Now, I don’t know what you picture in your mind when someone says “the Tower of London” – but I suspect it’s not this.
But this is, in fact, the infamous tower.
Why is it infamous? Because of its role as a royal (and later civil) prison.
And yet for most of its history, the prison’s only been part of its role.
In fact, its official title is “Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress of the Tower of London” – and it is, in fact, a palace rather than just a prison.
Started by the Norman invaders in 1066-1068, the ‘white tower’ at the centre of the Tower hamlets is still visible – but in the foreground is the curtain wall and other 14th century additions.