London 2007 – Tower Bridge

The next iconic landmark of London that I want to show you is a bridge.

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This is a very old bridge. More than 100 years old. See, there’s even a postcard that depicts its existence in 1910. The bridge was constructed in the late 1800s.

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Does this look familiar to you?

No? …

Yes? …

Well, I’m not sure about you, but I’ll tell you my story. I first saw a drawing of this bridge in my nursery book with that song: London Bridge is falling down, falling down, falling down…

But actually this isn’t London Bridge. London Bridge is actually a short walk down the river from here. This is actually called the Tower Bridge. I guess it is because this Tower Bridge looks more impressive, hence those nursery books prefer to make the “mistake” with their pictures…

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One thing I particularly like about the Tower Bridge is not the bridge itself, but the view you can get from standing in the middle of the bridge. Here, you can get a nice view of both sides of the Thames River.

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See that cucumber looking building from the photo above? Actually I thought it looked like a bullet, but my friends insisted it resembles a cucumber. Don’t laugh, but that building is called The Gherkin. Gherkin = small, pickled cucumber. Yeah…

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And this picture above, is outdated. That peculiar looking building on the left is London’s City Hall. And then, if you pay close enough attention, you will see a construction crane sticking out from afar. That building has since completed construction. Today, instead of seeing bare sky in that spot, you will be seeing The Shard, the tallest building in the whole of the United Kingdom.

Anyway, let’s move on…

The Tower Bridge is an impressive bridge. But to fully capture the view of this bridge, you need to get off the bridge and view it from afar. Here, I give you 3 shots of the bridge at different times of the day.

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I guess that draw bridge in the middle is why some people think the Tower Bridge is London Bridge is falling down, falling down, falling down

18 Comments

  1. Never knew that the bridge in the nursery books is just the Tower Bridge. Now I feel that a bit of my childhood is ruined :/ It doesn’t look like there’s much room for vehicles to move on the bridge, and I’m sure this zone is strictly no speeding.

    • Of course. I think the middle of the bridge especially is not the most solid of platforms, you really really do NOT want to speed here. 😐

  2. Never been to London and I am wondering when I will ever manage. Somehow London is far down my “to-do list”. Really annoying as well because my wife will need a visa for visiting there…

  3. I think the nursery rhyme sounds better with London Bridge…and that’s why they called it that (and also probably to depict that the bridge is in London). Can you imagine people singing Tower Bridge is falling down, falling down, falling down…..wakakaka! πŸ˜€

    • I don’t see what’s wrong with it, if we started with Tower Bridge. It is only weird because we are already used to hearing London Bridge. πŸ˜›

  4. Your post reminds me of the story about a rich American who wanted to buy London bridge and got it only to realise his mistake that the bridge he wanted was Tower bridge when he received the London bridge brick by brick.

  5. I really love this bridge, and all those buildings around as well, that’s why London is one of the place that I wish to visit.

  6. I only learned that London bridge is not this bridge couple of years ago. How we have been misled by some illustrator which refers Tower Bridge as London Bridge! even till this day, when I googled up ‘London Bridge’, the image of Tower Bridge shows up! So, do u hav any picture of the actual London Bridge?

    • Right? Actually nowadays I see this tower I think of Iron Man, that bullet by his lousy rival Hammer Industries, so-called best but cannot do anything…

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