A little slice of LondonAll within a hop, skip and a jump
There is so much to see and do in London that often we stroll past a location or a historic site and may not even be aware of its significance.
Therefore, if you’re like me and love delving further into districts to find that little something different. Then take a stroll nearby Tower Hill tube station to see what you can discover within a short walk.
It goes without saying that you will recognise a couple of these landmarks and locations; however, a few others you may not.
Where is Tower Hill in London?
How to get to Tower Hill?
Tower Hill Station is on the Circle Line and the District line
Don’t forget if you have a contactless bank card, you can tap and pay with that.
Discovering LondonA little history on Tower Hill station
Tower Hill comes under the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. However, it is literally within a stone’s throw of the City of London, the financial district.
A few of these spots I’ve mentioned below venture into the City of London.
Tower Hill station opened in 1967 on the site of the original Tower of London station. This station was only open for two years between 1882 and 1884 when it served trains on the District Railway.
A new station was built which then served both the now District Line and the Inner Circle line, which is now the Circle Line. I hope you’re keeping up.
This small area of London has some incredible history, which effortlessly brings us to our first stopping point.
London's Roman HistoryThe London Wall
A section of the ancient Roman Wall that once encircled the City of London can be found just nearby Tower Hill station.
Very little of this 3rd-century wall now remains; however, if you head along Cooper’s Row, you’ll find a segment. It would have been a considerable feat of engineering, as the wall once stood around 9ft wide, 20ft tall and was 2 miles in length.
We have a little book on our shelves that we sometimes delve into when we're about to hit an area of London.
Packed full of historical facts, and broken down into the different regions of London, it's a great resource to help you see what's hidden in plain sight.
Available in Kindle & Hardback editions, it's an excellent addition to anyone's collection who loves London.
A walk through London's historyTower of London
It incredibly has over 1000 years of history for you to discover, and it is so beautifully kept. You’ll be able to march along the ramparts, see the legendary Crown Jewels, and also take a tour with a Yeoman Warder or Beefeaters, as they are also known.
This Royal Palace has witnessed many prisoners and executions in the past, one of its most well-known being Anne Boleyn. The second wife of Henty VIII was executed in the Tower of London in 1536.
A must-see in LondonTower Bridge
A hidden gem in LondonSt Katharine Docks
The docks and surrounding warehouses became heavily damaged during WWII and remained derelict until the 1990s. Today though it is a wonderful place to stroll around and socialise with friends.
It’s full of small boats, bustling bars and restaurants and has such a relaxing vibe.
Where to stay in London
The Tower hill district sits on the edge of the City of London, London's historic financial district.
There are plenty of choices, why not check out Booking.com for something that suits your requirements?
Remembering LondonTower Hill Memorial
Just next to Tower Hill station is The Tower Hill Memorial. It is quite a touching memorial and a lovely tribute to the Merchant Navy and Fishing Fleets.
The memorial was unveiled by Queen Mary in 1928, for the seamen who lost their lives in WWI. Although now it also commemorates the losses from both World Wars.
Relax in LondonTrinity Square and Gardens
Trinity Square Gardens is not only home to the Tower Hill Memorial mentioned above, but it also a lovely little place to sit and take in the pleasant surroundings.
Overlooking the gardens is Trinity House, for James Bond fans you may recognise this building from Skyfall.
It’s good to talk!
A touch of London's historySt Olave’s Church
This lovely little church on the corner of Hart Street and Seething Lane is one of the smallest in the City of London and was built in 1450.
The Medieval church was lucky enough to survive the ravages of the Great Fire of London in 1666.
Samuel Pepys, the diarist, lived nearby and regularly worshipped at St Olave’s church. When he died in 1703, he was buried next to his wife in the nave.
The Great Plague of London broke out just a few streets away, and 300 victims were interred in the tiny churchyard.
If you've yet to discover London and its ancient history, then let's start planning. I find these DK Eyewitness Travel Guides invaluable. They're extremely informative, easy to follow, and the pictures and maps tempt you into discovering more of those fascinating sites.
You can now grab a recently revised copy of this guidebook, so you won't miss a thing.
Peaceful LondonSt Dunstan-in-the-East Church Garden
Last but by no means least is the tranquil gardens in the derelict ruins of St Dunstan-in-the-East. This peaceful little haven located along St Dunstan’s Hill is in the bustling heart of the City of London.
However, you’d think you were a million miles away.
St Dunstan-in-the-East Church was originally built in 1100; it had been repaired many times over the subsequent years. The Great Fire of London severely damaged it in 1666 as Pudding Lane, where the fire is believed to have started, is just a short hop away.
The shell of the church and churchyard has been transformed into a fantastic open-air garden for everyone to enjoy. With rambling shrubs clambering through arched windows, a trickling fountain where the nave once stood and plenty of benches to escape to.
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