Situated approximately 42 meters above the River Thames, Tower Bridge’s lustrous blue upper walkways afford extraordinary views of the city centre to the west, the docklands to the east and the array of splendid buildings, old and new, that line the historic river.
Located in the borough of Tower Hamlets, the bridge is in easy walking distance from the City of London and interesting East End enclaves such as Brick Lane. Tower Bridge is a triumph of late Victorian engineering and an iconic part of the London skyline. Setting new standards in bridge construction the combined bascule and suspension bridge spans 61 meters across the Thames and rises far above it in a graceful form.
London’s maritime past was however a key factor in determining that late in the Victorian age no bridges existed to the east of London Bridge. Concerns of shipping access were soon though subordinated to the need to provide pedestrian cross-river access for London’s expanding East End population, making a new bridge an absolute necessity. The chosen structure allowed for pedestrian crossing – via the upper walkways while the bridge was raised – as well as allowing vessels in and out of the Thames’ eastern docks and quays.
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