Bridging the Thames
|A symbol of London|
A vital link
Once Tower Bridge was open, the early doubts and controversies soon melted away.
The bridge immediately became a vital link between the City and the south bank of the Thames.
A much-loved landmark
Apart from its important practical functions, Tower Bridge also became a familiar and much-loved landmark, and a favourite subject for photographers and artists.
Because of its unique silhouette, Tower Bridge is often photographed for its own sake.
It has also been used as a background in countless tourist holiday snaps and carefully positioned publicity shots.
It is one of the most familiar structures in Britain. Like the dome of St Paul's Cathedral, the Houses of Parliament and double-decker buses, Tower Bridge instantly conveys a sense of London.
The pedestrian walkways
Few people used the pedestrian walkways, which were closed in 1910.
They had proved too convenient for publicity seekers and would-be suicides who wanted to jump into the Thames.
Nowadays they provide publicity of a more useful kind. The UK launch of PortCities was held here in September 2003.
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