Enjoy the Tower of London Sunday service


If you are in London on a Sunday, then it is worth visiting the special weekly service at the Tower of London.

The services are held at the Chapel Royal of St. Peter ad Vincula, with Holy Communion at 9.15am and Matins (sung) at 11am. Services take place every Sunday apart from during August and the Sundays after Christmas and Easter.

Of course, it makes sense to combine your Sunday visit with a look around the Tower of London.

A part of London’s history for more than 1,000 years, the Tower was built by William the Conqueror in 1066 to keep out potential troublemakers and dissenters. It is now home to the Crown Jewels and is a must see for thousands of tourists each year.

One of the highlights is the guided tour around the Tower, with plenty tales of macabre and intrigue. Entry for adults costs £24.50 and £11 for children, although there are reduced priced tickets available if booked online before the day of your visit.

As well as the Tower of London, the area is also home to a wide number of great London attractions so why not make a day of it?

Coca-Cola London Eye

This world famous Ferris Wheel is located on the South Bank of the River Thames and has been open since 2000. It offers a great way to get a stunning view of the capital city and provides a fab photo opportunity.

It was originally designed by husband and wife architect team David Marks and Julia Barfield as part of the millennium celebrations and at 135 feet it remains the world’s largest cantilevered observation wheel.

London Eye
Trips last around 30 minutes and on a sunny clear day, you can see up to 40 km taking in many of London’s key attractions.

Take a tour of HMS Belfast

HMS Belfast is permanently docked close to the Tower of London and is a must for naval fans.

The Royal Navy light cruiser was launched in 1939 by the wife of Neville Chamberlain. It played a key role in blockading the northern Atlantic during the second world war as well as being involved in the Korean War.

Once it retired in 1963, the craft found at new home close to the Imperial War Museum and can be found moored at Queen’s Walk on the River Thames.

Visitors to HMS Belfast can explore the ship’s nine decks and find out more about its naval activities, as well as the role of the British navy.

Tickets cost £16 for adults and £8 for children aged between five and 15 years of age.

Design Museum

Another option for a day out exploring the area around the Tower of London is the London Design Museum.

The museum is open every day from 10am to 5.45pm and is dedicated to showcasing the development of modern design ideas in a whole range of industries including architecture, fashion, graphics and manufacturing.

Regular special exhibitions are held on a regular basis at the museum so there is always something unusual to see.

Admission costs £13.65 for adults, £10.25 for concessions, £6.85 for children and while those under six are given free entry.

The attraction is 15 minutes’ walk from London Bridge national rail and underground stations, the museum was established by Terence Conrad in 1990.

The London Bridge Experience

The London Bridge Experience is a great way to find out more about what is claimed is the world’s most haunted bridge.

Open from 10.30am until 5pm on weekdays and 10am until 6pm at weekends, visitors can experience a trip back into Medieval Britain, with a full cast of players providing an immersive experience that is hard to forget.

London Bridge
During the tour they will come face to face with Queen Boudica, see the terror of Jack the Ripper and pass through the chapel of Thomas Becket.

The experience is open to all ages, but there is the safe option of a special Guardian Angels Tour that misses out the scariest parts.

Entry costs from £20 per adult and juniors aged between five and 15 years are charged £15.

Tate Modern

Finally, all art fans should ensure they schedule in a visit to the Tate Modern art gallery. One of the most popular galleries in Europe, it is based at the former Bankside Power Station and makes use of its impressive size to house a fascinating collection of artwork dating back to the 19th century.

Tate Modern
It also has a fabulous shop that features many attractive art books and prints that could make great gifts or serve as a reminder of your visit to London.

Admission to Tate Modern is free (although there are sometimes additional charges for entry to the special exhibitions) and the gallery is open to the public between the hours of 10am until 6pm on Sundays to Thursdays and from 10am until 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays.