Don’t overlook The Crown Jewels because they are a well-trodden favourite - they really are as spectacular as you imagine.
Tuesday to Saturday 9am-5.30pm; Sunday and Monday 10am-5.30pm
One of London’s top tourist attractions, The Crown Jewels, are under constant guard within the Tower of London and will not disappoint. No jewellery lover can fail to be overawed by the superlative gems on display, including the famous Cullinan I diamond - otherwise known as the Great Star of Africa and the largest colourless diamond in the world - set into the Sovereign’s Sceptre. There is pomp and circumstance aplenty, with a walk-through exhibition examining the role The Crown Jewels have played in the history of England, culminating in what every visitor is really there for: to ogle the Imperial State Crown and Sceptre worn by the Queen at her coronation. A travelator has been installed so that you can’t gawp for too long, but the last time I visited I was able to rejoin the line of visitors for a second, spectacular look. Arrive early to avoid the - often very long - queues.
Entry to the Tower of London, including The Crown Jewels display: adults £24.50; children 5-15 years £11; full-time students £18.70; family £60.70. Reductions available if you book online.
A glimpse of the historic 105.60 carat Koh-i-Noor - the most famous diamond in The Crown Jewels - which is set in the Crown of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.