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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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Leonardo Royal London Tower Bridge £79
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.

    Leman Locke £76
    Leman Locke

    Leman Locke

    15 Leman St, London, England
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in London City Centre, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of The Gherkin and Tower Bridge. Tower of London and London Bridge are also within 2 mi (3 km). Aldgate East Station and Aldgate Station are within a 5-minute walk.

      The Tower Hotel £74
      The Tower Hotel

      The Tower Hotel

      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. The Shard and Excel Exhibition Centre are also within 9 mi (15 km). Tower Gateway Station is 6 minutes by foot and Tower Hill Station is 7 minutes.

        Leonardo Royal London St Paul’s £99
        Leonardo Royal London St Paul’s

        Leonardo Royal London St Paul’s

        10 Godliman Street, London, England
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in London City Centre, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of St. Paul's Cathedral and Tower of London. Tower Bridge and The British Museum are also within 2 mi (3 km). Blackfriars Underground Station and St. Paul's Underground Station are within a 5-minute walk.

          Shangri La Hotel At The Shard London £457
          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, London Bridge 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.

            DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London -Tower of London £76
            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 Financial District, The Gherkin and Tower of London. Tower Bridge and Liverpool Street are also within 15 minutes. Tower Hill Station and Tower Gateway Station are within a 5-minute walk.

              Clayton Hotel City of London £72
              Clayton Hotel City of London

              Clayton Hotel City of London

              10 New Drum Street, London, England
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in London City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Tower of London, and within 3 mi (5 km) of The Shard and London Eye. The British Museum and Big Ben are also within 3 mi (5 km). Aldgate East Station is only a 2-minute walk and Aldgate Station is 4 minutes.

                Apex City of London Hotel £90
                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 hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Financial District, The Gherkin and Tower of London. Liverpool Street and London Bridge are also within 15 minutes. London Fenchurch Street Station is only a 2-minute walk and Tower Hill Station is 3 minutes.