Tower Bridge Pictures
Tower Bridge seen from the north side with Butler's Wharf and some good though pricey restaurants vaguely visible on the other side of the Thames (South Bank); there's also a pleasant drinkies spot near the leaping dolphin. The Tower of London is on this side of the Thames, 200m to the right.
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The bridge seen from the Tower of London, North Bank. It was completed in 1892.
Underside of Tower Bridge, though not the opening section. The Town Hall 'Testicle' and South Bank can be seen on the right.
London Bridge is, of course, free to walk and enjoy the views, not to mention crossing the Thames.
There are few added attractions on and in the bridge for those who are happy to pay:
* High Level Walkways (see photo below, high central section) that can be used as an event space.
* A luxurious North Tower Lounge.
* Victorian Engine Rooms that power the bridge opening.
* Bridge Master's Dining Room
* Tower Bridge Exhibition.
The bridge opening seen from Butler's Wharf, South Bank.
St. Katherine Dock and the Dickens Inn. Next, Tower of London Pictures.
On the north bank a couple of minutes downstream of the Tower of London is a large tranquil marina, St Katherine Dock, that used to be a tributary of the Thames River. It's not a must-see though yachties will like it and the Dickens Inn is very old, colourful and popular.
Getting to Tower Bridge. Also see City of London Map
On Foot: North Side - 1 minute walk to the Tower of London, 20 minutes walk from St Paul's Cathedral, 5 minutes from the monument to the Great Fire of London. South Side - you can continue walking downstream on the South Bank but it offers less attractions than heading upstream to London Bridge station and the London Dungeon experience, Borough (food) Market, and about 15 minutes away Shakespeare's Globe Theatre and the Tate Modern art gallery.
By Bicycle: There are docking spaces at Tower Gardens and Crosswall for Barclay's Bikes.
By Tube/Underground: Tower Hill tube, London Bridge mainline station on the South Bank or DLR (Docklands Light Railway from east London) stop at Tower Hill.
By Bus: 15, 42, 78, 100, RV1.
By Car: Very expensive but available at Lower Thames Street, 2 minutes walk from the Tower.
By Boat: Head for Tower Pier, which is very close to the Tower. Thames Clipper ferries or riverboats from Charing Cross, Westminster, Greenwich and many other piers.
Official website: Tower Bridge
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