Tower Bridge

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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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The Tower Hotel
The Tower Hotel
4 out of 5
St Katharine's Way, London, England
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥13,739 per night from Nov 7 to Nov 7
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 ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (2,685 reviews)
"This is a decent hotel in a great location for The Tower of London and surrounding area. Lots of things to do and see within walking distance. Nice views of Tower Bridge. Comfortable beds and everything you need albeit basic."

Reviewed on Oct 23, 2021

The Tower Hotel
citizenM Tower of London
citizenM Tower of London
4 out of 5
40 Trinity Square, London, England
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥14,432 per night from Nov 7 to Nov 7
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 ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (1,091 reviews)
"Love everything, love the views from the bar up top!"

Reviewed on Oct 22, 2021

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Leonardo Royal London Tower Bridge
Leonardo Royal London Tower Bridge
4 out of 5
45 Prescot Street, London, England
The price is ¥17,347 per night from Oct 31 to Oct 31
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 ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (1,014 reviews)
"As the hotel aspires to be high class more attention to detail is required within the bedroom. We had issues with lights that didn't work( although this was partially rectified upon request) sink plug didn't seal, unidentified switched that we were unable to work out, pictorial instructions for shower ..."

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2021

Leonardo Royal London Tower Bridge
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4 out of 5
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The price is ¥17,347 per night from Oct 31 to Oct 31
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5 out of 5
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The price is ¥78,442 per night from Nov 7 to Nov 7
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4 out of 5
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The price is ¥14,363 per night from Nov 14 to Nov 14
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5 out of 5
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The price is ¥18,755 per night from Nov 21 to Nov 21
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Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
4 out of 5
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The price is ¥26,201 per night from Oct 31 to Oct 31
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DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London -Tower of London
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4 out of 5
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The price is ¥19,531 per night from Nov 7 to Nov 7
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