Tower of London Building, Historic British Architecture Images, Date, Location, Contact, Photos

Tower of London Architecture

Key Historic Building in UK Capital City, England, UK: Architectural Information + Images

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Tower of London

Location: Tower Hill, central / east London

Date: 1078

Address: Tower Hill, London EC3N 4AB

Contact: 0844 482 7777

Tower of London Tower of London Building
photos © Nick Weall

Medieval castle containing the Crown Jewels

Early-Norman chapel in the White Tower

Historic Building in UK Capital
photo © Adrian Welch, Jun 2007

Nearest Tube station : Tower Hill

Contact the Tower of London : 020 7709 0765

Architectural style: Gothic Revival architecture

Aerial photograph looking southeast:
Tower of London Photo
photo © webbaviation

Height of this historic English building: 27 m

This building on the River Thames has played a prominent role in English history. It was besieged several times and controlling it has been important to controlling the country.

The Tower has served variously as an armoury, a treasury, a menagerie, the home of the Royal Mint, a public records office, and the home of the Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom. From the early 14th century until the reign of Charles II, a procession would be led from the Tower to Westminster Abbey on the coronation of a monarch.

In the absence of the monarch, the Constable of the Tower is in charge of the castle. This was a powerful and trusted position in the medieval period.

In the late 15th century the castle was the prison of the Princes in the Tower. Under the Tudors, the Tower became used less as a royal residence, and despite attempts to refortify and repair the castle its defences lagged behind developments to deal with artillery.
Source: wikipedia

Location: Tower of London, Tower Hill, London EC3N 4AB

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Adjacent Building across the River Thames:

City Hall Building
London City Hall
photo © Nick Weall
City Hall Building
The £65m headquarters of the Greater London Authority (GLA) comprises the Mayor of London and the London Assembly. The building opened two years after the Greater London Authority was created.

This bold building design has an unusual, bulbous shape, apparently intended to reduce its surface area and thus improve energy efficiency. However energy use measurements have shown this building to be quite inefficient in terms of energy use. The City Hall has no front or back in conventional terms but derives its shape from a modified sphere.

Telecom Tower
Holland St, central London
Also known as the BT Tower

Tower Bridge
Tower Bridge London
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Tower Bridge London
The bridge consists of two towers tied together at the upper level by means of two horizontal walkways, designed to withstand the horizontal forces exerted by the suspended sections of the bridge on the landward sides of the towers. The vertical component of the forces in the suspended sections and the vertical reactions of the two walkways are carried by the two robust towers.

Tower of London in England

The Houses of Parliament
Houses of Parliament – the Palace of Westminster

The Royal Opera House
Royal Opera House

St. Katharine’s Dock
St. Katharine’s Dock
photo from architects
St. Katharine’s Dock

Tower Bridge, just to the south:
Tower Bridge
photo © Nick Weall

The Scalpel
Design: Kohn Pederson Fox – KPF
The Scalpel Tower Lime Street
image courtesy of the architects office
The Scalpel City of London Skyscraper
The building will be the European headquarters for the US insurance company WR Berkley. This major City property development is to contain more than 500,000 sqft (45,000 sqm) of commercial space. WR Berkley plan to use around 25% of the floor space.

60-70 St Mary Axe
Design: Foggo Associates Architects
60-70 St Mary Axe Skyscraper
image courtesy of the architects
60-70 St Mary Axe Building

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