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London Bridge vs Tower Bridge – differences, how to reach & things to do

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Edited by: Rekha Rajan
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People all over the world are confused about the two bridges – London Bridge and Tower Bridge.

And as a result, they have messed up the Google Image search as well, confusing even the tourists landing in London.

If you search for ‘London Bridge’ on Google, you will see photos of ‘Tower Bridge’ with the caption ‘London Bridge’ under it.

Tower Bridge shown as London Bridge on Google
As you can see, only two images out of the top eight results are correct.

This is because the people who uploaded these pics didn’t know any better.

As you scroll down, you will also find photos of the real London Bridge, but they would be much fewer.

As a result, tourists researching for their London visit also get confused.

In this article, we share everything you must know about Tower Bridge and London Bridge.

About London Bridge

London Bridge
For the last 2000 years, there has always been a ‘London Bridge’ on River Thames. Image: Adam Derewecki

The London Bridge spans the River Thames between the City of London and Southwark, in central London. 

The current bridge got inaugurated in 1973, but before this concrete and steel version, many different bridges have stood here for centuries. 

Remember singing the Nursery Rhyme, ‘London Bridge is falling down’? 

That rhyme was about this London Bridge.

The London Bridge is 283 meters (928 feet) long and functional with no architectural extravaganza.

How to reach London Bridge

To reach London Bridge, you must get down at the Monument Station

From the Monument Station, the London Bridge is only a four-minute walk. 

You can also get down at the London Bridge Station, but that will be a longer walk – approximately seven minutes. 

For bus routes to London Bridge, get the details here.

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About Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge, London
The base of both the Towers holds Victorian machines that lift two parts of the bridge to allow river traffic to pass. Image: Javier Martinez

Tower Bridge is the more glamorous between the two, and maybe that is why people worldwide end up using its photos to depict a bridge in the city of London. 

Tower Bridge is a bascule and suspension bridge built between 1886 and 1894. 

The bridge crosses the River Thames close to the Tower of London, which is why it gets called ‘Tower Bridge.’

The Tower Bridge is 240 meters (800 feet) long and has two towers, each 65 meters (213 feet) high, built on piers.

Over the years, Tower Bridge has become an iconic symbol of London.

How to reach Tower Bridge

Tower Hill Station is closest to Tower Bridge, and you can walk the distance in approximately seven minutes. 

The main entrance to visit Tower Bridge is at the North West Tower, Tower Bridge Road.

Bus Numbers 15, 42, 78,100, 343 take you to Tower Bridge.

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Location of Tower Bridge and London Bridge

Both the Tower Bridge and London Bridge are on River Thames, right next to each other. 

How far is London Bridge from Tower Bridge?

If you are on the water, the straight path distance between the London Bridge and Tower Bridge is 900 meters (.55 Mile). 

If you plan to walk from the center of, let’s say London Bridge to the center of Tower Bridge, the distance will be 1.1 Kms (0.7 Miles) and you will need around 15 minutes.

During your walk, watch out for landmarks such as The Shard, The Gherkin, HMS Belfast, City Hall, and the Tower of London.

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What to do at London Bridge

You can walk on the London Bridge free of cost and enjoy beautiful views of the River Thames and London city.

If you want a local guide to take you around, book a walking tour of London’s top sights, which includes a visit to the London Bridge.

London Bridge is also a stop on the Original London Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour route. 

If you are an adventurous type, don’t miss out on the London Bridge Experience.

Set in the vaults of London Bridge, during this immersive show, you get to learn 2000 years of London’s gruesome history.

Access to London Tombs, ‘UK’s Best Scare Attraction’ for more than a decade, is part of the London Bridge Experience.

If you want to try out the food scene of London, check out the London Bridge food market – Borough Market, which is open Monday to Saturday.

Unfortunately, there is no Museum or Exhibition on London Bridge. 

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What to do at Tower Bridge

If you are visiting Tower Bridge, don’t miss out on the Tower Bridge Exhibition

You get to enter Tower Bridge and see stunning views across London from the high-level walkways.

You also learn about the history of Tower Bridge and visit the Victorian engine rooms.

If you plan to visit the Tower Bridge Exhibition, you must go via the main entrance at the North West Tower, Tower Bridge Road.

Got a few more hours? Make a day out of it by opting for the Tower Bridge Exhibition + The Monument combination.

The Monument is a tribute to how the Londoners re-built the city after the Great Fire of London, and it is close to the spot where the fire started on September 2, 1666. 

You get to climb the 311 spiral steps to the observation gallery for a 360-degree view of the British capital and collect your certificate. 

The best way to understand the scale of the Tower Bridge is by getting close to it from water, so go ahead and check this Westminster to Greenwich River Thames Cruise.

Since the Tower of London is only 500 meters (one-third of a mile) from Tower Bridge, many tourists plan to see them together. 

If you also have such plans, we recommend you book the Tower of London and Tower Bridge VIP Tour.

If you want to keep it simple, book a walking tour of London’s top sights, which includes a visit to Tower Bridge.

# London Eye
# Tower of London
# Kew Gardens
# London Zoo
# Madame Tussauds London
# St Paul’s Cathedral
# Stonehenge
# Windsor Castle
# Kensington Palace
# The Shard
# Whipsnade Zoo
# Harry Potter Studio Tour
# O2 Arena Climb
# Chelsea Stadium Tour
# London Dungeon
# London Transport Museum
# Chessington World of Adventures

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2 thoughts on “London Bridge vs Tower Bridge – differences, how to reach & things to do”

  1. The picture you put for London Bridge in the โ€œAbout London Bridgeโ€ was Westminster Bridge. Also, only one in the google images screen grab is of the actual bridge as well ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜…

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