London's Tower Bridge opened in 1894, and took 450 workers 18 years to plan and build. Stretching almost 870 feet across the famous River Thames, it is the most recognizable bridge in London and arguably one of the most famous bridges in the world. It’s also one of the first things many tourists visit on a trip to London, once they’ve settled in to one of the almost 800 hotels near Tower Bridge.
Throngs of tourists walking the bridge daily, taking plenty of photos along the way. It's a free and beautiful addition to any day trip in London. If you want something more, get a get a deeper experience by walking inside the towers and the connected elevated walkways. You'll be rewarded with a unique view of a modern city built on thousands of years of history.
While you're there, don't pass up the opportunity to learn about the bridge's design and construction, or view some of the world-class art on display. The Tower Exhibition gives you the opportunity to learn more about the bridge and the amazing Victorian Engine rooms. Once you've seen how the bridge came to be, take a stroll on one of the elevated walkways, and you'll be treated to one of the special art and photography exhibits held there throughout the year.
And, if you're really lucky, you'll be able to attend an event in one of the towers, which can be rented for special occasions.
Fun Facts about the Tower Bridge:
Eleven thousand pounds of steel went into constructing the framework.
Most people of the time actually disapproved of the Victorian Gothic architecture, which was designed by London City Architect Horace Jones and John Wolfe Barry.
Each of the movable bridge decks are almost 99 feet wide, and still open for water traffic.
Boats must schedule bridge openings 24 hours in advance.
Visiting the Tower Bridge
The Tower Bridge is easily accessible via Underground and bus services, cab, and tour bus, and is a great place to start a day-trip in the city.
Our rooms are unique. All feature 4-poster beds, iPod docking stations and designer bathrooms, and no 2 are alike in shape or style. You'll have a different experience every time at Hotel Indigo London Tower-Hill, but you can always expect the same warm and friendly service.
Enjoy easy access to London's financial district and trendy East End at Holiday Inn® London – Commercial Road hotel. A 15-minute drive from London City Airport with Tube and DLR links to Canary Wharf and the Tower of London, the hotel is perfect for work visits and weekend breaks. There's a Starbucks® in the lobby and Wi-Fi is included.
The hotel is situated in an ideal location; 5 minutes walking distance to Southwark Tube Station and Blackfriars Station. Come and enjoy the most famous London attractions as the London Eye, Tate Modern, and Tower Bridge on the Riverbank.
You'll find unique decor in each of the Suites at Crowne Plaza London-The City. The lounges in the Tate Modern, St Bride's and St Paul's Suites all have artwork and books tailored to the iconic landmark that's visible from the double-aspect windows.
Guests of Holiday Inn Express London-City enjoy discounted use of the stylish Market Sports gym, a 5-minute walk from the hotel. Work out in the cardiovascular and weights rooms, cool off in the chlorine-free swimming pool and unwind in the sauna and steam room.
The Staybridge Suites London Vauxhall is located within the developing area of Vauxhall and Battersea. Less than 5 minute walk from the hotel is River Thames and Albert Embankment. A stroll along the riverside takes you towards Southbank and Westminster and many restaurants and bars,
Holiday Inn Express London – Vauxhall Nine Elms offers complimentary Wi-Fi throughout all public areas and bedrooms as well an Express Start breakfast offering hot and cold food items which is included in your room rate.
We also offer car parking facilities charged at an additional fee. (Must be Pre-Booked)
Getting to Holiday Inn Express London-Victoria is easy, thanks to its location near the transport hub of Victoria train station and Pimlico Undergound. Hotel is only 4 minutes walk from Pimlico station and 15 minutes from Victoria Railway Station. Gatwick Airport is just 30 minutes by express train, Heathrow Airport is accessible by London Underground, and buses serve the city centre and beyond.