As many probably know, London is a city situated on one of England’s most iconic rivers – the River Thames. With north and south divided by this meandering aquatic leviathan and plenty of riverside options for afternoon tea near Paddington Station, it’s unsurprising to find that London has a great many bridges and riverside views for tourists. Some are more inconspicuous than others, connecting key boroughs and transport routes in and out of the city, whilst others have such historic significance that you’ll see them on city football logos, London company emblems and London coats of arms.
Of course, we’re talking about Tower Bridge, one of the most prominent bridges in not only London, but the UK too. Not only is Tower Bridge of historic importance to the city, but it adds a majesty and character to London, making it a must-see for first time guests at accommodation in Paddington London.
Whether passing over on your way to a reservation at restaurants in Paddington London or your planning to tour the bridge itself, this blog will outline some vital information for any first time visitor to Tower Bridge.
History Of Tower Bridge
Opened in 1894 after a 10 year construction period, Tower Bridge is a suspension bridge that was designed by Horace Jones and crosses between the Tower of London and the Bermondsey area. The beautiful bridge and its moveable centre, which makes it a bascule bridge, were designed especially because of the increase in shipping and trade that sailed through this point in the river. Pair that with the need for more transport across the Thames into and out of East London, and the drawbridge quality to Tower became the only viable solution. 240 metres in length and 65 metres high at its two towers, Tower Bridge still sees 40,000 crossings by car a day.
Getting To Tower Bridge
For guests of the Chilworth Hotel London who want to see Tower Bridge for themselves, you can walk it from the Tower of London and Tower HIll tube station from the district and circle line on the north side. On the south side, you can reach Tower Bridge from London Bridge station on national rail, northern and Jubilee Underground lines.
Tower Bridge is also part of the A100 inner London ring road, meaning you can drive across it. However, you may be subject to congestion charges
Not only does Tower Bridge come with its own exhibition and gallery, it is close to some of the best tourist attractions in London. These include London Bridge’s Borough Market, the White Cube Gallery in Bermondsey and the Tower of London.
Tower Bridge Tour
The Tower Bridge Tour provides access via elevator to the two walkways connecting the towers of Tower Bridge. Providing incredible views over the River Thames and central London, the Tower Bridge Tour and exhibit explores the history and design of the bridge through archival film, photos and interactive displays. The tour also includes a walk over the glass-floored walkway between the towers and on occasions, tours of the bridge’s engine rooms.