This section provide a UK geographical representation of places of particular interest to Anglo-Sikh History.

HM Tower of London

Royal Armouries

HM Tower of London
London EC3N 4AB

020 7709 0765

HM Tower of London, one of the most famous buildings in the world, was constructed following the Norman conquest in the 11th century to dominate London. The Royal Armouries is responsible for all the displays in the White Tower, the central keep of the castle complex, and for researching and recording the history of the Tower and the many institutions which have grown up there.

Our displays contain many of the examples of royal arms and armour in the Royal Armouries collection, including armours of Henry VIII, Charles I, Charles II and James II. They also reconstruct many of the historical displays of arms and armour for which the Tower is famous, including the Grand Storehouse which was destroyed by fire in 1841.

Whilst the vast bulk of the arms and armour of the Royal Armouries has moved to the new Royal Armouries in Leeds, there remain a few mildly interesting pieces in the tower.

The platinum crown of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother is on display, set with the now cut Koh-i-noor diamond. The promo video that endlessly plays to the visitor mentions briefly the history of the Koh-i-noor diamond and it's passing from Ranjit Singh to Queen Victoria. Look hard in one of the alcoves and the original setting of the diamond (an armband) can be seen set with a fake stone to give an indication of its original size and setting.


Opening times
March - October
Monday to Saturday 09.00 - 17.00
Sunday 10.00 - 17.00
November to February
Tuesday to Saturday 09.00 - 16.00
Sunday and Monday 10.00 - 16.00

Admission prices
Adults - £11.30
Concession - £8.50
Children 5-15 - £7.50
Family (up to 2 adults and 3 children) - £34.00


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