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Tower Bridge and London Bridge: the big mix up

21st April 2016 • Tower Bridge Blog

Tower Bridge and London Bridge: the big mix up

Whilst the image of Tower Bridge’s grand towers and rising bascules make it the most recognised bridge in the world, many confuse it for its neighbour, London Bridge.

As the sole river crossing in London since the Roman times, the latter was simply called ‘London Bridge’, but its history has been anything but simple. As the nursery rhyme suggests, London Bridge has had a history of falling down and consequently has been replaced a number of times. In fact, London Bridge as we know it is only 45 years old.

Tower Bridge, on the other hand, has never fallen down and the original which was built in 1894 still stands today. It may look a lot older than 122 years but that was all part of Sir Horace Jones and John Wolfe Barry’s plan for it to blend in with the Tower of London next door and not become so much of an eyesore. Who knew it would become the symbol of London it is today?

So next time you visit, make sure you know which one is which!

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