Quiet and unassuming, Tower Bridge stands tall, magnificent and peaceful amongst the midst of the hustle and bustle of London’s tourists and traffic. Despite the busyness of this London hot spot, I couldn’t help but feel a sense of calm and relaxation as I took in the beautiful views of the bridge from the Thames, sat peacefully on a bench along the riverside taking in and admiring London’s incredible architecture. It’s truly amazing to think there are people out there who really have the talent to construct such stunning buildings like this. Especially considering I can’t even construct a miniscule gingerbread house without it falling to pieces, it really is amazing and I am so thankful to the wonderful architects, builders and creators who designed Tower Bridge for giving us such a marvelous landmark to appreciate and explore. We are very lucky to live in a world where such talent exists.
Strolling along the bridge, I felt in awe to be able to take in such stunning views of the city of London. The perfect place to tick off several bucket list spots, as you walk along Tower Bridge you can admire pretty views of the River Thames (obvs), along with views of both The Shard and The Gherkin which are both significantly smaller than you’d expect them to be (much like the Leaning Tower Of Pisa), yet from different angles, do appear so much vaster and you think ‘finally, there it is.’ Especially when it comes to the width of The Gherkin, however The Shard is definitely not as tall as I’d have expected it to look, although I haven’t been up it yet so I may be thinking differently then! Afterall, it’s easy for me to say it’s not so tall and high up when I’m stood perfectly content on the ground…
Along with these fantastic landmark views, of course the popular historic tourist location home to the Crown Jewels: the Tower Of London is located right next to Tower Bridge. I didn’t actually know this until I visited, and when I saw the Tower Of London I didn’t even clock that that’s what I was looking at. I thought it was an old castle, because I don’t know what the exact definition of a ‘tower’ is but this ain’t it;
Okay so this really doesn’t look like a tower to me, I know now it’s the Tower Of London, but when I came across the building I fully thought I’d stumbled upon a minature Windsor Castle and it was only when I read the tourist information I found out what this building actually was. I did a little research (basically, had a google) and discovered that the Tower Of London is a castle, but was given the name the Tower Of London based on The White Tower part of the building, which was built by William the Conqueror way back in 1078, long before Tower Bridge was built and finished in 1886.
As someone who loves and visits London often, believe it or not but Tower Bridge has never been top of, or on my bucket list at all but through chance I had the opportunity to visit and oh how I’m so glad I did! Tower Bridge is a beautiful, vibrant piece of architecture which I’m so grateful I got to see and now having been there myself, I would 100% recommend to anyone visiting London for it’s a great structure where you can take in such brilliant views of the city. Tower Bridge is the perfect place to take a romantic stroll with your partner, or a blissful walk with your loved ones and see fantastic sights of London as you do so. I felt so happy and calm as I sat along the riverside and strolled along the bridge, I’d definitely love to visit again.
*The train stations closest to Tower Bridge are Tower Hill Station, Fenchurch Street Station and Aldgate Station!*
Have you ever been to Tower Bridge? Would you like to visit? Where’s top of your London bucket list? Be sure to let me know in the comments below.
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