Tower Bridge the start of London
The River Thames is the lifeblood of London it stretches from its source in the Cotswold Hills to the open sea near Southend in Essex. For most of its length it is traversed by bridges both small and large, which carry motorised transport, walkers and cyclists over the Thames.
Tower Bridge must be one of the world’s most recognised bridges along with Sydney, San Francisco to mention just a few
Built in1894 it is the London Bridge you tend to see in movies and in advertising literature for London. Tower Bridge is the only Thames Bridge which can be raised.
When the Thames was a working river in London the bridge was raised fifty times a day, but nowadays it is only raised 4 to 5 times a week.
Tower Bridge is the curtain to London travelling just a short distance through the bridge in a westerly direction you are immediately drawn into the History of London to the right to the magnificent view of the Tower of London which is home to the Crown jewels and the Beef Eaters wearing their recognisable red uniforms.
Coming directly from the Thames and under the cobbled road is the entrance to traitor’s gate originally built as an entrance to the Tower but was later used to bring prisoners in the Tower via the River
Adjacent to the Tower is St. Katherine’s Dock and marina where the worlds rich moor their boats in the centre of London for a minimum charge of £150 per Day.
To the immediate left is the H.M.S Belfast a light cruiser, launched on St. Patrick's Day on March 1938 who served in both World War II and the Korean War and remained in active service until 1963.
H.M.S. Belfast is now a floating permanent museum which was opened to the public in 1978.
This short journey through Tower Bridge will keep the average tourist busy or at least two days without walking more than 200 yards from the banks of the River Thames.
Exploring the Streets around the Tower of London you will find some of London’s busy pubs where for a year's celebrities and the public have mixed.
There is a story which has never been proven that a rich American bought the original London Bridge in 1972 only to be disappointed to find out his mistake when Tower bridge was still in residence in London.
The next bridge up the Thames is London Bridge the gateway into the Financial City of London