The capital of the UK is visited by millions of tourists a year. There is nothing strange in that as London is home to an incredible number of attractions, wonderful old houses, fantastic museums, large and beautiful parks and, of course, the unique British charm. London is a very old city. In 43 AD Romans established a settlement on the River Thames. Over the centuries the settlement has grown and has turned into a real metropolis with a population of 7.5 million people (if counting together with London suburbs, then the number is 12 million). Only visits to numerous traditional English pubs, which are so famous in London, will prevent you from estimating the size and glory of the city.
Without a doubt, Tower Bridge across the Thames is the most famous drawbridge in the world. Contrary to a popular opinion, the bridge has got its name not because of the two towers that adorn the bridge, but because of the nearby Tower of London. Tower Bridge was built in 1894. Even though the main traffic artery of the city crosses the bridge, traffic on the Thames is still preferred. When particularly large ships pass behind the bridge, both wings of the central span of the bridge are raised. In this case, the height of the draw of the bridge strictly corresponds to the parameters of a particular vessel. The bridge is fully raised only on special occasions, such as a sign of respect to a person, as this was done in honor of Winston Churchill. Tower Bridge is, of course, one of the main attractions of London. The upper part of the bridge is a pedestrian area. From here you will be able to enjoy the magnificent view of London roofs. One should not forget to visit the museum that tells the history of construction of Tower Bridge. Tourists can even enter the old engine room.
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