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Tower Bridge

This world-famous landmark is at the heart of modern London life, and a testament to the city’s rich engineering and commercial history.

Tower Bridge is undoubtedly the most recognisable of the 33 bridges that cross the River Thames in London. The two-towered structure is frequently used as a symbol of London, and was prominently used in the campaign to promote the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. A giant set of Olympic rings were hung from the bridge in the last month before the opening of the games, and as part of the opening ceremony, the Olympic torch was carried under the bridge on a speedboat driven by celebrity footballer David Beckham.

Finally completed in 1894 after 8 years of construction, the bridge was heralded as a triumph of design and engineering. To this day, the sight of the two halves, or “bascules”, of the roadway lifting up to allow a ship to pass underneath is a real spectacle. When commercial shipping on the River Thames was at its busiest, Tower Bridge was sometimes raised over 50 times a day. Currently, this happens approximately 1,000 times per year. Check the official website for the exact timings on each day, so you can make sure you get to see the bridge in action.

To get a behind-the-scenes view of how this amazing bridge works, visit the Tower Bridge Exhibition. Here you can explore the original lifting machinery used in the Victorian Engine Rooms when the bridge was powered by steam, and see how it works today, thanks to the virtual bridge lift experience.

Access the high-level walkways built above the mobile sections of the bridge, 42 metres above the surface of the river. Here you will be treated to some of the best views of London, including such landmarks as St. Paul’s Cathedral and Canary Wharf. Whatever you do, remember to bring your camera!

The Tower Bridge Exhibition is open daily except between 24th and 26th December. Tickets can be bought online, or on site. The closest Underground station is Tower Hill.


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Leonardo Royal London Tower Bridge NZ$156
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 NZ$188
    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 NZ$137
      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 NZ$192
        Leonardo Royal London St Paul’s

        Leonardo Royal London St Paul’s

        10 Godliman Street, London, England
           
          5.0 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 NZ$820
          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 NZ$159
            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 NZ$144
              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 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 NZ$196
                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 Financial District, The Gherkin, and Tower of London. Liverpool Street and Tower Bridge are also within 15 minutes. London Fenchurch Street Station is only a 2-minute walk and Tower Hill Station is 3 minutes.