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 Rs9,109 per night from 7 Nov to 7 Nov
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 ...
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"A bit ugly on the outside but inside is much better. Main lifts very slow and gave up waiting most of the time, only on the first floor thankfully. Staff nice and friendly."

Reviewed on 17 Oct 2021

The Tower Hotel
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citizenM Tower of London
4 out of 5
40 Trinity Square, London, England
The price is Rs9,569 per night from 7 Nov to 7 Nov
Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Tower of London and London Bridge. St. Paul's Cathedral and Covent Garden Market are ...
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Shangri-La The Shard, London
Shangri-La The Shard, London
5 out of 5
31 St Thomas Street, London, England
The price is Rs54,728 per night from 20 Oct to 20 Oct
Located in London City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Borough Market, London Bridge and HMS Belfast. Globe Theatre and Tate Modern are ...
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Reviewed on 18 Oct 2021

Shangri-La The Shard, London
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The Tower Hotel
The Tower Hotel
4 out of 5
St Katharine's Way, London, England
The price is Rs9,109 per night from 7 Nov to 7 Nov
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citizenM Tower of London
4 out of 5
40 Trinity Square, London, England
The price is Rs9,569 per night from 7 Nov to 7 Nov
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Shangri-La The Shard, London
Shangri-La The Shard, London
5 out of 5
31 St Thomas Street, London, England
The price is Rs54,728 per night from 20 Oct to 20 Oct
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Leonardo Royal London Tower Bridge
4 out of 5
45 Prescot Street, London, England
The price is Rs10,558 per night from 18 Nov to 18 Nov
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Dorsett City London
Dorsett City London
4 out of 5
9 Aldgate High Street, London, England
The price is Rs9,523 per night from 14 Nov to 14 Nov
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Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
4 out of 5
200 Westminster Bridge Road, London, England
The price is Rs17,372 per night from 31 Oct to 31 Oct
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The LaLit London
The LaLit London
5 out of 5
181 Tooley Street, London, England
The price is Rs13,218 per night from 31 Oct to 31 Oct
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DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London -Tower of London
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London -Tower of London
4 out of 5
7 Pepys Street, London, England
The price is Rs9,385 per night from 31 Oct to 31 Oct
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Club Quarters Hotel London City
Club Quarters Hotel London City
4 out of 5
7 Gracechurch Street, London, England
The price is Rs12,945 per night from 5 Nov to 5 Nov
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