The Ceremony of the Keys is the traditional locking up of the Tower of London and has taken place on each and every night, without fail, for at least 700 years.
Visitors will be admitted to the Tower under escort at 7.20pm. Late arrivals will not be admitted. Attendees will be given a guided tour of the Tower, followed by drinks (pay bar) at the Yeoman Warders Club, also known as The Keys. Shortly before 10pm, attendees will be ushered outside for a briefing, before watching the Ceremony of the Keys. After the ceremony, attendees have the option to leave the tower, or return to The Keys until close at 11pm.
The dress code for this visit is Business Dress, strictly no jeans or trainers. Anyone arriving at the Tower incorrectly dressed will be denied entry. Any individuals who wish to wear any form of uniform, must obtain permission from the Chief Yeoman Warder. No visitor under the age of 18 is permitted access to the Yeoman Warders Club. Those aged between 18 to 25 years must bring proof of age. The Club operates a ‘cash only’ bar and there are no cashpoint machines inside the walls of the Tower. There is a ‘no movement’ policy in the Tower between 9.30pm and 10.05pm. If any attendee needs to leave early, then they must be clear of the grounds by no later than 9.20pm.