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Tower of London, seen from across the Thames River - The Tower of London was originally built by William the Conqueror, following his successful invasion of England in 1066. As a Royal Palace, fortress, prison, place of execution, arsenal, Royal Mint, Royal Zoo and jewel house, it has witnessed many great events in British history.

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In pictures: The poppies at the Tower of London

Photograph of WWI soldier on the railings - Photographs of servicemen have been placed on the railings that surround the moat. The Tower of London was where more than 1,600 men swore an oath to the Crown after enlisting for the war. - Tower of London poppy installation

Despite the Tower of London's grim reputation as a place of torture and death, within these walls you will also discover the history of a royal palace, an armoury and a powerful fortress. Don’t miss Royal Beasts and learn about the wild and wonderous animals that have inhabited the Tower, making it the first London Zoo.

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Tower of London

Despite the Tower of London's grim reputation as a place of torture and death, within these walls you will also discover the history of a royal palace, an armoury and a powerful fortress. Don’t miss Royal Beasts and learn about the wild and wonderous animals that have inhabited the Tower, making it the first London Zoo.

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In pictures: The poppies at the Tower of London

Harry Mayhead, Pearly King of Bow Bells who served in Egypt and France for the Royal Army Service Corp. in World War Two, plants poppies at the Tower of London (19 September2014)

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