London Bridge or Tower Bridge?

We are flooded with incorrect tags all over the Web, showing us London Bridge as Tower Bridge. People from all over the world are tagging this by mistake. Read through and check the differences between those two:

London Bridge

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History

Crossing the Thames until 1176 was difficult, making and it was possible to do so only by ferry or wooden bridges. Trying to sort it out, Henry II built a concrete bridge to cross the river from Southwark to the north bank. It took 33 years to complete and the population was looking forward to how much the bridge would help solve their problems going north and south.

The bridge was 275m long and about 8m wide, but only 4m wide for the lanes. One 2m wide lane heading north and the other one heading south. Both were shared by pedestrians, horses…Crossing the bridge could take up to 1 hour!

London Bridge had some huge threats, including fire and ice. Collapsing more than 4 times, the north south link became a problem and a huge amount of money was spent on restorations over 600 years. So, by the end of 1799 they had started to build a new one and, after 32 years, when the construction of the new London Bridge has finished, the old one was demolished.

Transport

The nearest tube station are London Bridge (Northern/Jubilee Lines) and Monument (District/Circle Lines).

 

Tower Bridge

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tower bridge

History

With the commercial development of London’s East End, a new bridge was required to be built downstream of London Bridge. A special committee was formed in 1877 to find a solution to construct a bridge without cut off access to the port, which was located between London Bridge and the Tower of London.

They launched a competition and received more than 50 designs for the new bridge. The designs were not approved until 1884, when Sir Horace Jones sent one which the committee were agreed on. The idea consisted of a bascule and suspension bridge, with two bridge towers at each end. The central span could be raised to allow tall ships to pass through it.

Tower Bridge was opened in 1894 and remains the same nowadays.

Tourism

It’s a must see London attraction, where you can go inside and walk on the glass floor, explore its structure, engine rooms and much more. Starting from £8.00.

Check it out: http://www.towerbridge.org.uk

Transport

Tower Bridge is more beautiful and more popular than London Bridge, for sure!

By tube: Get off at Tower Hill (District/Circle Lines) or London Bridge (Northern/Jubilee Lines).

By bus: 15, 42, 78, 100, RV1

By train: London Bridge, Fenchurch Street or Tower Gateway DLR

 

How to get to London? http://airportrs.com/find?findairport=london&when=

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