The Ceremony of the Keys, Dah-ling.


Getting something for nothing is always an exciting time — clothing, events, food; I love it all. Being that free is one of my most favorite words, you know that I was beyond thrilled to discover loads of amazing (and 100% free) things to do on a student budget.  One thing that I am definitely putting on my list: The Ceremony of the Keys at the Tower of London. This ceremony is a 700+ year old tradition wherein the Tower, which houses the Crown Jewels, is locked up each and every night. Best of all — the tickets are absolutely free! You do have to follow the proper procedure: send them a letter two to three months in advance requesting tickets for up to six persons. Names of all individuals have to be noted and a self-addressed, stamped envelope must be included (so I guess you do have to pay for stamps, but that’s it!)

The ceremony starts at 930P and ends at 1005P, at which time all visitors are escorted out.

To request a spot on any given night, post your application to:

Ceremony of the Keys Office 
Tower of London 
Great Britain 
Tel: +44 (0)20 3166 6278

Jot down all individuals names plus two dates that could work for you (at least two months in advance)!


I’m going to post a letter in a couple of weeks.
Leave me a comment if you’re interested in joining & I’ll put your name on my application (first ten people)!

Signature Stamp - Shannon


11 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Shreya on August 18, 2009 at 12:02 PM

    This sounds great! I am absolutely in :-)


  2. Awesome! I’ll put you on the list!


  3. Posted by lisalivinglife on August 18, 2009 at 12:34 PM

    I am so in!


  4. Yay! You’re on the list, too! I’m trying to snag tickets for late November :)


  5. Put me on…if there’s still space :)


  6. Posted by sonali on August 18, 2009 at 9:31 PM

    oo..this sounds super awesome!! -if there’s still room on the list, count me in!! :)


  7. Posted by Maitrayee on August 19, 2009 at 3:17 AM

    Heyyy, I LOVE british culture for FREE. Count me in, please! :D


  8. Heeeey — Just added Sanjana, Sonali & Maitrayee to the list! Since we’ll probably go in November, I can theoretically get tickets for up to 15! Yay! I’m up to 12 right now <3.


  9. Posted by sonali on August 19, 2009 at 8:42 AM

    ah, ur the best !!! :) This is gonna be one interesting experience .. i just read up a bit more on the ceremony…amazing how most people go for the ‘change of guards’ but skip ‘the ceremony of the keys’ … shannon ur travel tips/knowledge rivals samantha brown in my book at the moment :)


  10. Posted by Nivedita on August 20, 2009 at 10:51 AM

    I’m in!!! :)


  11. Aug. 20th Update: The list is super full now! I have 15 people on the letter that I’m mailing in — should be fun! Everyone who’s coming — I’ll keep you posted on the date of the tickets! <3.


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