Tower Bridge, London, England
What is Tower Bridge?
Tower Bridge seen from the Tower of London, North Bank. It was completed in 1892.
Tower Bridge is not the same as London Bridge! Don’t confuse the two. This is is the spectacular ancient bridge in central London that opens for tall ships and that tourists can visit. London Bridge is its plain and more modern cousin, next upstream. The previous London Bridge was bought by a wealthy American, possibly mistakenly, thinking it was this one! Old London Bridge is now installed in Lake Havasu City, Arizona.
No Swimming in the Thames
Don’t try to swim in the Thames even on a rare very hot day. It is not illegal but it is dangerous, with boats large and small traveling both ways throughout the day and it’s tidal which means it can be very deep and move very quickly.
It’s also not especially clean, though it’s certainly much, much better than it used to be and fish actually swim there new and survive without growing an extra head.
Tower Bridge is, of course, free to walk and enjoy the views, not to mention crossing the Thames to get to and from the Tower of London (on the left side in this photo).
St Katherine Dock
St. Katherine Dock and the Dickens Inn.
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.