Tower Bridge is one of the most iconic sights in London. It was opened in 1894, designed to echo the nearby Tower of London although the two have no association except proximity. The bridge is a bascule bridge which means the span lifts to allow ships and yachts through headed for the Pool of London, the port area just upstream of Tower Bridge. River traffic takes priority over road traffic and cars have to wait when a boat wants to come through.
The bridge has two high towers suspended by wires from the land and linked by a high-level walkway between. This was designed for pedestrians to be able to cross the river even when the bridge was open and you can still walk across it today. A common confusion is that Tower Bridge is actually called London Bridge but in fact that is the next one upstream, a much plainer bridge.
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Doing what: London Thames River Dinner Cruise
Entrance to Tower Bridge is on the north side of the river, the Tower of London side. The nearest tube station is Tower Hill. Or you can arrive the old-fashioned way: by boat, many of the river cruises stop here. Try and time your visit with when the bridge is opening: times can be found online.