Okay, so it’s not actually that simple. And the opportunity is not exactly available to anyone. Not just anyone can be a Beefeater after all. Or a Yeoman Warder to use the official title. But some lucky applicant will soon find themselves in possession of a new job wherein they get to live in the Tower of London and “‘stir the spirit’ of every visitor to HM Tower of London.”
Fancy that: donning the iconic garb, and being the face of one of the most iconic institutions, and roles, in London. Imagine walking through a supermarket, pointing at a bottle of gin and saying ‘oh yeah, that’s basically me’. Although, Beefeaters don’t really strike me as the boastful type. But wouldn’t you brag if you were on a bottle of gin?
They’re more than just wonderful guides to the Tower of London, however, as they also hold important roles as part of the Sovereign’s ceremonial bodyguard unit. If you fancy your chances as a Yeoman Warder, just be aware that some of the criteria for selection includes that you must:
“Be a former Warrant Officer, class 1 or 2, (or the equivalent rank in other services) and in exceptional circumstances, a Staff Sergeant, from the Royal Navy, Army, Royal Air Force or Royal Marines”
“Hold the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal.”
You’re also expected to:
“Have served within the regular armed services for at least 22 years”.
But hey, you get to live in the Tower of London. And the tube connections in the area are pretty good!
If you fit the very specific criteria for the role, you can read more about the role and apply here. Otherwise, you might be better off just visiting the Tower of London. Maybe grab one of the Beefeater hats from the gift shop to sate your disappointment.