The Tower Bridge of London

A bascule bridge over the longest river of England, River Thames, was built in 8 years. On 30th June 1894, a 244 meter long bridge by the name of Tower Bridge was opened which has now become London’s iconic symbol. This suspension bridge has two towers each with a height of 213 feet and the distance between them is 200 feet. In order to avoid any obstruction for huge ships, this bascule bridge was constructed which is raised at an angel of 83 degree and weighs 1,000 tons each. Tower Bridge is 143 feet above the river. Tower Bridge is being maintained by the Bridge House Estate who owns four other bridges of London.

Instructions

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    History:

    With an increase in the commercial development, the East End of London notified that a new river crossing is required. Due to the arrival of tall-masted ships, a Special Bridge or Subway Committee under the supervision of Sir Albert Joseph decided to build a bascule bridge. Designer Sir Horace Jones proposed the design of the bridge that was later approved. The construction initiated in the year 1886, with the supervision of five contractors; Sir John Jackson who laid the foundation of the bridge, Baron Armstrong played a main role in constructing a successful system of hydraulics, Sir H.H. Bartlett William Webster, along with Sir William Arrol & Co were also part of the construction team.

    King Edward VII along with his wife Princess of Wales, Alexandra of Denmark officially participated in the opening ceremony of Tower Bridge.

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    Nearest Attractions:

    Though the tower is being used for transport purpose but there are still several sites and attractions located within the radius of 1 mile from the Tower Bridge. If you intend to pay a visit at some eminent places situated near the bridge then take a look at the list of sites and attractions below:

    - Tower Bridge Exhibition
    - Tower of London
    - Design Museum
    - Southwark Cathedral
    - Lloyd's of London
    30 St Mary Axe - The Gherkin

    The bridge itself is a huge trademark of London; various directors captured some famous scenes for their films. These movies include The Mummy Returns, Sherlock Holmes, Biggles Adventures in Time and The Wolfman.

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    Things to do:

    - The venue can be hired for formal ceremonies like weddings and anniversaries. The arrangement made at Tower Bridge will convert your ordinary function into a glamorous one. The management of the venue will also grant high quality food along with a perfect service.

    - The walkways of Tower Bridge will give you a lifetime experience; the breathtaking view from the top is unforgettable.

    - The Tower Bridge Exhibition is another fascinating place to visit. Since many years the exhibition has attracted many visitors.

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    How to Contact:

    In order to contact the management of Tower Bridge, make a call on the numbers arranged below:

    General information contact: +44 20 7403 3761.
    Group bookings Contact: +44 20 7407 9191.
    Walkways Venue Hire Contact: +44 20 7407 9222.

    North Tower Lounge, Bridgemaster's Dining Room or Engine Rooms

    Venue Hire Contact: +44 20 7940 8384.
    Bridge lifts Contact: +44 20 7940 3984.
    Information related to marketing Contact: +44 20 7403 3761.

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    Operational Hours:

    You can contact the management of Tower Bridge between 10:00 am and 5:00 pm all through the week.

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    Location:

    Tower Bridge Road, London, Greater London SE1 2UP, United Kingdom.

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    How to Get There:

    By Tube:

    Fifteen minutes walk is required to reach from London Bridge station to the Tower Bridge. The distance between the two locations is 0.7 miles. You will have to start walking in northeast direction on the London Bridge St. After covering 253 feet, continue your walk on the London Borough High St/A3 and then move on to Duke Street Hill/A200. Continue to follow this road and you will be at your destination after covering 0.1 miles distance. For further information, check this link.

    By Bus:

    Bermondsey, Tower Bridge Road Tooley St (N-bound)‎‎ is the nearest bus stop. Heading north, walk for a minute or so and after 259 feet you will be there on the Great Tower Bridge.

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