London Log: Above the Bridge

Published: Dec. 28, 2017 at 7:34 PM MST
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I love to travel and I try to do it whenever possible. When I am fortunate enough to have a really cool experience, I like to share it here in the hope that others can do it too! I’m posting some travel tips from a recent trip to London.

Above the Bridge

One of the most iconic sights in London is Tower Bridge. It’s not as old as many of the top tourist attractions, but when you see it you know it’s in London! Please don’t mistake Tower Bridge for London Bridge…..two very different bridges.

Tower Bridge was built in the late 1880s and early 1890s. It gets its name from the fact that it crosses the River Thames right next to the much older Tower of London. The design came from a contest launched in 1877. The winning design was chosen from 50 entries. It is beautiful to see from a distance and to walk across. Here’s the other option. You can now tour what is called the Tower Bridge experience. You can walk from one tower to the other in the enclosed, elevated walkway far above the road and river below. Part of it even has a glass floor for an unusual perspective on the bridge deck below. It’s an interesting way to be inside the well-known structure we’re all so used to seeing from the outside.

You can even go inside the engine room to see how steam power was once used to raise the bridge and allow ships to pass through.

The Tower Bridge Experience can be done in an hour or less and it is included with the London Pass. Just walk onto the bridge and look for the signs to the entrance in one of the two huge towers.

We'll talk again soon.