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Flying boat to fly over Tower Bridge
Flying boat to fly over Tower Bridge

An exceptionally rare sight — as the UK’s only air-worthy heritage flying boat will fly along the Thames next week, and over Tower Bridge.

Tower Bridge Opens a New Exhibition
Tower Bridge Opens a New Exhibition

Although Tower Bridge is a permanent fixture on the list of things to visit eventually, it does also run a series of rotating displays to try and lure you in this year instead of some unknown date in the future.

Tower Bridge to get a glass floor
Tower Bridge to get a glass floor

Last week approval was granted for 6 sheets of glass to be sliced into the walkway floor so that people up there can look down as the bridge swings up – getting a pigeon-eyes view of the mechanical motion below.

Large cargo ship passing through Tower Bridge on Friday morning
Large cargo ship passing through Tower Bridge on Friday morning

Something unusual tomorrow morning, a large cargo ship is to pass through Tower Bridge for a ceremonial naming event. It’s fairly rare for large cargo ships to pass through the Bridge now, save for the City of London’s waste containers

Tower Bridge Fireworks – Photos
Tower Bridge Fireworks – Photos

If you watched the last moments of the Paralympics closing ceremony last night when the fireworks went off at Stratford, you might have seen a short clip of a small display happening at Tower Bridge as well. That was one

Two firework displays on the Thames this Sunday evening
Two firework displays on the Thames this Sunday evening

If you are going to have a fireworks display on the river you might want to check that the timing doesn’t clash with someone else doing exactly the same thing a couple of hundred yards up the river. Yet this

The moment that I was allowed to open Tower Bridge
The moment that I was allowed to open Tower Bridge

Yesterday, thanks to an offer from the City of London, I had a chance to do something really quite special – I was allowed to open Tower Bridge to let a cruise ship pass through. After the offer to open

Photos from the top of Tower Bridge
Photos from the top of Tower Bridge

When tourists go up to the top of Tower Bridge to walk along the high-level walkways, they might notice that the stone uprights have another floor above where they stand, and might ponder what is up there. Thanks to a

In photos – Raising the Olympic Rings to the top of Tower Bridge
In photos – Raising the Olympic Rings to the top of Tower Bridge

If you has also been willing to get up at an ungodly hour, then you could have seen a rather impressive bit of civil engineering take place, as a large set of Olympic Rings was hoisted up to the top of Tower Bridge to herald the forthcoming sporting event.

Photos – Helicopters flying through Tower Bridge
Photos – Helicopters flying through Tower Bridge

A large number of people enjoying the evening sunshine, and a modest number of those in the know were treated to the rare sight of a couple of helicopters flying through Tower Bridge last night. Two helicopters – one filming,

Helicopter to fly through Tower Bridge
Helicopter to fly through Tower Bridge

One of those routine Port of London Authority notices that makes you sigh, open to see what it is then sit up and type WHAT is very loud letters. Such moments are why I subscribe to them – for those

A chance to go into Tower Bridge’s hidden Bascule Chambers
A chance to go into Tower Bridge’s hidden Bascule Chambers

Although it has been possible for group tours to go down under Tower Bridge and into the Bascule Chambers, it hasn’t been an option for the individual visitor. Until now. But what are the Bascule Chambers? They are two vast

North Sea Fishing Trawler visiting London for a few days
North Sea Fishing Trawler visiting London for a few days

For the next few days, a North Sea fishing trawler will be in London – not to trawl the muddy waters for rare salmon and deprive the local cormorants of their lunch – but to let the general public have

Bale of straw to be hung from Tower Bridge
Bale of straw to be hung from Tower Bridge

In line with ye olde traditions, if headroom of an arch on a bridge over the Thames is reduced from its usual limits, but remains open to navigation… then a bale of straw must be hung from the arch to

An early drawing of Tower Bridge

The below drawing might not look that unusual, albeit fairly obviously from an older time when the riverside was still a major port and industrial centre, but at the time it was printed – in 1886 – it was quite

Tours of a Tall Sailing Ship by Tower Bridge

UPDATE: Been informed that the sailing ship has moved to South Dock in Canary Wharf — This morning as I worked from home, I saw this from the balcony. This afternoon I wandered into town to visit a (closed) museum

Sailing Ship to pass through Tower Bridge today

The lift schedule for Tower Bridge notes that a “vessel” is due to pass through today at around 5:15pm, but doesn’t indicate what sort of ship it will be. That normally hints that it is a military vessel, but the

Viking Funerals in London?

As open-air funerals have now been – sort of – legalised, I propose the following for my own funeral. Yes, I know it is a really bad bit of photoshopping! Not only a fantastic way to leave the city, physically

Tower Bridge in the Dereliction

In the 1970’s-80s large swathes of the docklands area was left as wasteland following the development of container cargo trade – and as such there are quite a lot of photos of the area showing the wastelands left over from

The Fugitive Futurist – or how the Thames was drained of water

I am a bit of a fan of how people in the past thought the future would look like, and my memory was recently prompted to recall a short black&white film I saw for the first time last year –

Flypast over Tower Bridge

An FYI – on Friday 26th June 2009, there is due to be a flypast over Tower Bridge sometime between 12-1pm as part of the London Armed Forces Day. I haven’t been able to confirm who is doing the flypast,

Photos at the Red Arrows flypast

I dutifully wandered over to London Bridge at lunchtime to get hoped for photos of the Red Arrows flying overhead and with Tower Bridge in the shot. As I arrived, I was pleasantly shocked to see the was quite a

HMS Westminster & Tower Bridge – A photo opportunity

One for photo fans – checking the forthcoming Tower Bridge lifts, I notice that the UK naval frigate, HMS Westminster is arriving in London for a few days, and will pass under the raised Tower Bridge just before 5pm on