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Take in a different view of the Thames

Take in a different view of the Thames
11 Nov 2014

The river Thames is without a doubt one of the most famous in the world, alongside the likes of the Nile and Amazon.

Not only does it feature heavily in the opening credits of Eastenders, but the river, along with Tower Bridge, appears (albeit in toy form) in the most exhilarating, special effects scene of the Spice World the movie (remember when the Spice Bus just about manages to cross the bridge?).

Now, a new attraction has opened at London’s Tower Bridge which allows visitors to experience a brand new, unique way of seeing the Thames.

A 42 metre (138 foot) high glass-floored walkway has been installed across the Bridge, offering a bird’s eye view of the traffic and river below. It is definitely not for the faint hearted, that’s for sure.

The new walkway cost £1 million to create and is eleven metres long, meaning that once you dare to start walking across it and suddenly get a bout of vertigo, you have no real choice but to continue to the end. Perhaps those with a chronic fear of heights should take a lot of time beforehand to consider whether or not this is for them.

However, the faint hearted may be somewhat reassured to know that each panel of glass is three inches thick and weighs almost 1,200 pounds.

If you happen to be on the walkway when a ship passes under, you will also be able to see the bascules raise, which is an absolutely breathtaking experience and one that is highly recommended if possible.

The addition of the new walkway is the most significant change that has been made to the Grade 1 listed bridge, which has stood as a tourism spot in the capital for 120 years.

The iconic walkways themselves have also been a very important historic feature and proved to be a popular haunt for pickpockets back in the Victorian era, before being closed between 1910 and 1982.ADNFCR-408-ID-801759556-ADNFCR

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