Tower Bridge is always a popular tourist attraction. In the sun it, and the accompanying view, looks even more splendid. However, it is very rare for it to have no traffic on it, as this panoramic picture would imply. Having waited for about 30 minutes I was very fortunate to have the sun come out from the clouds just as the bridge became clear of cars, buses and stuff. A quick series of shots produced this relatively empty and quiet image giving a good view of both sides of the bridge. The other way is to take many individual shots and then use a lot of Photoshop work to remove the offending vehicles!
Tower Bridge 2007 - London visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Tower Bridge 2007' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Greater London.
Panorama taken from the middle of Tower Bridge in London. Tower Bridge is one of the most famous landmarks in London, one of the most visited and most photographed tourist attractions on earth. It links the City of London and the Tower of London on the north bank with Southwark on the south bank of the Thames. For a history of the bridge please see the other Tower Bridge panorama.
Most people pause on the bridge to admire the view up the Thames back towards the center of London, and rightly so. To the left of the spires of the Tower of London on the north bank is the City of London. You can see the famous Gherkin-shaped Swiss Re building. The next bridge upriver is London Bridge, which is often confused with Tower Bridge. To the right of Tower Bridge on the north bank is St. Catherine's Pier and St. Catherine's Dock.
On the South bank of the Thames you can see the new nearly spherical City Hall building, which is next to the newly refurbished Potters Fields Park. The buildings next to here are part of the 'More London' development. Moored just off from here is the HMS Belfast, one of the parts of the Imperial War Museum. Close by is the The Hays Galleria, which is full of shops, places to eat and the Hays Gallery which sells various works of art. Downriver is the Design Museum. The river then curves round a bend past the Ilse of Dogs (famous for Canary Wharf) and on to Greenwich and the Cutty Sark.
Many of the attractions are ticketed, including the Tower Experience Exhibition on Tower Bridge itself. This exhibition takes you through the history of the bridge, to the giant engine rooms that lift the road section, and up along the walkway between the towers far above the Thames. You can just see these walkways where they link to the two towers at the top of this picture. You can get significant discounts or free entry to the Tower Bridge Experience, Tower of London, HMS Belfast, Vinopolis, and Monument with the London Pass. The boat is the center of this picture is one of the many river cruises that take tourists along the Thames.
Travel and Getting There:
Tube: Tower Hill (Circle Line, District Line), Tower Gateway (Docklands Light Railway), London Bridge (Norther Line, Jubilee Line).