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Coordinates: 51°30′20″N 0°04′32″W / 51.50556°N 0.07556°W / 51.50556; -0.07556

Tower Bridge

Coordinates 51°30′20″N 0°04′31″W / 51.5055°N 0.075406°W / 51.5055; -0.075406Coordinates: 51°30′20″N 0°04′31″W / 51.5055°N 0.075406°W / 51.5055; -0.075406

Carries A100 Tower Bridge
Tower Bridge
Road

Crosses River Thames

Locale London
London
boroughs: – north side: Tower Hamlets – south side: Southwark

Maintained by Bridge House Estates

Heritage status Grade I listed structure

Preceded by London
London
Bridge

Followed by Queen Elizabeth II
Elizabeth II
Bridge

Characteristics

Design Bascule bridge
Bascule bridge
/ Suspension Bridge

Total length 801 ft (244 m)

Height 213 ft (65 m)

Longest span 270 ft (82.3 m)

Clearance below 28 ft (8.6 m) (closed) 139 ft (42.5 m) (open) (mean high water spring tide)

History

Opened 30 June 1894; 123 years ago (1894-06-30)

Tower Bridge
Tower Bridge
is a combined bascule and suspension bridge in London built between 1886 and 1894. The bridge crosses the River Thames
River Thames
close to the Tower of London
London
and has become an iconic symbol of London. Because of this, Tower Bridge
Tower Bridge
is sometimes confused with London Bridge, situated some 0.5 mi (0.80 km) upstream. Tower Bridge is one of five London
London
bridges now owned and maintained by the Bridge House Estates, a charitable trust overseen by the City of London
London
Corporation. It is the only one of the Trust's bridges not to connect the City of London
London
directly to the Southwark
Southwark
bank, as its northern landfall is in Tower Hamlets. The bridge consists of two bridge towers tied together at the upper level by two horizontal walkways, designed to withstand the horizontal tension forces exerted by the suspended sections of the bridge on the landward sides of the towers. The vertical components of the forces in the suspended sections and the vertical reactions of the two walkways are carried by the two robust towers. The bascule pivots and operating machinery are housed in the base of each tower. Before its restoration in the 2010s, the bridge's colour scheme dated from 1977, when it was painted red, white and blue for Queen Elizabeth II's Silver Jubilee. Its colours were subsequently restored to blue and white.[1][2] The bridge deck is freely accessible to both vehicles and pedestrians, whereas the bridge's twin towers, high-level walkways and Victorian engine rooms form part of the Tower Bridge
Tower Bridge
Exhibition, for which an admission charge is made. The nearest London
London
Underground tube stations are Tower Hill
Tower Hill
on the Circle and District lines, London Bridge
London Bridge
on the Jubilee and Northern lines and Bermondsey
Bermondsey
on the Jubilee line, and the nearest Docklands Light Railway
Docklands Light Railway
station is Tower Gateway.[3] The nearest National Rail
National Rail
stations are at Fenchurch Street
Fenchurch Street
and London Bridge.

Contents

1 History

1.1 Inception 1.2 Construction 1.3 Opening 1.4 Second World War 1.5 Modernization 1.6 2008–2012 facelift 1.7 London
London
2012 Olympics and Paralympics 1.8 2016 renovations

2 Design

2.1 Bridge structure 2.2 Hydraulic system 2.3 Signalling and control

3 Traffic

3.1 Road 3.2 River

4 Tower Bridge
Tower Bridge
Exhibition 5 Reaction 6 Incidents 7 Gallery 8 See also

8.1 Historic places adjacent to Tower Bridge

9 References 10 External links

History[edit] Inception[edit]

Elevation, with dimensions

In the second half of the 19th century, an advertisement in the East End of London
London
led to a hiring for a new river crossing downstream of London
London
Bridge. A traditional fixed bridge at street level could not be built because it would cut off access by sailing ships to the port facilities in the Pool of London, between London Bridge
London Bridge
and the Tower of London. A Special
Special
Bridge or Subway Committee was formed in 1877, chaired by Sir Albert Joseph Altman, to find a solution to the river crossing problem. Over 50 designs were submitted, including one from civil engineer Sir Joseph Bazalgette. Bazalgette's design was rejected because of a lack of sufficient headroom, and design was not approved until 1884, when it was decided to build a bascule bridge. Sir John Wolfe Barry was appointed engineer with Sir Horace Jones as architect[4] (who was also one of the judges).[5] An Act of Parliament was passed in 1885 authorising the bridge's construction. It specified the opening span must give a clear width of 200 feet (61 m) and a headroom of 135 feet (41 m). Construction had to be in a Gothic style.[4] Barry designed a bascule bridge with two bridge towers built on piers. The central span was split into two equal bascules or leaves, which could be raised to allow river traffic to pass. The two side-spans were suspension bridges, with the suspension rods anchored both at the abutments and through rods contained within the bridge's upper walkways.[4] Construction[edit]

Tower Bridge
Tower Bridge
under construction, 1892

Construction started in 1886 and took eight years with five major contractors – Sir John Jackson (foundations), Baron Armstrong (hydraulics), William Webster, Sir H.H. Bartlett, and Sir William Arrol & Co.[6] – and employed 432 construction workers. E W Crutwell was the resident engineer for the construction.[7] Two massive piers, containing over 70,000 tons of concrete,[5] were sunk into the riverbed to support the construction. Over 11,000 tons of steel provided the framework for the towers and walkways.[5] This was then clad in Cornish granite and Portland stone, both to protect the underlying steelwork and to give the bridge a pleasing appearance. Jones died in 1886 and George D. Stevenson took over the project.[5] Stevenson replaced Jones's original brick façade with the more ornate Victorian Gothic style, which makes the bridge a distinctive landmark, and was intended to harmonise the bridge with the nearby Tower of London.[7] The total cost of construction was £1,184,000[7] (equivalent to £124 million in 2016).[8] Opening[edit]

1895 portrait of the opening of Tower Bridge, William Lionel Wyllie

The bridge was officially opened on 30 June 1894 by the Prince of Wales (the future King Edward VII), and his wife, The Princess of Wales (Alexandra of Denmark).[9] The bridge connected Iron Gate, on the north bank of the river, with Horselydown Lane, on the south – now known as Tower Bridge
Tower Bridge
Approach and Tower Bridge
Tower Bridge
Road, respectively.[7] Until the bridge was opened, the Tower Subway
Tower Subway
– 400 m to the west – was the shortest way to cross the river from Tower Hill
Tower Hill
to Tooley Street
Tooley Street
in Southwark. Opened in 1870, Tower Subway
Tower Subway
was among the world's earliest underground ("tube") railways, but it closed after just three months and was re-opened as a pedestrian foot tunnel. Once Tower Bridge
Tower Bridge
was open, the majority of foot traffic transferred to using the bridge, there being no toll to pay to use it. Having lost most of its income, the tunnel was closed in 1898.[10] The high-level open air walkways between the towers gained an unpleasant reputation as a haunt for prostitutes and pickpockets; as they were only accessible by stairs they were seldom used by regular pedestrians, and were closed in 1910.[11] The walkway reopened in 1982.[11] Second World War[edit]

Tower Bridge
Tower Bridge
during the first mass air raid on London, 7 September 1940

A Short Sunderland
Short Sunderland
of No. 201 Squadron RAF
No. 201 Squadron RAF
moored at Tower Bridge during the 1956 commemoration of the Battle of Britain

During the Second World War
Second World War
and as a precaution against the existing engines being damaged by enemy action, a third engine was installed in 1942: a 150 hp horizontal cross-compound engine, built by Vickers Armstrong Ltd. at their Elswick works in Newcastle upon Tyne. It was fitted with a flywheel having a 9-foot (2.7 m) diameter and weighing 9 tons, and was governed to a speed of 30 rpm. The engine became redundant when the rest of the system was modernised in 1974, and was donated to the Forncett Industrial Steam Museum
Forncett Industrial Steam Museum
by the Corporation of the City of London.[12] Modernization[edit] In 1974, the original operating mechanism was largely replaced by a new electro-hydraulic drive system, designed by BHA Cromwell House, with the original final pinions driven by modern hydraulic motors and gearing. In 1982, the Tower Bridge
Tower Bridge
Exhibition opened, housed in the bridge's twin towers, the long-closed high-level walkways and the Victorian engine rooms. The latter still house the original steam engines and some of the original hydraulic machinery.[13][14][15] A computer system was installed in 2000 to control the raising and lowering of the bascules remotely. It proved unreliable, resulting in the bridge being stuck in the open or closed positions on several occasions during 2005 until its sensors were replaced.[16] 2008–2012 facelift[edit]

Tower Bridge
Tower Bridge
with LED lighting

In April 2008 it was announced that the bridge would undergo a 'facelift' costing £4 million, and taking four years to complete. The work entailed stripping off the existing paint down to bare metal and repainting in blue and white.[1][2] Each section was enshrouded in scaffolding and plastic sheeting to prevent the old paint falling into the Thames and causing pollution. Starting in mid-2008, contractors worked on a quarter of the bridge at a time to minimise disruption, but some road closures were inevitable. It is intended that the completed work will stand for 25 years.[17] The renovation of the walkway interior was completed in mid-2009. Within the walkways a versatile new lighting system has been installed, designed by Eleni Shiarlis, for when the walkways are in use for exhibitions or functions. The new system provides for both feature and atmospheric lighting, the latter using bespoke RGB LED luminaires, designed to be concealed within the bridge superstructure and fixed without the need for drilling (these requirements as a result of the bridge's Grade I status).[18] The renovation of the four suspension chains was completed in March 2010 using a state-of-the-art coating system requiring up to six different layers of 'paint'.[19] London
London
2012 Olympics and Paralympics[edit]

Tower Bridge
Tower Bridge
with Olympic Rings during the 2012 London
London
Olympics

The bridge featured in publicity for the 2012 Summer Olympics
2012 Summer Olympics
being held in London. In June 2012 a set of Olympic rings was suspended from the bridge to mark one month to go until the start of the games. The rings cost £259,817 to make, measured 25 by 11.5 metres (82 by 38 ft) and weighed 13 tonnes (14 short tons).[20] On 8 July 2012, the west walkway was transformed into a 200-foot-long (61 m) Live Music Sculpture by the British composer Samuel Bordoli. 30 classical musicians were arranged along the length of the bridge 138 feet (42 m) above the Thames behind the Olympic rings. The sound travelled backwards and forwards along the walkway, echoing the structure of the bridge.[21][22] Following the Olympics, the rings were removed from Tower Bridge
Tower Bridge
and replaced by the emblem of the Paralympic Games
Paralympic Games
for the 2012 Summer Paralympics.[23] 2016 renovations[edit] Tower Bridge
Tower Bridge
was closed to all road traffic for almost three months in late 2016 (1 October to 30 December).[24] This was to allow structural maintenance work to take place. The work included:

Undertaking major maintenance to the bridge lifting systems Replacing the decking and resurfacing the walkways and road Replacing the expansion joints along the bridge to provide a smoother surface Waterproofing the arches made from brick on the approaches to the bridge

During this time the bridge was still open to water borne traffic as required by Act of Parliament. The bridge was open to pedestrians for all but three weekends, where a free ferry service was in operation. Design[edit]

Tower Bridge
Tower Bridge
from Shad Thames

Bridge structure[edit]

Tower Bridge
Tower Bridge
at dawn

The bridge is 800 feet (240 m) in length with two towers each 213 feet (65 m) high, built on piers. The central span of 200 feet (61 m) between the towers is split into two equal bascules or leaves, which can be raised to an angle of 86 degrees to allow river traffic to pass. The bascules, weighing over 1,000 tons each, are counterbalanced to minimise the force required and allow raising in five minutes. The two side-spans are suspension bridges, each 270 feet (82 m) long, with the suspension rods anchored both at the abutments and through rods contained within the bridge's upper walkways. The pedestrian walkways are 143 feet (44 m) above the river at high tide.[7] The main bridge deck carries two lanes of road traffic between two low-level pedestrian walkways across both suspension spans and the opening bascule section of the bridge, with the walkways separated from the roadway by fences. The roadway passes through each of the two towers, whereas the low-level walkways pass around the outside of the towers. One of the chimneys on the bridge, which are often confused as lamp posts, connects up to an old fireplace in a guardroom of the Tower of London. It is long-disused.[25] Hydraulic system[edit]

One of the original steam engines

The original raising mechanism was powered by pressurised water stored in several hydraulic accumulators.[26] The system was designed and installed by Hamilton Owen Rendel[27] while working for Sir W. G. Armstrong Mitchell & Company of Newcastle upon Tyne. Water, at a pressure of 750 psi (5.2 MPa), was pumped into the accumulators by two 360 hp (270 kW) horizontal twin-tandem compound stationary steam engines, fitted with Meyer expansion slide valves. Each engine drove a force pump from its piston tail rod. The accumulators each comprise a 20-inch (51 cm) ram on which sits a very heavy weight to maintain the desired pressure. The entire hydraulic system along with the gas lighting system was installed by William Sugg & Co Ltd., the well known Westminster gas engineers. The gas lighting was initially by open flame burners within the lanterns but soon after was updated to the later incandescent system.[28] In 1974, the original operating mechanism was largely replaced by a new electro-hydraulic drive system, designed by BHA Cromwell House.[13] The only components of the original system still in use are the final pinions, which engage with the racks fitted to the bascules. These are driven by modern hydraulic motors and gearing, using oil rather than water as the hydraulic fluid.[14] Some of the original hydraulic machinery has been retained, although it is no longer in use. It is open to the public and forms the basis for the bridge's museum, which resides in the old engine rooms on the south side of the bridge. The museum includes the steam engines, two of the accumulators and one of the hydraulic engines that moved the bascules, along with other related artefacts. Signalling and control[edit] To control the passage of river traffic through the bridge, a number of different rules and signals were employed. Daytime control was provided by red semaphore signals, mounted on small control cabins on either end of both bridge piers. At night, coloured lights were used, in either direction, on both piers: two red lights to show that the bridge was closed, and two green to show that it was open. In foggy weather, a gong was sounded as well.[7] Vessels passing through the bridge had to display signals too: by day, a black ball at least 2 feet (0.61 m) in diameter was to be mounted high up where it could be seen; by night, two red lights in the same position. Foggy weather required repeated blasts from the ship's steam whistle. If a black ball was suspended from the middle of each walkway (or a red light at night) this indicated that the bridge could not be opened. These signals were repeated about 1,000 yards (910 m) downstream, at Cherry Garden Pier, where boats needing to pass through the bridge had to hoist their signals/lights and sound their horn, as appropriate, to alert the Bridge Master.[7] Some of the control mechanism for the signalling equipment has been preserved and may be seen working in the bridge's museum. Traffic[edit]

The tall ship Wylde Swan
Wylde Swan
passing under Tower Bridge
Tower Bridge
decorated for the London
London
Olympics in August 2012. Note the Olympic rings folded up to allow passage of the mast.[29]

Road[edit] Tower Bridge
Tower Bridge
is still a busy crossing of the Thames: it is crossed by over 40,000 people (motorists, cyclists and pedestrians) every day.[16] The bridge is on the London
London
Inner Ring Road, and is on the eastern boundary of the London
London
congestion charge zone. (Drivers do not incur a charge by crossing the bridge.) To maintain the integrity of the structure, the City of London Corporation has imposed a 20-mile-per-hour (32 km/h) speed restriction, and an 18 tonnes (20 short tons) weight limit on vehicles using the bridge. A camera system measures the speed of traffic crossing the bridge, using a number plate recognition system to send fixed penalty charges to speeding drivers.[30] A second system monitors other vehicle parameters. Induction loops and piezoelectric sensors are used to measure the weight, the height of the chassis above ground level, and the number of axles of each vehicle.[30] River[edit] The bascules are raised around 1000 times a year.[31] River traffic is now much reduced, but it still takes priority over road traffic. Today, 24 hours' notice is required before opening the bridge, and opening times are published in advance on the bridge's website.[32] There is no charge for vessels to open the bridge. When needing to be raised for the passage of a vessel the bascules are only raised to an angle sufficient for the vessel to safely pass under the bridge, except in the case of a vessel with the Monarch on board in which case they are raised fully no matter the size of the vessel.[citation needed] Tower Bridge
Tower Bridge
Exhibition[edit]

Interior of high-level walkway (used as an exhibition space)

The Tower Bridge
Tower Bridge
Exhibition is a display housed in the bridge's twin towers, the high-level walkways and the Victorian engine rooms. It uses films, photos and interactive displays to explain why and how Tower Bridge
Tower Bridge
was built. Visitors can access the original steam engines that once powered the bridge bascules, housed in a building close to the south end of the bridge.[15] The exhibition charges an admission fee. Entrance is from the west side of the bridge deck to the northern tower, from where visitors ascend to level 4 by lift before crossing the high-level walkways to the southern tower. In the towers and walkways is an exhibition on the history of the bridge. The walkways also provide views over the city, the Tower of London
London
and the Pool of London, and include a glass-floored section. From the south tower, visitors can visit the engine rooms, with the original steam engines, which are situated in a separate building beside the southern approach to the bridge.[33] Reaction[edit]

Aerial view of Tower Bridge

Aerial view at night, with bridge open

Although Tower Bridge
Tower Bridge
is an undoubted landmark, professional commentators in the early 20th century were critical of its aesthetics. "It represents the vice of tawdriness and pretentiousness, and of falsification of the actual facts of the structure", wrote Henry Heathcote Statham,[34] while Frank Brangwyn
Frank Brangwyn
stated that "A more absurd structure than the Tower Bridge
Tower Bridge
was never thrown across a strategic river".[35] Benjamin Crisler, the New York Times film critic, wrote in 1938: "Three unique and valuable institutions the British have that we in America have not: Magna Carta, the Tower Bridge
Tower Bridge
and Alfred Hitchcock."[36] Architectural historian Dan Cruickshank
Dan Cruickshank
selected Tower Bridge
Tower Bridge
as one of his four choices for the 2002 BBC television documentary series Britain's Best Buildings.[37] Tower Bridge
Tower Bridge
is often mistaken for London
London
Bridge,[38] the next bridge upstream. A popular urban legend is that in 1968, Robert P. McCulloch, the purchaser of the old London Bridge
London Bridge
that was later shipped to Lake Havasu City in Arizona, believed that he was in fact buying Tower Bridge. This was denied by McCulloch himself and has been debunked by Ivan Luckin, the vendor of the bridge.[39] A partial replica of Tower Bridge
Tower Bridge
has been built in the city of Suzhou in China. The replica differs from the original in having no lifting mechanism and having four separate towers.[40] Incidents[edit] On 10 August 1912 Francis McClean
Francis McClean
flew between the bascules and the high-level walkways in his Short Brothers
Short Brothers
S.33 floatplane.[41][42] In December 1952, the bridge opened while a number 78 double-decker bus was crossing from the south bank. At that time, the gateman would ring a warning bell and close the gates when the bridge was clear before the watchman ordered the raising of the bridge. The process failed while a relief watchman was on duty. The bus was near the edge of the south bascule when it started to rise; driver Albert Gunter made a split-second decision to accelerate, clearing a 3-foot (0.91 m) gap to drop 6 feet (1.8 m) onto the north bascule, which had not yet started to rise. There were no serious injuries.[43][44] Gunter was given £10 (equivalent to £260 in 2016[8]) by the City Corporation to honour his act of bravery.[45] The Hawker Hunter Tower Bridge incident
Hawker Hunter Tower Bridge incident
occurred on 5 April 1968 when a Royal Air Force
Royal Air Force
Hawker Hunter
Hawker Hunter
FGA.9 jet fighter from No. 1 Squadron, flown by Flt Lt Alan Pollock, flew through Tower Bridge. Unimpressed that senior staff were not going to celebrate the RAF's 50th birthday with a fly-past, Pollock decided to do something himself. Without authorisation, Pollock flew the Hunter at low altitude down the Thames, past the Houses of Parliament, and continued on toward Tower Bridge. He flew the Hunter beneath the bridge's walkway, remarking afterwards that it was an afterthought when he saw the bridge looming ahead of him. Pollock was placed under arrest upon landing, and discharged from the RAF on medical grounds without the chance to defend himself at a court martial.[46][47] In the summer of 1973, a single-engined Beagle Pup
Beagle Pup
was twice flown under the pedestrian walkway of Tower Bridge
Tower Bridge
by 29-year-old stockbroker's clerk Paul Martin. Martin was on bail following accusations of stockmarket fraud. He then "buzzed" buildings in The City, before flying north towards the Lake District
Lake District
where he died when his aircraft crashed some two hours later.[48] In May 1997,[49] the motorcade of United States President Bill Clinton was divided by the opening of the bridge. The Thames sailing barge Gladys, on her way to a gathering at St Katharine Docks, arrived on schedule and the bridge was opened for her. Returning from a Thames-side lunch at Le Pont de la Tour restaurant with UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, President Clinton was less punctual and arrived just as the bridge was rising. The bridge opening split the motorcade in two, much to the consternation of security staff. A spokesman for Tower Bridge
Tower Bridge
is quoted as saying: "We tried to contact the American Embassy, but they wouldn't answer the phone."[50] On 19 August 1999, Jef Smith, a Freeman of the City of London, drove a flock of two sheep across the bridge. He was exercising a claimed ancient permission, granted as a right to Freemen, to make a point about the powers of older citizens and the way in which their rights were being eroded.[51] Before dawn on 31 October 2003, David Crick, a Fathers 4 Justice campaigner, climbed a 100-foot (30 m) tower crane near Tower Bridge at the start of a six-day protest dressed as Spider-Man.[52] Fearing for his safety, and that of motorists should he fall, police cordoned off the area, closing the bridge and surrounding roads and causing widespread traffic congestion across the City and east London. The Metropolitan Police
Metropolitan Police
were later criticised for maintaining the closure for five days when this was not strictly necessary in the eyes of some citizens.[53][54] On 11 May 2009, six people were trapped and injured after a lift fell 10 feet (3 m) inside the north tower.[55] Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

London
London
portal

List of bridges in London Crossings of the River Thames Moveable bridges Pool of London

Historic places adjacent to Tower Bridge[edit]

HMS Belfast London
London
Bridge Shad Thames St Katharine Docks Tower of London

Comparison of the side elevations of the Tower Bridge
Tower Bridge
and some notable bridges at the same scale. (click for interactive version)

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(Bow Common) Old Ford
Old Ford
(Fish Island) Poplar (South Bromley) Ratcliff Roman Road St Katharine Docks Shadwell Shadwell
Shadwell
Basin Spitalfields Stepney Tower Hill Wapping Whitechapel

Attractions

Brick Lane Christ Church, Spitalfields Dennis Severs' House Fournier Street Museum of Childhood Museum of Immigration and Diversity Museum in Docklands Ragged School Museum Royal London
London
Museum and Archives St Katharine Docks Spitalfields
Spitalfields
City Farm Stepney
Stepney
City Farm Tower Bridge Tower of London Traitors' Gate Whitechapel
Whitechapel
Art Gallery London
London
Olympic Park

Street markets

Petticoat Lane Brick Lane Columbia Road Old Spitalfields Roman Road

Parks and open spaces

Altab Ali Park Bartlett Park Island Gardens Langdon Park Mile End
Mile End
Park Mudchute Tower Hamlets Cemetery Victoria Park

Governance

London
London
borough council Directly elected mayor Civic mayor/speaker of council Constituencies: Bethnal Green
Bethnal Green
and Bow Poplar and Limehouse

Bridges and tunnels

Blackwall Tunnel Greenwich foot tunnel Rotherhithe
Rotherhithe
Tunnel Tower Bridge

Tube and rail stations

Aldgate East All Saints Bethnal Green Bethnal Green Blackwall Bow Church Bow Road Bromley-by-Bow Cambridge Heath Canary Wharf
Canary Wharf
(DLR) Canary Wharf
Canary Wharf
(tube) Crossharbour Devons Road East India Heron Quays Island Gardens Langdon Park Limehouse Mile End Mudchute Poplar Shadwell Shadwell South Quay Stepney
Stepney
Green Tower Gateway Tower Hill Wapping
Wapping
railway station West India Quay Westferry Whitechapel

Other topics

Council Grade I and II* listed buildings People Public art Schools

Category Commons

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London
London
Borough of Southwark

Districts

Bankside Bermondsey Borough/Southwark Camberwell Crystal Palace Denmark Hill Dulwich Dulwich
Dulwich
Village East Dulwich Elephant and Castle Herne Hill Honor Oak Newington Nunhead Peckham Peckham
Peckham
Rye Rotherhithe South Bank South Bermondsey Surrey Quays Sydenham Hill Upper Norwood Walworth West Dulwich

Attractions

Bankside
Bankside
Gallery Bramah Tea and Coffee Museum Brunel Museum City Hall The Clink Cuming Museum Dulwich
Dulwich
Picture Gallery Fire Brigade Museum Globe Theatre Greenwood Theatre Hay's Galleria Herne Hill
Herne Hill
Stadium House of Dreams Museum HMS Belfast Imperial War Museum Livesey Museum for Children London
London
Dungeon Mandela Way T-34 Tank Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret The Old Vic OXO Tower Pumphouse Educational Museum Purdy Hicks Gallery Rose Theatre Sam Wanamaker Playhouse The Shard South Bank South London
London
Gallery Southwark
Southwark
Cathedral Tate Modern Unicorn Theatre Winchester Palace

Markets

Borough East Street

Bridges and tunnels

Blackfriars Bridge Blackfriars Railway Bridge Cannon Street Railway Bridge London
London
Bridge Millennium Bridge Rotherhithe
Rotherhithe
Tunnel Southwark
Southwark
Bridge Tower Bridge Waterloo Bridge

Parks and open spaces

Belair Park Bermondsey
Bermondsey
Spa Gardens Brimmington Park Burgess Park Dickens Square Park Dulwich
Dulwich
Park Faraday Gardens Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park Little Dorrit Park Newington Gardens Southwark
Southwark
Park Tabard Park

Constituencies

Camberwell
Camberwell
and Peckham North Southwark
Southwark
and Bermondsey Dulwich
Dulwich
and West Norwood

Tube and rail stations

Bermondsey Borough Canada Water Denmark Hill Elephant and Castle Kennington London
London
Bridge Nunhead Queens Road Peckham Peckham
Peckham
Rye Rotherhithe South Bermondsey Southwark Surrey Quays Sydenham Hill West Dulwich

Other topics

Council Grade I and II* listed buildings People Public art Schools

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History of London

Evolution

Londinium Lundenwic City of London City of Westminster Middlesex County of London Greater London Timeline

Periods

Roman London Anglo-Saxon London Norman and Medieval London Tudor London Stuart London 18th-century London 19th-century London 1900–39 The Blitz 1945–2000 21st century

Events

Peasants' Revolt Black Death Great Plague Great Fire 1854 cholera outbreak Great Stink Great Exhibition 1908 Franco-British Exhibition The Battle of Cable Street Festival of Britain Great Smog Swinging London London
London
Plan 1966 FIFA World Cup Final 7/7 bombings Olympic Games (1908 1948 2012) 2012 Summer Paralympics Grenfell Tower fire

Government

Metropolitan Board of Works London
London
County Council Greater London
London
Council Greater London
London
Authority London
London
Assembly Mayor of London London
London
independence

Services

Bow Street Runners Metropolitan Police
Metropolitan Police
Service London
London
Ambulance Service London
London
Fire Brigade Port of London
London
Authority London
London
sewerage system London
London
Underground

City of London

City of London
London
Corporation Lord Mayor of the City of London Wards of the City of London Guildhall Livery Companies Lord Mayor's Show City of London
London
Police Bank of England

Structures

St Paul's Cathedral Tower of London Palace of Whitehall Westminster Hall London
London
Bridge Tower Bridge Westminster Abbey Big Ben The Monument Fortifications

Category

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London
London
landmarks

Buildings and structures

Bridges

Albert Bridge Blackfriars Bridge Hungerford Bridge and Golden Jubilee Bridges Lambeth Bridge London
London
Bridge Millennium Footbridge Southwark
Southwark
Bridge Tower Bridge Vauxhall Bridge Waterloo Bridge Westminster Bridge

Entertainment venues

Cinemas

Empire, Leicester Square BFI IMAX Odeon, Leicester Square

Football stadia

Wembley Stadium
Wembley Stadium
(national stadium) Craven Cottage
Craven Cottage
(Fulham) The Den
The Den
(Millwall) Emirates Stadium
Emirates Stadium
(Arsenal) Loftus Road
Loftus Road
(Queens Park Rangers) London
London
Stadium (West Ham United) Selhurst Park
Selhurst Park
(Crystal Palace) Stamford Bridge (Chelsea) The Valley (Charlton Athletic) White Hart Lane
White Hart Lane
(Tottenham Hotspur)

Other major sports venues

All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club The Championship Course
The Championship Course
(rowing) Crystal Palace National Sports Centre Lord's
Lord's
(cricket) Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park The Oval
The Oval
(cricket) Twickenham Stadium
Twickenham Stadium
(rugby)

Theatres

Adelphi Apollo Victoria Coliseum Criterion Dominion Lyceum Old Vic Palladium Royal National Theatre Royal Opera House Shakespeare's Globe Theatre Royal, Drury Lane Theatre Royal Haymarket Vaudeville

Other

Alexandra Palace Brixton Academy ExCeL Hammersmith Apollo O2 Arena Royal Albert Hall Royal Festival Hall Wembley Arena

Government

10 Downing Street Admiralty Arch Bank of England City Hall County Hall Guildhall Horse Guards Mansion House National Archives Old Bailey Palace of Westminster Royal Courts of Justice Scotland Yard SIS Building

Museums and galleries

British Museum Cutty Sark Golden Hinde HMS Belfast Imperial War Museum Madame Tussauds Museum of London National Gallery National Maritime Museum Natural History Museum Royal Academy of Arts Royal Observatory Science Museum Tate Britain Tate Modern Tower of London Victoria and Albert Museum

Places of worship

All Hallows-by-the-Tower BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Bevis Marks Synagogue Methodist Central Hall Regent's Park
Regent's Park
Mosque St Martin-in-the-Fields St Mary-le-Bow St Paul's Cathedral Southwark
Southwark
Cathedral Westminster Abbey Westminster Cathedral

Retailing

Shops

Fortnum & Mason Hamleys Harrods Liberty Peter Jones Selfridges

Shopping centres and markets

Borough Market Brent Cross Burlington Arcade Kensington Arcade Leadenhall Market The Mall Wood Green One New Change Petticoat Lane Market Royal Exchange Westfield London Westfield Stratford City

Royal buildings

Partly occupied by the Royal Family

Buckingham Palace Clarence House Kensington Palace St James's Palace

Unoccupied

Banqueting House Hampton Court Palace Kew Palace The Queen's Gallery Royal Mews, Buckingham Palace

Skyscrapers

Broadgate Tower 1 Canada Square 8 Canada Square 25 Canada Square 1 Churchill Place 20 Fenchurch Street Heron Tower Leadenhall Building The Shard St George Wharf Tower 30 St Mary Axe Tower 42

Structures

Albert Memorial ArcelorMittal Orbit Big Ben Cleopatra's Needle Crystal Palace transmitting station London
London
Eye London
London
Wall Marble Arch The Monument Nelson's Column Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain
Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain
("Eros") Thames Barrier Wellington Arch

Transport

City Airport Heathrow Airport Charing Cross station Clapham Junction station Euston station King's Cross station Liverpool Street station London Bridge
London Bridge
station Paddington station St Pancras station Stratford station Victoria station Waterloo station Victoria Coach Station Emirates Air Line cable car

Other

Barbican Estate Battersea Power Station British Library BT Tower Kew Gardens Lambeth Palace Lloyd's building London
London
Zoo Oxo Tower St Bartholomew's Hospital Smithfield Market Somerset House

Parks

Royal Parks

Bushy Park Green Park Greenwich Park Hampton Court Park Hyde Park Kensington Gardens Regent's Park Richmond Park St. James's Park

Other

Battersea Park Burgess Park Clapham Common College Green Epping Forest Finsbury Park Gunnersbury Park Hampstead Heath Holland Park Mitcham Common Osterley Park Trent Park Victoria Park Wandsworth Common Wimbledon Common

Squares and public spaces

Covent Garden Horse Guards Parade Leicester Square Oxford Circus Parliament Square Piccadilly
Piccadilly
Circus Sloane Square Trafalgar Square

Streets

Aldwych Baker Street Bishopsgate Bond Street Carnaby Street Chancery Lane Charing Cross Road Cheapside Cornhill Denmark Street Fenchurch Street Fleet Street Haymarket Jermyn Street Kensington High Street King's Road Lombard Street The Mall Oxford Street Park Lane Piccadilly Portobello Road Regent Street Shaftesbury Avenue Sloane Street Strand Tottenham Court Road Victoria Em

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