Have you heard the story about the Princes in the Tower?
The sons of King Edward IV, 12-year-old Edward V and his younger brother Richard, were sent to the Tower by their uncle, the Duke of Gloucester. By July 1483 they were declared illegitimate and the Duke was crowned King Richard III. The Princes were never seen again.
Sounds mysterious, right? It is generally believed that their uncle murdered them and by declaring they were illegitimate, he cleared his way to the throne. Got to love English history.
EDIT // Michelle has kindly pointed out that “there were more suspects than Richard III and almost everything said about him was said by Tudor historians to glorify and secure the throne for Henry VII and his descendants, and thus Shakespeare got his idea from those historians like Moore. […] Richard III might not even have had the princes in the tower killed, surprisingly.” You should probably read War of The Roses by Alison Weir for more information of the time period. Thanks, Michelle!
You’re probably wondering why I’m blathering on about princes and murders, but just to clarify I’m not crazy. I was invited by Joe Blogs Network and Guoman Hotels for a ‘Picnic at the Tower’. This, of course, made me think of the Princes in the Tower story.
Thankfully, no murderous uncles were out to get me and instead I enjoyed a delicious picnic on the lawn with a rather breathtaking view of the Tower Bridge.
Their beautiful Tower Hotel is perfectly situated between the River Thames and St. Katherine’s Dock. It offers you amazing views of Tower Bridge and is probably the best place you’d want to be as a tourist exploring London.
We were treated to Pimms, wine and other cocktails when we arrived. I think I definitely drank too much Pimms, but I was reminded by Emma that you can never drink too much Pimms – so there we go. Our picnic was a delicious range of finger sandwiches (thank you to the hotel for catering to my seafood allergy!) and a yummy selection of desserts.
There was also massive Jenga blocks and a Connect 4 set to play with, but I didn’t get a chance on them. Maybe next time! It was lovely to catch up with bloggers I’ve met before and meet new ones. You can check out full details of the evening on Guoman’s blog, right here.
Thanks for the invite, guys!