London Tower Bridge glass walkway unveiled

London’s Tower Bridge glass walkway unveiled

Visitors to London’s tourist attraction, the Tower Bridge, can now experience a unique birds-eye view of the iconic landmark – a new glass floor in the upper walkways of the Bridge.

After the Grand Canyon, Chicago's Willis Tower and, more recently, the Eiffel Tower, London’s Tower Bridge, is the latest structure to join the club with a see-through walkway that allows visitors to gaze down from 42 meters (138 feet).

The city's Tower Bridge, which crosses over the River Thames, is the latest structure to join the club with a see-through walkway that allows tourists to see directly along the famous bridge’s walkway, giving visitors an unusual perspective on the opening and closing of Tower Bridge.

The glass walkway is 11m long, 1.8m wide, and made up of six panels, which are 68mm thick and each weigh approximately 530kg. Soaring 138ft (42 meters) above the structure, it cost £1million.

The project has been funded by the City of London Corporation and the charitable Bridge House Estates. Around 600,000 people a year visit the Tower Bridge Exhibition, generating money that goes to city charities. The Bridge celebrates its 120th birthday this year.

The walkway which was dubbed “the wow project’ while it was under construction, is the first structural alteration to the bridge since 1980s.

The West Walkway will soon be supplemented by the opening of the East Walkway next month.

..... Devashree Goenka