With rents rising and getting on the property ladder seeming out of reach for many, moving in with your parents isn’t uncommon these days.
But Megan Clawson seemed to get a pretty great deal when her dad suggested she lived with him – because he has a place in the Tower of London.
Now, the 21-year-old spends her days living right in the centre of the capital city, as her dad Chris works as a Beefeater at the tourist attraction and is entitled to accommodation.
Megan and Chris, 52, live in the building which was believed to be a medical centre in the 13th century and comes with quirks like arrow slits in the windows, flour-flights of stairs and a wall filled with memorabilia.
Although student Megan is grateful to be able to live somewhere so unique, it does cause a few issues.
Due to the security, she has to sign all friends and family in before allowing them to enter the site and has to sign out if she leaves after the tower has been locked for the night.
Megan, who works as a TV and film extra, explained: ‘My dad has been working in the tower for quite a few years and when I moved to London for uni, I realised it was pointless me paying London rent when I could just move in with him so that’s what I did in 2020.
‘There isn’t a lot of freedom living here because people can see you coming and going and you have to sign out and get permission if you want to leave after the tower closes at night as it’s constantly guarded.
‘The only people that can live in the tower are the people who work here and their families.
‘There’s around 40 families that live here now – the whole outer wall of the tower is housing for the workers and because the house is so tall, it almost feels like I have my own apartment because I have the entire top floor.
‘I’m allowed friends over but they have to leave by a certain time and they have to be signed in or escorted around the premises due to security precautions.
‘A lot of the time I can’t believe I actually live here – if I sit on my balcony people will take pictures of me thinking I’m part of the attraction!
‘It’s such a privilege living here but I can’t wrap my head around it.’
Megan grew up in Boston, Lincolnshire before moving to London to start studying English and Film at King’s College London.
Initially she lived with friends for her second year but paying out rent was pricey and living with her dad would save money.
Megan said: ‘Whenever I tell people that I live here, people don’t believe me and think it’s total rubbish.
‘These days I just tell people I live at Tower Hill and if they dive deeper I’ll explain a bit more – they always wonder why I have these silly rules.
‘I do struggle to get takeaways delivered – they can’t seem to understand which building it is!
‘I have to order it to the Starbucks opposite because somehow that’s easier to find than a fortress that was built in the 11th century.’
Megan claims to have experienced some paranormal activity along with other residents.
She added: ‘I’ve had a few paranormal experiences.
‘When my dad’s not here and I’m on my own, I’ll hear walking up and down the stairs and doors closing.
‘My house is split in half so the other half is someone else’s and my next-door neighbour has said she gets knocking and banging when her husband isn’t home as well.
‘On New Year’s Eve, I was on the sofa and the telly flashed on static at 3am and I saw a silhouette standing in front of it.
‘The paranormal used to frighten me a lot but living here you just expect it.
‘I think most people living here have accepted that creepy things happen here.’
She’s been posting videos on TikTok since the start of 2021 and it’s helped her rack up 20,000 followers.
Megan said: ‘I have a dog that lives here with me and I love taking videos and pictures of her so that’s where it started.
‘I think it’s amazing that when we take her for walks it’s in a moat.
‘I started telling the stories of the tower and showing people around the grounds.
‘I wanted to share the stories that weren’t as common and I think that’s why a lot of people find my videos interesting.
‘It’s not your typical house – we have arrow slits in the windows and there’s so many stairs.
‘There’s little tight places and despite being built in the 13th century, it’s surprisingly modern-looking.’
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