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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.

Popular Activities at Tower Bridge

Like to make your time spent at Tower Bridge even more special? Don't forget to try out one or two of these things to do:

For more activities, have a look at our London things to do page.


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The Tower Hotel NZ$197
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. 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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      citizenM Tower of London

      citizenM Tower of London

      40 Trinity Square, London, England
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Tower of London and London Bridge. St. Paul's Cathedral and Covent Garden Market are also within 3 mi (5 km). Tower Hill Station is only a 2-minute walk and Tower Gateway Station is 2 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.

            DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London -Tower of London NZ$256
            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

              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.

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                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 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.