Playing a pivotal role in the history of Britain since it was first built during the period between 1886 and 1894 the Tower Bridge is no ordinary overpass in the British capital. Named after the Tower of London this iconic viaduct has served as a symbol of Britain for generations as a national landmark of truly ground breaking proportions. Comprised of two vaulted towers that are joined together with two walkways the design of the bridge was selected through the “Special Bridge or Subway Committee” who set up a public contest to find the perfect design as far back as 1876. Defeating more than 50 design concepts, architects Horace Jones and John Wolfe Barry’s design emerged victorious.
One of the chief highlights of the venue is of course the Tower Bridge Exhibition which explores the bridge’s history in detail. Contained within a region known as Victorian Engine Rooms the showcase has evolved over nearly three decades to encompass video displays and interactive stalls documenting the venue’s proud history. Some of the signature events which took place on the bridge include various stunts as well as ceremonies conducted by the royal family.
Crossing the equally revered River Thames the Tower Bridge most recently played a central role in the 2012 London Olympics as football star David Beckham transported the Olympic Torch across to the Olympic Stadium on a sports boat which raced dramatically underneath the raised bridge bascules as the bridge exploded in a flurry of fireworks during the globally televised ceremony. Visitors who wish to see the Tower Bride raise its bascules can witness the spectacular event at various times of the year. Raised nearly 1000 times over a year to let ships and vessels of considerable height pass through the area visitors can consult the Tower Bridge’s official website to find out when the bridge will be raised while they are vacationing in London. Often described as an awe-inspiring sight this albeit common spectacle is another good reason to head down to the British capital this holiday season.Travellers in search of a central London hotel with a strategic location should look no further than the Metropolitan London Hotel. Offering guests the best in contemporary facilities this London luxury hotel pulls out all the stops when it comes to five star vacations in the British capital.