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The medieval Jewel Tower is a fascinating addition to an itinerary of things to do in London

Published: Thursday 27th of September 2012

People looking for things to do in London could seek out a hidden gem in the capital - the Jewel Tower.

This little-known building is one of just two complete buildings that remain from the medieval Palace of Westminster, the other being Westminster Hall. The rest of the palace was destroyed in an 1834 fire.

The tiny tower was commissioned by Edward III in around 1365, and is called the Jewel Tower or the King's Privy Wardrobe because it was originally built to house the personal treasures of the king.

Architecture fans will enjoy the fact that the jewel tower has a ribbed vault, and ornate ceiling carvings from the 14th century are also on display.

It also features a fascinating exhibition surrounding the history of Parliament titled Parliament Past and Present, as well as an exhibition on the history of Weight and Measures.

Being situated at the heart of Westminster, the Jewel Tower makes for a perfect addition to a day out in London, with Big Ben and Westminster Hall nearby.

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Posted by Michael Edwards

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