Tower Bridge is one of the icons of the London skyline, with its familiar towers, walkways, and blue and white suspension rods. It was built between 1886 and 1894 in order to provide a new way to cross the river in the East End of London. The challenge was to build a means of crossing which wouldn’t stop ships having access to the busy Port of London, so it was decided to build a bascule bridge or a movable bridge which opens to let vessels pass underneath. The government at the time insisted that it needed to be designed in the Gothic style, which meant it complemented the Palace of Westminster, just a short distance upriver. Today the bridge is still used daily by motorists and pedestrians, plus tourists can visit the Tower Bridge exhibition, which takes you up onto the walkway between the towers as well as into the Engine Rooms. It’s also been the centerpiece of several of London’s celebrations, from the 2012 Olympics to the sweeping shots of the city during the New Year’s Eve fireworks, and in 2019 it’s celebrating 125 years of keeping London moving.