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Tower BridgeWith its views of the Tower Of London and The Shard, Tower Bridge offers one of the best vantage points in the city from its spectacular glass walkways, elevated 140ft above the Thames. The East Walkway boasts fantastic views of the Docklands and the elegant Canary Wharf, while from the West Walkway you can compare the mixed architectural styles of City Hall, the Tower Of London, St Paul's Cathedral, the City, Big Ben and the London Eye. Now galleried and with glass underfoot, these walkways were originally built to transport pedestrians across the Thames when the bridge was being lifted to let tall ships sail past. Today you can walk on the spectacular glass floor 42 metres above the river and if you time it right you can see the bascules being raised beneath your feet. Entering via the North Tower, visitors are whisked smoothly and seamlessly by lift to the top (47 metres above the Thames) where they have a unique opportunity to see the Bridges spectacular steel skeleton from within. A series of short films document the fascinating history of the Bridge, while interactive computerised kiosks and graphic panels explain the significance of the incredible views. Each tour ends with a dramatic descent into the historical Victorian Engine Rooms. Installed for the completion of the bridge in 1894, these huge and beautifully maintained, coal-driven engines were used to power the thousands of bridge lifts. Experiment with models demonstrating the technology behind the Bridge, while viewing an intriguing collection of photographs charting the life story of this world famous construction, before being taken smoothly back down to solid ground.

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Underground Stations

Underground Stations

 
London Bridge Tube Station
 
8 minutes walk
 
Bermondsey Tube Station
 
13 minutes walk
 
Railway Stations

Railway Stations

 
Surrey Quays Overground Station
 
22 minutes walk
 
Canada Water Overground Station
 
23 minutes walk
 
 
Car Parks

Car Parks

 
Q-Park Butlers Wharf
 
2 minutes walk
 
Snowsfields NCP
 
10 minutes walk
 
 
 
 

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Hilton London Tower Bridge
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £98  41% off
5 More London Place, SE1 | 4 minutes from Tower Bridge
This plush, modern hotel south of the historic Tower Bridge is very convenient for exploring London. Just five minutes from the Tube station, it's 10 to ... More
 
 
 
The Tower Hotel
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Guoman Tower, E1Q | 5 minutes from Tower Bridge
It's the location on the River Thames that give this hotel next to the Tower of London and Tower Bridge a wow factor. It's also very ... More
 
 
 
Cheval Three Quays Apartments
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40 Lower Thames Street, EC3R | 7 minutes from Tower Bridge
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HMS Belfast
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Morgan's Lane, Tooley Street, Bankside, London SE1 | 5 minutes from Tower Bridge
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Golden Hinde
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Pickfords Wharf, Clink Street, Bankside, London SE1 | 14 minutes from Tower Bridge
Sir Francis Drake completed the second-ever circumnavigation of the world between 1577-80 in a galleon ship called the Golden Hinde. The ship has been re-created and ... More
 
 
 
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110 The Queen's Walk, Bankside, London SE1 | 3 minutes from Tower Bridge
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Tower Bridge, Bankside, London SE1 | 3 minutes from Tower Bridge
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Tower Bridge, Tower Pier, EC3N | 6 minutes from Tower Bridge
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3 Potters Fields Park, Bankside, London SE1 | 1 minute from Tower Bridge
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The Architecture Foundation
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Ground Floor East, 136-148 Tooley Street, Bankside, London SE1 | 4 minutes from Tower Bridge
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147 Tooley Street, More London, Bankside, London SE1 | 4 minutes from Tower Bridge
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London > Shopping > Food and Drink Shops
36D Shad Thames, SE1 | 3 minutes from Tower Bridge
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Maltby Street Market
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Maltby Street, Bermondsey, Southwark, London SE1 | 5 minutes from Tower Bridge
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KaseSwiss
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104 Druid Street, Southwark, London SE1 | 5 minutes from Tower Bridge
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Tom Simmons Tower Bridge
London > Restaurants > British restaurants
2 Still Walk, SE1 | 1 minute from Tower Bridge
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Story
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201 Tooley Street, Bankside, London SE1 | 1 minute from Tower Bridge
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Unit 3.1 One Tower Bridge, 4 Crown Square, SE1 | 1 minute from Tower Bridge
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London College Of Communication
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106 Bunhill Row, City, London EC1Y | 31 minutes from Tower Bridge
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Floor 52, Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard, Bankside, London SE1 | 8 minutes from Tower Bridge
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The Anchor Tap
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23 Horsleydown Road, Bermondsey, Bankside, London SE1 | 1 minute from Tower Bridge
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The Garrison Public House
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Nine Lives
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8 Holyrood Street, SE1 | 4 minutes from Tower Bridge
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40 Maltby Street, Southwark, London SE1 | 5 minutes from Tower Bridge
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Hide Bar
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39-45 Bermondsey Street, SE1 | 5 minutes from Tower Bridge
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