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Tower Bridge

An engineering marvel, this London icon spans both the River Thames and the ages.

For London locals, Tower Bridge is a vital part of the city’s infrastructure, ushering 40,000 vehicles safely across the Thames daily. However, for many visitors, the sight of the dual Gothic towers rising above the skyline is a must-see.

Completed in 1894, the Tower Bridge was created as a solution to the thick daily traffic entering the city. In its day, the bridge was an engineering wonder, requiring nearly 400 workers and eight years of construction to complete. Based on a city law, the towers were designed to be architecturally sympathetic with the nearby Tower of London. Today, both of these structures are known the world over as symbols of the city. 

Climb the stairs or ride the lift to the two covered walkways that join the towers. Originally designed as pedestrian walkways for when the bridge roadway was raised, today the walkways are gallery and exhibition spaces. The panoramic views are well worth the modest ticket price. 

The bridge was once raised more than 50 times a day by a steam-powered hydraulic system to accommodate the large amount of water traffic along River Thames. Now it’s electrically operated and halts traffic when it rises. It is estimated to rise 1000 times annually. 

History lovers and engineering buffs will love the Tower Bridge Exhibition. Detailing the bridges creation and history, the exhibition also recounts many of the bridge’s infamous incidents such as “fly-unders” by maverick pilots. Step inside the Victorian Engine Rooms to experience the sounds and smells of the bridge during its steam-powered days.

Don’t forget your camera; Tower Bridge is one of the most photographed destinations in London. It’s particularly beautiful at dawn and dusk when camera buffs from all over the world gather at nearby vantage points.  

The nearest Underground station is Tower Hill.


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St Katharine's Way, London, England
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Tower Bridge, Tower of London and HMS Belfast. Tower Gateway Station is 6 minutes by foot and Tower Hill Station is 7 minutes.

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    Leonardo Royal London City

    Leonardo Royal London City

    8-14 Cooper's Row, London, England
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      This family-friendly London hotel is located in the historical district, within a 10-minute walk of Tower of London and Tower Bridge. Borough Market and St. Paul's Cathedral are also within 1 mi (2 km). Tower Hill Station is only a 2-minute walk and Tower Gateway Station is 3 minutes.

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      Leonardo Royal London Tower Bridge

      Leonardo Royal London Tower Bridge

      45 Prescot Street, London, England
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in London City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Tower Bridge and Tower of London. Borough Market and Museum of London are also within 2 mi (3 km). Tower Gateway Station is 5 minutes by foot and Aldgate East Station is 6 minutes.

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        Apex City of London Hotel

        Apex City of London Hotel

        1 Seething Lane, London, England
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in London City Centre, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of The Gherkin and Tower of London. Royal Exchange and Liverpool Street are also within 15 minutes. London Fenchurch Street Station is only a 2-minute walk and Tower Hill Station is 3 minutes.

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          DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London -Tower of London

          DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London -Tower of London

          7 Pepys Street, London, England
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of The Gherkin, Tower of London and Tower Bridge. Royal Exchange and Liverpool Street are also within 15 minutes. Tower Hill Station and Tower Gateway Station are within a 5-minute walk.

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            Shangri La Hotel At The Shard London

            Shangri La Hotel At The Shard London

            31 St Thomas Street, London, England
               
              5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in London City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Borough Market and HMS Belfast. Globe Theatre and Tate Modern are also within 1 mi (2 km). London Bridge Station is only a 2-minute walk and London Bridge Underground Station is 2 minutes.

              Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London £159
              Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London

              Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London

              200 Westminster Bridge Road, London, England
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in London City Centre, this spa hotel is steps away from Southbank Centre Book Market and Florence Nightingale Museum. St. Thomas' Hospital and Sea Life London Aquarium are also within 5 minutes. Waterloo Underground Station is only a 4-minute walk and Lambeth North Underground Station is 6 minutes.

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                Marlin Waterloo

                111 Westminster Bridge Road, London, England
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in London City Centre, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Imperial War Museum, Westminster Bridge and Sea Life London Aquarium. Coca-Cola London Eye and Big Ben are also within 15 minutes. Lambeth North Underground Station is only a 2-minute walk and Waterloo Underground Station is 8 minutes.