As someone who grew up in London I find it easy to take the city’s tourist highlights for granted, passing each tasty landmark with an air of indifference as I race around the city.
But every once in a while I take time out to truly enjoy the city of my birth, walking the South Bank or cruising the Thames on a river boat, and Tower Bridge is one of my favourite sights. One of the most famous bridges in the world, it was completed in 1894 and designed to swing upwards, like a drawbridge, allowing tall boats to pass down the river. The bridge raises just three or so times a week – a big come down from 50 a day when huge sailing ships ploughed the river with trade. I’ve been lucky enough to catch this while on the river, as the spindly mast of a traditional sailing barge bobbed underneath.
The Tower Bridge Exhibition lets you tour the old pump rooms, and discover the history of the bridge, as well as offering a behind-the-scenes tour of the central cabin. You can also climb the towers and cross the walkway allowing for stunning views across the city.
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