The Tower of London – The Crown Jewels

I’m a big fan of Sherlock, and I have to say that one of my favorite moments is when Moriarty goes to the Tower of London.

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The funny thing is that if you go to see the Crown Jewels at the Tower of London, it’s not going to be like that.  It’s not a dark, stone-walled, crypt-like room.  I recall it being quite bright and possibly modern-ish.  My memory’s a bit crap about the second room I was in, but there was definitely a sufficient amount of light!

And no master criminal.  …That I was aware of…

The Crown Jewels are pretty damn expensive, so of course there are security measures all over the place.  What was my favorite security measure?  The moving floor!

There’s a part of the exhibit where the items are encased in glass and are situated between two moving floors.  It doesn’t leave much time for browsing.  If there aren’t people behind you you could probably walk backwards.  And if you wanted to you could run and fly right by them.

Moving floors are fun.

It didn’t give me a chance to look at the details on those items, but I guess that since the exhibit’s free with admission you could go back again and again.  Just not too many times or the security guys might get suspicious.

It’s interesting to see the differences between the crowns, and to see the Orb and Scepter.  They’re all just symbols (very expensive symbols), but they’re also art.

And since I’m basically a crow, I like all the shiny.

The Imperial State Crown  (Image from
The Imperial State Crown (Image from

…And I think I’ve just made myself want to go back again…  My next trip to London must definitely include getting a tour from the Beefeaters and seeing the Crown Jewels.

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