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  • Address: London Bridge, London, England SE1 9BG
  • Hours: Open daily
  • Admission: Free

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London Bridge Tours

Though often confused with its grandiose neighbor Tower Bridge, London Bridge is, in reality, more functional than fancy. It does, however, have a long history, with its first iteration having been erected by the Romans way back in AD 50. No visible trace remains of the original bridge, nor of the handful of structures that replaced it, including the one that became the subject of that famous nursery rhyme. Though the current 1970s-built concrete version is not quite as eye-catching, the views it offers of Tower Bridge are hard to top.

The Basics
Many visitors to the British capital see the bridge during London tours, whether on a guided evening cycling excursion, a cruise down the River Thames, or while traveling via hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus. Some travelers also traverse the famous bridge on a walking tour or on their way to the London Bridge Experience and the London Tombs. The London Bridge Experience, situated within the still-standing vaults of the old 19th-century bridge, brings visitors on an interactive tour through time, with costumed actors enacting episodes from the bridge’s two-millennia-long history, while the London Tombs takes travelers to a former plague pit to relive some gruesome incidents from centuries past.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Bring a camera to take photos of Tower Bridge, the Tower of London, the Shard, the HMS Belfast, and the City of London, all of which are visible from London Bridge.
  • Visit at night to see the shimmering lights of London reflected on the Thames River.  
  • Bring raingear to protect yourself from London’s frequent downpours.
 
How to Get There
London Bridge is well-connected. Take the tube to Monument station (via the District or Circle line) at the north end of the bridge or to London Bridge station (via the Northern or Jubilee line) at the south end. London Bridge also serves as a rail station, with routes running across greater London and beyond.
 
When to Get There
Avoid visiting during the morning and evening rush hours, when commuting city workers crowd the sidewalks. Mid-mornings and mid-afternoons are quieter.
 
The Sale of London Bridge
Perhaps the most famous story associated with this icon is one of mistaken identity. In the 1960s, the rapidly deteriorating 1831-built London Bridge was purchased for a tidy sum by American businessman Robert P. McCulloch, who—according to rumor—believed he had purchased the much more magnificent Tower Bridge. Either way, McCulloch had the last laugh, relocating the 19th-century bridge to Arizona’s Lake Havasu, where it’s now a major tourist draw.

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The London Bridge Experience and London Tombs Entrance Ticket, London, null
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The London Bridge Experience and London Tombs Entrance Ticket

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The London Bridge Experience and London Tombs are two attractions in one, both having won multiple awards. Relive the past as you venture through London’s ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 1 hour

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Tower of London and Tower Bridge Walking Tour, London, Attraction Tickets
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Tower of London and Tower Bridge Walking Tour

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Time-Traveling Tour of London by Vintage Bus, London, Walking Tours
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Time-Traveling Tour of London by Vintage Bus

Travel through London’s past, present and future on this entertaining tour of the British capital by vintage bus. Sitting comfortably aboard a tricked-out ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

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London Pass Including Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour and Entry to Over 80 Attractions, London, City Tours
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London Pass Including Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour and Entry to Over 80 Attractions

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Discover the joy of sightseeing with the London Pass, and enjoy free entry to over 80 of its world-class sites like Westminster Abbey, The Shard and the Tower ...  Read more

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Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour, London, Sightseeing Passes
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Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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See the sights of London aboard an open-top, double-decker Big Bus as you admire 360-degree views of top attractions and listen to captivating commentary. Use ...  Read more

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The Original London Sightseeing Tour: Hop-on Hop-off, London, Hop-on Hop-off Tours
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The Original London Sightseeing Tour: Hop-on Hop-off

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Discover top London attractions at your leisure on this flexible open dated hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour of London. With three family-friendly routes and ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

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Vintage London Bus Tour Including Thames Cruise with Optional London Eye, London, Hop-on Hop-off ... 
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Vintage London Bus Tour Including Thames Cruise with Optional London Eye

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Whether it's your first or fifth time in London, traveling around on a vintage Routemaster bus is the perfect way to get a comprehensive view of the city. This ...  Read more

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Family-Friendly Tower of London Tour Including Thames River Cruise, London, Hop-on Hop-off Tours
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Family-Friendly Tower of London Tour Including Thames River Cruise

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Embark on a 2.5-hour, family-friendly Tower of London tour, specially designed to draw out the tower’s murky history in a creative and imaginative way. Set ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
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London Vintage Bus Tour Including River Thames Cruise with Optional Lunch, London, Kid Friendly ... 
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London Vintage Bus Tour Including River Thames Cruise with Optional Lunch

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Discover London’s highlights on this action-packed half-day tour. Explore the city by vintage double-decker bus and see famous sights such as Westminster Abbey ...  Read more

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Traditional English Food Tasting Walking Tour in London, London, Bus & Minivan Tours
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Traditional English Food Tasting Walking Tour in London

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On this tour, you will treat your taste buds to the gastronomic culinary cuisine of central London during a 3.5-hour walking food tour of this beautiful and ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
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