London icon, Tower Bridge, celebrates its 125th anniversary

This weekend the beloved tourist attraction marked 125 years since it was officially opened by the Prince and Princess of Wales on June 30, 1894.

Hundreds of visitors braved the long queues to join celebrations and special events inside and outside the bridge, including a photography display, film screening and an interactive exhibition, which showed the historic figures behind the making of the bridge to mark the anniversary.

Construction of the bridge started in 1886 and it took eight years for five major contractors and 432 construction workers to complete the impressive task.

Tower Bridge first opened for visitors in 1982 when an exhibition was installed which allowed brave viewers to enjoy the high-level walkways.

The bridge has always featured as a top attraction in London’s guides and each year thousands of visitors get to enjoy the stunning views of the Thames and the city’s skyline.

 

Marco, who has been working for City Cruises for six months, said that many sightseers take selfies in front of the landmark but often mistake it for London Bridge, the next bridge up the river.

Many will remember the landmark from the 2012 Summer Olympic Games that were held in London, when giant illuminated Olympic rings were installed on Tower Bridge for the opening ceremony.

Special events marking the 125th anniversary will continue until the end of the year. For a full schedule, you can visit Tower Bridge’s website here.

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