Tower Bridge is No.2 in our Top 10 list of London landmarks, and No.5 in the Top 10 London photos
Along with Big Ben and Buckingham Palace (...and St. Paul's, Westminster Abbey, Downing Street and the London Eye, etc etc), Tower Bridge is one of the must-see sights on every tourist's trip. Everybody in the world knows Tower Bridge, and if you don't take a photo of it then no one will believe you've been here.
The best time to take a photo is when the roadway is up and a big boat is passing underneath. On average the bridge opens and closes two or three times every single day, but unfortunately they only publicise a small number of them in advance. So you basically have to get lucky -- sorry!
Here's a list of the publicised lift times (subject to change at short notice):
10 Mar -- 12.30 PM, 1.15 PM, 4.30 PM, 5.15 PM, 6.15 PM, 9.30 PM, 10.15 PM
30 Mar -- 12.30 PM, 1.30 PM, 4.30 PM, 5.30 PM
31 Mar -- 5.30 PM, 6.30 PM, 10.30 PM, 11.15 PM
5 May -- 5.45 PM, 6.45 PM, 9.45 PM, 10.30 PM
10 May -- 9 AM
12 May -- 7.30 PM, 8.30 PM, 11.30 PM
13 May -- 00.15 AM
14 May -- 3.15 AM
16 May -- 3.15 AM
23 May -- 3 PM, 3.30 PM
27 May -- 4.30 PM, 5.15 PM, 9.30 PM, 10.15 PM
1 Jun -- 5 PM
3 Jun -- 4.15 PM
22 Jun -- 10.15 AM
23 Jun -- 10.15 PM
16 Jul -- 5.45 AM
17 Jul -- 5.15 PM
1 Aug -- 5.15 AM
2 Aug -- 5.15 PM
3 Aug -- 7.15 AM
4 Aug -- 7.15 AM
13 Aug -- 5.15 AM
15 Aug -- 4.30 PM, 5 PM
16 Aug -- 5.15 AM
17 Sep -- 8.45 PM
19 Sep -- 8.45 AM
Note: Even if you don't manage to see the bridge open and close, it's still worth paying an entry fee for the exhibition. They let you walk across the spans at the top for some great views down the river of the Shard, HMS Belfast and the Tower of London.
They've fitted it with a glass floor now as well, so you can watch all of the rumbling buses and cars pass by on the roadway below. Craig has written a review of Tower Bridge on his blog if you'd like to read it. Obviously he was too chicken to walk across the glass floor (he's scared of heights), but he didn't manage to take some photos of it before passing out.
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Craig’s review – “The first time I came to Tower Bridge I wasn't all that impressed, but I quite liked it today. Maybe that's because I'm four years older (I feel about ten years older). Maybe it's because I'm more easily pleased. Maybe it's because the sun was out. Who knows. But it's still basically the same stuff inside apart from the glass floors.
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