Ceremony of The Keys

Ceremony of the Keys

TL;DR Next time you’re in London, book a free ticket to Ceremony of the Keys.

I did it

It’s honestly one of the best touristy things you can do in London!

You’ll get to walk inside the Tower of London (normally £24 for a ticket) when all visitors have left, get to witness one of the oldest ceremonies with beefeaters, talk to the Chief Yeoman Warder — and it’s absolutely free!

What is Ceremony of the Keys

Ceremony of the Keys is held every night at the Tower of London, and has done so in some form or another since the 14th century.

At exactly 9.53pm, the Chief Yeoman Warder, dressed in Tudor Watchcoat, meets the military escort, made up of members of the Tower of London Guard. Together, the Chief Yeoman Warder and the Yeoman Warder ‘Watchman’ secure the main gates of the Tower.

Unfortunately, taking pictures is strictly prohibited during this event. But you can visit multiple times and bring company (just add the number of people into the booking).

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Spotify Running

Spotify Running

Spotify Running is a new feature of Spotify app. It’s not a running playlist, it’s more awesome than that!

Select Running on the menu, and then the app will play tracks syncing the music beat with your running tempo. All the tracks are specifically designed so that the tempo could be changed while you’re running.

Spotify Running

When you start, hold the device for a few seconds, so that it could measure your tempo. Unfortunately it doesn’t update the tempo automatically while you’re running, but you can measure it anytime, and the track will magically adjust its tempo. Also, this allows you to put the phone away (or onto a treadmill stand) keeping the tempo.

There’re few themes that you can listen to while you’re running: Burn, Epic, Seasons, Lock the Flow, Blissed Out and The Chase. I’ve been running for 1 hour with The Chase track (remember Running with Zombies?) After 40 minutes it started feeling a little bit tedious, but again, you could always switch to another track or playlist.

If you’re a runner definitely give it a try!

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