Refurbishment September 2023 – July 2025 

We are excited to announce that the iconic Central Park Hotel is under major transformation. Sometimes things need to get ugly before they get pretty !

Our guests are at the heart of all the decisions we make, and your comfort during this period has our priority.

We look forward to welcoming you during and post-refurbishment to share more enhanced experiences.

Tower of London: How to visit the UK’s most secure castle

Cradled by the shiny skyscrapers of the financial district, the Tower of London represents the capital’s darkest history. Executions and mysterious vanishings have occurred at this site which is supposedly haunted. During your stay at the Central Park Hotel, Paddington, you can add this historical attraction to your itinerary. 

What is the Tower of London?

The Tower of London is the most secure castle in the UK. This mediaeval fortress has served as a royal palace, prison, execution ground, and military stronghold.

How to visit the Tower of London

The Tower of London is open to the public all year with tickets available at the door and via the website. Staff at hotels near Paddington Station can provide advice on how to book tickets. 

Guided tours are not in operation but the complex features signage while Yeoman Warders are on hand to answer any questions.

What to see at the Tower of London

Once you’ve secured your stay at the Central Park Hotel, Paddington and picked up your admission tickets, you can look forward to seeing the following highlights of the Tower of London. 

Crown Jewels

The Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom is a collection of ceremonial regalia including the Imperial State Crown, sceptre, robe, and banqueting plate worn during coronations. They are exhibited at the Tower when not in use. 

The White Tower

The turreted White Tower marks the heart of the Inner Ward and the strongest component of the defence system. Dating back to 1078, this is actually one of the oldest parts of the palace. Originally used as lodging for members of the monarchy, the White Tower is now a royal armoury housing the immense armour of Henry VIII.   

The Wakefield Tower

Known as the Bloody Tower, Wakefield Tower is where the young princes, Edward and Richard, were imprisoned. After they vanished without a trace, it was thought that their uncle, King Richard III, in order to secure his seat on the throne. 

The Ravens

One of the most curious things to see is the “unkindness” of ravens that dwell in the forecourt of the palace. They remain under the watch of the Ravenmaster of the Yeomen Warders. Legend warns us that if the ravens fly away, the Tower of London will fall. 

Traitor’s Gate

Originally, this water gate was intended as an entrance to the compound for the royal family. It was later repurposed and renamed as prisoners were delivered to the Tower through these means. Those who were executed had their heads displayed on pikes beneath the bridge. 

The Tower’s Mint

King Edward I established the Tower’s Mint in 1279. Until 1810, the vast majority of English coins were produced within these walls. However, this was a dangerous job and workers who dared to tamper with the production were subject to treason.

How to get to the Tower of London

Easily accessible for guests of hotels near Paddington Station, the Tower of London is located next to Tower Hill Underground. The station is served by the Circle and District lines.

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