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Old April 29th, 2004, 05:05 PM
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Default Ceremony of the keys - Tower of London

Has anyone been to the ceremony of the keys? Any info would be appreciated.

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Old April 29th, 2004, 07:58 PM
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Hi Cathy,

We went several years ago and thoroughly enjoyed the Ceremony. They take it very seriously and tell you where to stand, no photos, etc. This ceremony has been done for hundreds of years even during wars at 10:00 p.m. Write in plenty of time to The Resident Governor and Keeper of the Jewel House, Queen's House, HM Tower of London, EC3. Give your name, dates, and number of people (up to 7) and include a self-addressed envelope. Xerox yiur invitation because they take it away from your when you attend. I wanted to keep it for my scrapbook, but couldn't. Another great thing to do in London is to tour the Cabinet War Rooms, a labyrinth of wartime offices set deep underground. Churchill used them to make important wartime decisions and his celebrated wartime broadcasts. Clive Steps, King Charles St.
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Old April 29th, 2004, 09:14 PM
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I just got the invitation back in todays mail. Do you know how many people get to attend each evening?

We are sailing on the Norwegian Dream in June, with 3 days post cruise in London, I was so exicted to get the invitation today, Can't hardly wait for this holiday to start.

Do I have to contact anyone in advance to tour the Cabinet War Rooms?

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Old April 29th, 2004, 11:47 PM
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Hi Cathy,

I don't think there were more than 35 of us attending. I could be wrong, but it was a small group. The Cabinet War Rooms are open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Go to www.Fodors.com and see if they have any up-to-date info on this site. It was most interesting. Everytime we visit London, we try to find something we didn't see on our other visits.
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Old April 30th, 2004, 12:15 AM
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Hi again Cathy,

Forget Fodors, I found info about the Cabinet War Rooms on www.frommers.com. There is also a website where you can access some more info at www.iwm.org.uk.
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Old April 30th, 2004, 10:16 AM
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I've attended the Ceremony of the Key twice. Highly recommended! Groups are kept small (I think around 30 or so).

The Ceremony is suppose to begin at 10 p.m. sharp. According to one story I heard, only once during its history has the ceremony started late: one night it did not start until 10:15 p.m. The man in charge resigned in disgrace. The reason he gave for not starting on time? Due to the number of German bombs falling in and around the castle: it was during the height of the Blitz.
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Old April 30th, 2004, 11:29 AM
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Thanks for the link Shoshona2.

I always like to do a few things just a bit out of the ordinary every trip we take.

All your info is much appreciated.

I'll be sure and arrive on time for the ceremony of the keys, certainly wouldn't want to be late, cause they're not going to wait for me. (Giggle)

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Old April 30th, 2004, 11:38 PM
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Hi again,

I found two different addresses to obtain tickets for the Ceremony of the keys -- which one did you two use? It says a STAMPED return envelope? Did you use U.S. stamps? My husband is going to Africa in February and spend three days in London. When I learned from the Frommers website that the Cabinet War Rooms is adding a Museum in January dedicated to Winston Churchill's life and times -- it's the 40th anniversary of his death. My husband is a history buff and will go back to the War Rooms to see this new museum.
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This site tells you all you need to know about getting tickets for the ceremony. BTW US stamps will not do.

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Old May 1st, 2004, 06:10 AM
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http://www.londontown.com/London/Ceremony_of_the_Keys

The above website will give you the information you need to get tickets.

They ask for a coupon-résponse international, which is available at your local post office.

I applied for tickets about 8 weeks before our visit and received them only 2 weeks after sending the letter.

We are sailing on June 6, 2004 on the Norwegain Dream and spending 3 days in London post cruise. Attending the ceremony of the keys on Saturday.

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I also have what I guess you would call tickets, but I am confused by no means is it an invitation, it is a green piece of paper with my name on it and the number of people attending, and the date is that it?
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Old May 1st, 2004, 11:59 AM
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Hi,

I checked those two websites. Thanks for all your great info.

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gizmodog;
That is the same "admittance device" that we have. Green paper w/our name and number of guests.
Hardest part was getting the international reply coupons from the post office to put in the orginal request.

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Old May 2nd, 2004, 07:43 PM
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I found the same problem with the international reply coupons, had to try 3 different postoffices before I found one that had them.

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Old May 15th, 2004, 08:56 AM
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We received our tickets 11 days after mailing the request I'm glad that I gave them 2 dates, as we got our second choice. Thanks to everyone for the information, we are looking forward to going!
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I also gave them 3 dates, I am sure it increases your chance of getting tickets.

It took about 3 weeks for our tickets to arrive.

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After trying several Post Offices around here, I still haven't found any International Reply Coupons, nor have any of these branches been able to refer me to any holders of these elusive coupons. The general response consists of scratching their head and saying "Gee, I think those IRCs have been discontinued ... Wait, let me check with Mike in the back ... Yep, we don't carry them anymore."

I may end up just sticking £5 in the envelope and hoping for the best!

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Old May 15th, 2004, 09:16 PM
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Maybe if you call or write my postmaster, they can send you one. The phone number is 513-697-9120 and it is in Cincinnati, OH 45249. The international reply coupons cost $1.75.
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We live in a rural part of our State. Our post office was able to order some from the main "regional" post office and have them in a day. They didn't vounteer to do that, but checkedn and agreed to do it when I asked them.

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aqua & samscruiser: Thank you both for the good suggestions. I'm sure I'll get the IRC one way or the other. Thanks again.

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