Tower Bridge, London

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    The Majestic Tower Bridge

    by iblatt Updated Nov 10, 2012
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    The Tower Bridge is one of the icons of London, with its distinct shape and character. It takes its name from the adjacent Tower of London. It consists of two towers connected by an upper walkway.

    The need to construct a new bridge downstream from London Bridge arose during the second half if the 19th century, with the commercial development of the East End of London.
    The plan which won approval included a central "bascule bridge" between the two towers, which could be opened and lifted for the passage of ships on the river, and a suspension bridge at either end.

    The Tower Bridge is 244 meters long, and the towers are 65 meters high.
    It has four exhibition venues: the high level Walkways, with great views of the Thames; the North Tower Lounge; the Victorian Engine Rooms ;and the Bridge Master’s Dining Room.

    In the evening the bridge is beautifully illuminated and looks very impressive. We were sitting in the Tower Hotel bar and watched it open and close when ships pass under it, and it was a majestic sight!

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    Tower Bridge

    by solopes Updated Sep 25, 2012

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    Tower Bridge is one of London's best known landmarks for more than 100 years. The middle of the bridge can be raised to allow the boats to pass, what nowadays happens less than once a day.

    From the top there is a great view on the centre of London, with a display with the story of the bridge, and the original mechanism used to raise the bridge, however, the entrance is not cheap. (Actually closed... it seems)

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    Magnificent Tower Bridge

    by meteorologist1 Written Jan 15, 2012

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    One of the well-known landmarks of London, the Tower Bridge spans the River Thames on the east side of London. A must-see for any visitor to the city. A great photo opportunity. This landmark can be visited along with the Tower of London, which is located nearby. We stayed near the Liverpool Street station and were able to come here conveniently via bus routes #42 or #78.

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    Tower Bridge is not the London Bridge..

    by Stentorian Written Dec 2, 2011
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    Yes, many people confuses between these two. Though they are very close to each other but they are not the same. Tower bridge is for both vehicles and pedestrians while the London bridge is only for walking..

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    Things to Preserve

    by walterwu Updated Sep 4, 2011
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    Tower Bridge is a combined bascule and suspension bridge in London, England, over the River Thames.

    This bridge was officially open on 1894.

    The Tower Bridge is still very much a historical bridge that is still in use to this day. When we were there, the traffic was stopped and bridge close in order to raise the deck for a passing yacht. After the yacht had passed, the bridge deck was lowered and open to traffic.

    It is, probably, more economical to replace it with a new bridge or demolish it altogether but because of it's historical value, the bridge is now one of the favourite tourist destination.

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    Experience London for free at The Scoop

    by view.finder Updated Jul 20, 2011

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    This ergonomically-crafted ampitheatre beneath the GLA building at the heartbeat of London (at it's best) has managed to change my opinion of the city and is a perfect place to spend a Friday night or quite equally, a Wednesday afternoon.

    Last Friday I visited The Scoop for the second time. One year ago there was just as good an atmosphere. This summer, the space is enhanced by a photographic exhibition themed around local customs undertaken by different cultures all around the world so this strikes a chord with most of it's visitors and you can wander between stands at your will. The photographs have a sort of Lonely Planet feel and are very educational around places near and far.

    The Scoop has a large array of events all throughout the summer season. This July, bands play there several times a week and from August there will be live theatre every day. From September you can watch films in the space, which holds around 800 people according to the website.

    Last summer I watched 'Toad of Toad Hall', a family friendly theatre production based on the Kenneth Grahame book. It was an excellent production benefiting from surrounding. This year I've so far taken in some live music, The All Stars Collective, who last Friday evening played for a stunning two-and-a-half hours and come the climax, erradicated the need to do anything else at all with my Friday night. The beauty of The Scoop is that it's free, welcoming and sociable. This, for London, (in London, with Londoners) is unusual. I wasn't sure what to make of a funk/jazz/soul ensemble. I'm pretty comfortable with my Marvin Gaye albums and a quiet night in ... yes, the quality of the performers is always top draw. Within half and hour there were large groups of people stood, dancing, obstructing your view so, that after a short warm-up the whole place was virtually on it's feet. The atmosphere was so eventful that commuters and suits were stopping at the top, looking down into the stage to see what all the fuss was about. Everywhere people swap glances, stories, food, even partners!

    One tip, take your own food and booze. You can take it what you like and leave when you want, but if it's an easy, low key, spontaneous and cultural kinda night then go along and see what's going on. Worth a glance even if you're not expecting much. And you may just end up staying all night.

    I shall definitely be back fro another scoop if not before, next month!

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    Must see sight site

    by fred98115 Updated Jul 9, 2011
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    We combined three activities in one when we went to the Tower Bridge. We waited here for a Thames River cruise in one of those observation boats, viewed the Bridge, and gazed at the Tower itself. All of this started in an area vastly changed from when I was first there. There is a large area devoted to fish and chips and other touristy items. This can be one crowded place, but it also has a lot to offer. Endure and enjoy.

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    Walk Across The Tower Bridge

    by Donna_in_India Updated Jun 3, 2011

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    Crossing the River Thames is the Tower Bridge. The TB is a combined Bascule and suspension bridge and one of the most recognizable landmarks in London. It contains 11,000 tons of steel, and sophisticated engineering raises its middle portion to allow tall ships through. The bridge opens around 500 times a year, taking about 90 seconds to open fully.

    We took a short walk (1/2 mile including the approaches) across the bridge to the Tower of London side. Nice views up and down the Thames. Only odd thing was the cables and upper walkway being a really bright color blue!

    The structure contains the Tower Bridge Experience, an exhibit detailing the history of the bridge and explaining how the mechanisms work. (April - September 10:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m., November - March 9:30 - 6:00 p.m. Tower Bridge Exhibition is closed 24 - 26 December and open from 12.00 on the 1 January.)

    It is said that the views from the high walkways on the Catwalk are magnificent, but I was a little nervous about doing that!

    Admission for Exhibition:

    Adults £8.00

    Children (aged 5-15) £3.40

    Discounts for seniors, students, families.

    Admission for the Exhibition and Monument (http://www.themonument.info/):

    Adults £9.00

    Children (aged 5-15) £4.00

    Discounts for seniors and students.

    Prices valid until 31 March 2012. Children aged 15 years or under must be accompanied by an adult.

    Tickets may be purchased on the day of visit or in advance on the website listed below.

    Please note that all visitor information is correct as of this update.

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    majestic bridge

    by dircelo Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Tower Bridge is one of the most striking bridges of the world, you have seen it on pictures before!
    Now you got to come and see it for real. The blue white colour, the towers, the location make it worth wile. More information you find on the webside or within the contribution of others.
    It is still spectacular if traffic stops and if it is opening for a large ship passing through.

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    One Bridge one hundred views

    by Buckz Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Everyone has seen pictures of Tower Bridge, so the real challenge is to get a picture of it that is different to the post cards. This shot was taken from St Katherines Dock, the "other side" compared to most stock shots of Tower bridge.

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    Tower Bridge Exhibition

    by kris-t Updated Jan 30, 2011

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    "A visit to Tower Bridge Exhibition clearly explains how the Bridge works and describes its fascinating history".

    The main entrance of Tower Bridge Exhibition is located at the North West Tower of the Bridge; allowing entrance into the Bridge’s iconic structure.

    Ticket Prices Adults £7.00
    Child (aged 5-15) £3.00
    Child (under 5) Free
    Family tickets from £11.00

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    Tower Bridge

    by kris-t Updated Jan 29, 2011

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    Tower Bridge is a bascule bridge in London, over the River Thames. It is close to the Tower of London, which gives it its name.

    Construction of the bridge started in 1886 and took 8 years, employing 5 major contractors and 432 construction workers. Two massive piers, containing over 70,000 tons of concrete, were sunk into the river bed to support the construction. Over 11,000 tons of steel provided the framework for the towers and walkways. This was then clad in Cornish granite and Portland Stone, both to protect the underlying steelwork and to give the bridge a pleasing appearance.

    The bridge was opened in 1893 by the Prince of Wales, the future King Edward VII of the United Kingdom and his wife, Alexandra of Denmark.

    Tower bridge with two lifting sections which originally ran on steam, has a visitors centre. - The "tower bridge experience"

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    Tower Bridge

    by leffe3 Updated Nov 26, 2010

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    Another of those landmark buildings that are synonymous with the London skyline.

    Completed in 1894, interestingly it is known as Tower Bridge due to its location next to the Tower of London - a name that was decided upon before the final designs for the bridge were accepted. So its two towers have nothing to do with the name Tower Bridge.

    There's a wonderful story from the 1960s when a conglomerate from Arizona applied to buy London Bridge. Negotiations were protracted but eventually agreed and, stone by stone, the bridge was dismantled and shipped off to the Arizona desert. Imagine the shock when it was unpacked - the conglomeratethought they were buying Tower Bridge: London Bridge was nothing more than a very uninteresting bridge built in the 1950s! No-one knows for sure if this is a true story, but even if it's not, it's a good yarn :)

    There are other stories usually associated with the opening of the bridge to allow ships to pass through, including the splitting of Bill Clinton's motorcade in two. Leaving lunch late, they missed their timings and the bridge opened:) In the 1950s the bridge opened whilst a red double-decker bus was crossing – the driver making a split second decision to 'jump' the gap. It was only about 3 feet but buses were not made for such heroics. No-one was injured.

    The bridge is featured under construction in the recent Sherlock Holmes film as well as The Wolfman. For those who like to identify the goofs, The Wolfman was set in 1891 - ie 3 years before Tower Bridge was completed and opened.

    The Bridge is open to the public, facilitating great views of the Thames and the city, as well as the engine rooms and exhibition of the building of the structure.

    Opening times: daily: 10am-6.30pm (April-September), 9.30am-6pm (October-March). Closed 24/25 December
    Admission: £7.00/ £3.00 (kids)/ £5.00 (concessions)/ £11.00 (family)

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    Tower Bridge

    by WheninRome Updated Nov 24, 2010

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    The Tower Bridge is a London icon and a must see as a part of any trip to London. What a beautiful structure. They certainly don't make them like that anymore!

    We walked across the Tower Bridge after leaving the Tower Of London; however, we did not take the Tower Bridge tour. In retrospect, I wish we would have. At 7 gbp it really isn't that expensive.

    Nevertheless, walking across it is also quite magical.

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    Tower Bridge

    by GrantBoone Written Nov 9, 2010

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    Tower Bridge Exhibition, inside the Most Famous Bridge in the World, is a must see attraction for any visitor to London. Tower Hill station can be accessed from the District and Circle lines to the north side of the Bridge.

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