Valentines night on Tower Bridge.: "TOWER BRIDGE, a London icon." London Nightlife Tip by Steve-H
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It was Valentines night and Tower Bridge was bathed in pink light, the walkways across the top were open to the public and there was free champagne. We couldn`t refuse, two lovers having recently walked across Sydney Harbour Bridge, we wanted to add to our tally. The Bridge was opened in 1894 and has become on of Londons icons but many people don't realise that you can go up into the walkways or down into the engine rooms. The bridge is insured as a ship by Lloyds of London and until 1917 it was operated by ex sailors and servicemen. When it comes to raising the bridge, river traffic still has precedence over road traffic.
Interesting bridge fact 1 - The first London Bridge was built of wood by the romans between 100 & 300ad, King Ethelred and King Olaf of Norway burned it down to divide the Danish forces, this act is commemorated in the rhyme `London Bridge is falling down`
Interesting bridge fact 2 - In 1305 the head of Scots patriot Willam Wallace was displayed on London Bridge and started a gruesome custom of displaying traitors heads there. Thomas Moore's head was put up in 1535.
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