Tower Bridge

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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.

Top Hotels Close to Tower Bridge

The Tower Hotel
The Tower Hotel
4 out of 5
St Katharine's Way, London, England, E1W 1LD
The price is ¥16,909 per night from Jun 19 to Jun 20
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in London. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants, and 2 bars/lounges. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (2,744 reviews)
"Friendly staff and speedy service. Overall great experience."

Reviewed on May 10, 2022

The Tower Hotel
The Royal National Hotel
The Royal National Hotel
4 out of 5
38-51 Bedford Way, London, England, WC1H 0DG
The price is ¥18,640 per night from Jun 1 to Jun 2
Stay at this 4-star eco-friendly hotel in London. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants, and 2 bars/lounges. Our guests praise the WiFi and the clean rooms in our reviews. ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (577 reviews)
"This hotel is a great price and in a great location. Just be advised that the rooms are a bit small and not air conditioned. The staff and service are exceptional. The rooms are also clean. Exceptional location."

Reviewed on May 17, 2022

The Royal National Hotel
Leonardo Royal London Tower Bridge
Leonardo Royal London Tower Bridge
4 out of 5
45 Prescot Street, London, England, E1 8GP
The price is ¥18,573 per night from Jun 12 to Jun 13
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in London. Enjoy free WiFi, a full-service spa, and breakfast. Our guests praise the pool and the clean rooms in our reviews. Popular ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,290 reviews)
"I stayed at the Leonardo Tower Bridge for first time but have stayed at Leonardo St Paul previously and that’s why I booked. Just felt the staff were not very organised. At the bar area we were shown to a table then waited a while for staff member to come take our drinks order. I ended up standing ..."

Reviewed on Apr 27, 2022

Leonardo Royal London Tower Bridge
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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4 out of 5
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The price is ¥16,509 per night from Jun 5 to Jun 6
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The Tower Hotel
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4 out of 5
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The price is ¥16,909 per night from Jun 19 to Jun 20
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The Royal National Hotel
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4 out of 5
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The price is ¥18,640 per night from Jun 1 to Jun 2
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Leonardo Royal London Tower Bridge
Leonardo Royal London Tower Bridge
4 out of 5
45 Prescot Street, London, England, E1 8GP
The price is ¥18,573 per night from Jun 12 to Jun 13
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Canopy by Hilton London City
Canopy by Hilton London City
4 out of 5
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The price is ¥24,927 per night from Jun 1 to Jun 2
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Leonardo Royal Hotel London City - Tower of London
4 out of 5
8-14 Cooper's Row, London, England, EC3N 2BQ
The price is ¥19,053 per night from Jun 12 to Jun 13
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Access Tower Bridge
Access Tower Bridge
3.5 out of 5
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The LaLit London
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5 out of 5
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The price is ¥26,495 per night from May 29 to May 30
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DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London -Tower of London
4 out of 5
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The price is ¥17,043 per night from Jun 5 to Jun 6
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