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Tower Bridge
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With its Gothic towers and elegant walkways, Tower Bridge is unlike any other – and a fitting gateway for ships sailing up the Thames.

London's Tower Bridge is one of the best-known bridges in the world, feted for its unusual but iconic design. Its twin towers and drawbridges allow sailing ships to pass beneath it, while pedestrians could cross over the top. But despite its ancient Gothic appearance, Tower Bridge is only a recent addition to the Thames river-scape. It was designed and built at in the 19th century, and opened by the Prince of Wales in 1894. Since then it has stamped itself into the world's mind, as a brilliant example of Great Britain's quirky and fun take on buildings in its capital.

But what the designers had in mind wasn't the making of an iconic bridge, but solving the problem of congestion in the East End of London. A bridge was needed, but boats with tall masts still sailed upstream to the Port of London. A drawbridge design allowed road traffic to cross, until a ship needed to pass beneath it, when traffic would be halted and the central sections would swing upwards. The genius of the design was to build two towers on each side to act as support for the other sections – and also letting pedestrians cross via raised walkways between them.

Because the site chosen was next to the famous medieval castle of the Tower of London, it was decided to deck the towers out in Gothic splendour. The result was that the drawbridge and towers of Tower Bridge made a perfect fit to those of the castle behind it. Now Tower Bridge is opened much less for river traffic – though still up to three times a day – and it takes the strain for commuters heading to and from the East End of London. And it remains a star attraction, hosting atmospheric lights for celebrations, and the Olympic Rings during the 2012 Olympic Games. Not forgetting the hordes of tourists who come to peer at its mechanics, and walk across its famous walkways.

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The Tower Hotel
The Tower Hotel
4 out of 5
St Katharine's Way, London, England
The price is Rs7,552 per night from 17 May to 17 May
Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Tower Bridge, Tower of London and HMS Belfast. The Shard and Excel Exhibition Centre ...
4.2/5Excellent! (2,702 reviews)
"Lovely hotel with great staff. Would highly recommend."

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Leonardo Royal London Tower Bridge
Leonardo Royal London Tower Bridge
4 out of 5
45 Prescot Street, London, England
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The price is Rs8,813 per night from 9 May to 9 May
Located in London City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Tower Bridge and Tower of London. Borough Market and Museum of London are also ...
4.3/5Excellent! (991 reviews)
"Location was perfect for an evening walk plus the view (6th Floor) was spectacular"

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Tower Suites by Blue Orchid
Tower Suites by Blue Orchid
4 out of 5
100 Minories, London, England
The price is Rs8,884 per night from 11 May to 11 May
Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Financial District, The Gherkin and Liverpool Street. Tower Bridge and Brick Lane are ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (37 reviews)
"Good location, good service, clean. Very pleased with my two nights visit."

Reviewed on 1 Mar 2021

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The Tower Hotel
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4 out of 5
St Katharine's Way, London, England
The price is Rs7,552 per night from 17 May to 17 May
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Leonardo Royal London Tower Bridge
4 out of 5
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The price is Rs8,813 per night from 9 May to 9 May
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Tower Suites by Blue Orchid
4 out of 5
100 Minories, London, England
The price is Rs8,884 per night from 11 May to 11 May
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Shangri La Hotel At The Shard London
5 out of 5
31 St Thomas Street, London, England
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Residence Inn by Marriott London Tower Bridge
4 out of 5
180 Bermondsey Street, London, England
The price is Rs7,160 per night from 9 May to 9 May
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Residence Inn by Marriott London Bridge
Residence Inn by Marriott London Bridge
4 out of 5
201-211 Long Lane, London, England
The price is Rs7,076 per night from 23 May to 23 May
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DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London -Tower of London
4 out of 5
7 Pepys Street, London, England
The price is Rs8,716 per night from 9 May to 9 May
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Quaint Holiday Home in London Near Tower Bridge
3 out of 5
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3.5 out of 5
85 Royal Mint St, London, England
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