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Tower Bridge

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Tower Bridge showing night scenes, a bridge and a river or creek

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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Dorsett City London
Dorsett City London
4 out of 5
9 Aldgate High Street, London, England
The price is NZ$177 per night from 29 Aug. to 29 Aug.
Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Financial District, The Gherkin and Liverpool Street. Tower Bridge and Tower of London ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (957 reviews)
"Lovely room, view and location. Rooms are smaller than they look on pictures"

Reviewed on 27 Jul. 2021

Dorsett City London
The Tower Hotel
The Tower Hotel
4 out of 5
St Katharine's Way, London, England
Fully refundable
The price is NZ$196 per night from 15 Aug. to 15 Aug.
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 ...
4.2/5Excellent! (2,610 reviews)
"Good central location. Fantastic views from the front of the hotel. We had an excellent view of the marina at the rear of the hotel from our bedroom window."

Reviewed on 26 Jul. 2021

The Tower Hotel
Leonardo Royal London Tower Bridge
Leonardo Royal London Tower Bridge
4 out of 5
45 Prescot Street, London, England
The price is NZ$212 per night from 29 Aug. to 29 Aug.
Located in London City Centre, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Tower Bridge and Tower of London. Borough Market and Museum of London are also within ...
4.2/5Excellent! (940 reviews)
"the view"

Reviewed on 21 Jul. 2021

Leonardo Royal London Tower Bridge
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DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London -Tower of London
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London -Tower of London
4 out of 5
7 Pepys Street, London, England
The price is NZ$168 per night from 30 Aug. to 30 Aug.
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London -Tower of London
The Tower Hotel
The Tower Hotel
4 out of 5
St Katharine's Way, London, England
The price is NZ$196 per night from 15 Aug. to 15 Aug.
The Tower Hotel
Leonardo Royal London Tower Bridge
Leonardo Royal London Tower Bridge
4 out of 5
45 Prescot Street, London, England
The price is NZ$212 per night from 29 Aug. to 29 Aug.
Leonardo Royal London Tower Bridge
Dorsett City London
Dorsett City London
4 out of 5
9 Aldgate High Street, London, England
The price is NZ$177 per night from 29 Aug. to 29 Aug.
Dorsett City London
Shangri-La The Shard, London
Shangri-La The Shard, London
5 out of 5
31 St Thomas Street, London, England
The price is NZ$883 per night from 22 Aug. to 22 Aug.
Shangri-La The Shard, London
Residence Inn by Marriott London Tower Bridge
Residence Inn by Marriott London Tower Bridge
4 out of 5
180 Bermondsey Street, London, England
The price is NZ$203 per night from 22 Aug. to 22 Aug.
Residence Inn by Marriott London Tower Bridge
Leonardo Royal London City - Tower Hill
Leonardo Royal London City - Tower Hill
4 out of 5
8-14 Cooper's Row, London, England
The price is NZ$218 per night from 30 Aug. to 30 Aug.
Leonardo Royal London City - Tower Hill
Apex City of London Hotel
Apex City of London Hotel
4 out of 5
1 Seething Lane, London, England
The price is NZ$217 per night from 16 Aug. to 16 Aug.
Apex City of London Hotel
citizenM Tower of London
citizenM Tower of London
4 out of 5
40 Trinity Square, London, England
The price is NZ$178 per night from 1 Aug. to 1 Aug.
citizenM Tower of London
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