror in the 1070s. William, originally from France, defeated King Harold Godwinson at the Battle of Hastings making him the King of England. He built the Tower as a sign of his royal power and because he was afraid of a rebellion. The Tower has a rich and complex history, but what is it exactly? A fortress, a palace or a prison?

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Throughout British history, the Tower has both been a symbol of awe and fear. Its primary purpose was as a fortress to protect the city and the citizens of London. However, since its construction, it has been used for many different purposes. Up until the 17th century it was used as a royal residence, some monarchs used it as a luxurious palace, it has also been home to the royal mint, at one point it was a governmental records office, it has also been a jewel house, an observatory, an armoury, and even a zoo! Nevertheless, it is most well known for being a state prison. From 1100 to 1952 many Kinds and Queens used the Tower to imprison their rivals and enemies.

Nowadays this UNESCO World Heritage Site is an extremely popular tourist attraction. Located next to Tower Bridge, this grand structure is hard to miss. It is pretty big and there are plenty of things for you to enjoy while visiting. To learn more about the Tower’s history and about those who were imprisoned, tortured and executed there, go on a guided tour with one of The Yeoman Warders, the Tower’s guards. Afterwards, you should visit the oldest and most important part of the Tower: The White Tower. When it was built, in the late 11th century, it was one of London’s tallest buildings. Inside you can visit an exhibition dedicated to suits of armour and swords. Then, why not stroll along the Tower’s walls. From here, not only will you be able to view the Tower’s grounds from above, you will also get amazing views of London and the River Thames. If you only have time to do just one thing, you must visit the Crown Jewels collection! Here you can see and marvel at some of the British Monarchy’s most spectacular royal Jewels. Some of which are still used today.

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What other monuments have you visited in London? What would you recommend, and do you have some top tips to share?

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Easter Egg Hunts

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It’s Easter time! For most Italians, that probably means eating a huge amount of food on Sunday, followed by a ‘Pasquetta’ party on Monday, perhaps involving a grill. However, one of the biggest Easter traditions for Americans and Brits is the Easter Egg Hunt! What is it, and why is it so popular, you might ask? Your Scrambled Eggs team is here to provide the answers!

What is an Easter Egg Hunt?

Traditionally, an Easter Egg Hunt is for younger children. Adults are usually responsible for organising the event, and they hide chocolate eggs or painted eggs outside, often in a garden or park. Later in the day, the children are encouraged to search for these gifts that they believe have been left by the Easter Bunny. Sometimes there can be a winner of a competition, such as the child who finds the highest number of eggs, or on other occasions the eggs are shared around all the children. Each Easter Egg Hunt comes with its own rules and traditions.

Why Is It So Popular?

Firstly, these events are great fun for the children as they must search in the flowers, bushes and hidden parts of the garden to find all of the eggs! Most importantly however, it’s a wonderful opportunity to encourage children to run around outside on a holiday that is based around eating a lot (and in particular a lot of sugar!). Parents usually love the Hunt as their children are outside and active, and they can participate with their friends and work together to find the eggs. Finally, and perhaps best of all, the more eggs that you find the more chocolate you can eat!

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Did you know that Easter Egg Hunts originally started around the 1700s? Easter is always in Spring, and as the bunny is a symbol of the season people thought that they brought good luck, and should be celebrated. The first Easter Egg hunts didn’t involve chocolate eggs, these were introduced later as traditions evolved.

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Una giornata a Londra: cosa fare in 24 ore

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Londra è conosciuta come la città che non dorme mai. Con una storia di oltre 2000 anni che risale all’epoca dell’Impero Romano e con così tante cose da fare e da vedere, ci vorrebbero settimane per godersi al meglio questa città. Ecco allora una lista di cose da fare assolutamente a Londra in sole 24 ore!

Per prima cosa, iniziate la vostra giornata concedendovi una tipica English Breakfast che potrete trovare nella maggior parte dei pub! La colazione all’inglese offre molta scelta e può essere accompagnata da bevande calde come tè e caffè. Non si tratta solo di una buona occasione per provare la tradizione culinaria locale, ma vi darà anche molta energia per affrontare la giornata.

Una volta saziati da questa grande colazione, incamminatevi verso il Palazzo di Westminster e il Big Ben. Da qui, potrà iniziare il vostro vero e proprio tour, con la visita dell’abbazia di Westminster, Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park, Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Squadre e Covent Garden! Girare a piedi è il modo migliore per ammirare Londra anche dal punto di vista architettonico; vi serviranno circa 2 o 3 ore per vedere tutto. Assicuratevi di arrivare a Buckingham Palace in tempo per vedere il Cambio della Guardia (tutti i giorni alle 11:00).

A questo punto sarà già ora di pranzo! Prendete la metropolitana fino a Camden Town, dirigetevi a Camden Market e assaporate lo street food migliore della città. Potrete passare l’intero pomeriggio esplorando Camden, i suoi mercati e i suoi canali, oppure potrete prendere un drink al famosissimo e imperdibile pub The World’s End. Altrimenti, perché non visitare alcuni degli altri mercati più famosi della città? Alle bancarelle di Portobello e Old Spitalfields potrete acquistare dei fantastici pezzi d’antiquariato. In caso di pioggia, i musei di Londra (per la maggior parte gratuiti) sono un buon rifugio dove poter approfondire anche la vostra conoscenza della cultura inglese.

Ma una visita a Londra non può dirsi completa senza un bel panorama. Per una vista mozzafiato della città alle luci del tramonto, andate verso Primrose Hill a Regent’s Park. In alternativa, per vedere gratuitamente da vicino i più bei grattacieli di Londra, a Sky Gardens potrete sorseggiare un cocktail godendovi il panorama! P.s. Per evitare la coda, è consigliato prenotare in anticipo.

Per concludere al meglio la vostra giornata londinese, consigliamo una visita a Shoreditch, un quartiere vivace e di tendenza nella parte est della città. Qui potrete anche fare un giro a Brick Lane, dove ammirare stupende opere di street art e assaggiare del pollo al curry di qualità in una delle tantissime “curry house”. Una curiosità: lo sapevate che il pollo al curry è uno dei piatti nazionali preferiti? Terminate la giornata con qualche drink e, perché no, con un ballo in uno dei bar più trendy di Shoreditch.

E tu? Sei mai stato a Londra? Hai qualche altro suggerimento da aggiungere alla visita di questa fantastica città?