Tower Bridge in TV, Film and more

Tower Bridge in TV, Film and more

Tower Bridge is one of the most famous bridges in the world, so there’s no wonder it regularly features on screen. From Hollywood blockbusters (directors love to blow up the Bridge), to TV, music videos, computer games and in books, we’ve compiled some of our favourite times that Tower Bridge has appeared in popular culture.

Still from Gorgo - the monster attacks Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge on the big screen…

From early black and white silent moving pictures to multi-million-dollar modern blockbusters, Tower Bridge has graced the big screen from the very beginning. 

Gorgo (1961) is an early example of the aforementioned destruction of Tower Bridge. In this British homage to Godzilla, the Bridge is unceremoniously ripped apart as the titular monster rampages through London searching for its kidnapped offspring. More recently, you’ll see Tower Bridge attacked in Spider Man: Far from Home (2019), Independence Day: Resurgence (2016) and Hellboy (2019)

Joey and Chandler's open-top bus tour across Tower Bridge

… and the small screen

Only Fools and Horses, Top Boy, Dr Who, Inspector Morse - Tower Bridge has appeared in many of our favourite TV series. 

In the classic American sitcom Friends (1994-2004) episode, The one with Ross’ Wedding: Part 1, the gang head to London and set about seeing the sights. Having bought an embarrassing Union Flag hat from Richard Branson (yes, of Virgin Group fame) outside the Tower of London, and said hat being complimented by Fergie (yes, the Duchess of York), characters Joey and his roommate Chandler can be seen passing along Tower Bridge on an open-top bus - proof that a visit to London isn’t complete without seeing Tower Bridge.

Music videos

Gone are the heydays of MTV and VH1, but music videos are still a key part of the listening experience for the billions of people watching YouTube every year. 

To create their music videos, artists sometimes choose exotic locations with expensive cars and champagne. And sometimes they dare the heights of Tower Bridge’s walkways, like international pop-sensation One Direction.

For their 2014 hit Midnight Memories, the chart-topping foursome ditch a drab house party for a night out on the town, which includes grabbing a kebab, racing mobility scooters and stealing a police boat. The evening culminates with the four boys singing their hearts out atop Tower Bridge – such a great night!

Tower Bridge as it appears in WatchDogs Legion

Video games

Video games now entertain billions of us every year, transporting players to far flung and imagined places - from lands filled with dragons and magic, to futuristic megacities on distant worlds. And other times they take you to a real place, like London!

In the recent Watch Dogs Legion (2020), a near-future version of London has deteriorated into a sci-fi dystopia, where an oppressive regime curtails the freedoms of the public – you are tasked with recruiting a resistance to take back the capital city. This involves infiltrating Tower Bridge, which has become a base for the bad guys. Although not a 100% faithful recreation of the Bridge’s guts, it’s still fun to sneak through the Towers, along the Walkways and onto a platform atop the Towers to complete your objective.

Image © Ubisoft

We hope you’ve enjoyed this article about Tower Bridge’s influence on culture. By no means is this meant to be an exhaustive list – we’ve added a few honourable mentions below. Why not let us know your favourites on Facebook or Twitter. Or plan your visit to step inside the iconic Bridge itself.

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Other notable appearances

Movies

Tower Bridge also appears in:

  • Bridget Jones’ Diary (2001) and its sequel, Bridge Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004) where the Bridge features as part of Jones’ commute – she lives nearby in Borough Market.
  • The Mummy Returns (2001) in which the heroes ride a half-destroyed double-decker bus across the Bridge after being chased by some mummies.
  • Paddington 2 (2017), where the villain infiltrates Tower Bridge looking for a clue to his treasure hunt.

TV

Other TV appearances include:

  • Long running Sci-Fi series, Doctor Who (Aliens in London, 2005)
  • The 2009 TV adaptation of Day of the Triffids
  • Children’s TV series Peppa Pig (London, 2017), which reimagines the the famous bus jump of 1952
  • Fascinating documentary with Rob Bell, London's Greatest Bridges (Tower Bridge: Gateway to London, 2020)
  • The season-three finale of Killing Eve (Are You Leading or Am I?, 2020)

Music

Some more music videos to feature Tower Bridge include:

Video games

Other London-based games we loved include:

  • The Getaway: Black Monday (2004), a gangsters vs. cops romp through the London underworld 
  • Assassin’s Creed Syndicate (2015), an alternate-history good vs evil tale 
  • ZombieU (2012), set in a post-apocalytic version of London filled with zombies