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Driving in the UK

In the UK, cars drive on the LEFT side of the road, overtake on the right, and despite the metric system, speed is measured in MILES. Speed limits can be 20, 30 or 40mph in built up areas, 70mph on motorways, and 50 or 60mph on all other roads.

For foreign drivers, basically if you have a full, valid Driver’s Licence from your home country, you will be able to drive small vehicles within Great Britain for up to 12 months from the date you entered. More information at Direct Gov.

London Bridge (You mean Tower Bridge)

London Bridge is not what you think it is. Many people believe the beautiful blue-and-white bridge with the two towers is London bridge. It’s not. That is actually Tower Bridge.

Located next to the Tower of London, with two towers connected by walkways, Tower Bridge officially opened on 30 June 1894, and the lower road section can be raised to allow large ships through. The walkways were closed off to the public in 1910 and re-opened in 1982 as part of the Tower Bridge Exhibition, offering great views in London. The walkways are fully sealed, with a roof and windows so it is not open to the elements at all. In this case they should really open it later, it would be great to get some night shots over London City. Currently the walkways are under refurbishment, but you can still visit, use one of the walkways, and see the engine room that controls the bridge.

FYI, London Bridge is the next bridge West of Tower Bridge. While very plain in comparison, it does have an interesting history. Known previously as Rennie’s Bridge, in 1968 it was falling apart, and sold to Missourian entrepreneur Robert P. McCulloch for US$2,460,000. He denies he thought he was actually buying Tower Bridge, dismantled it, re-constructed it back in Arizona, and it became the area’s second biggest tourist attraction!

Tower Hill Tube Station is the closest or simply walk along the Thames River banks from other nearby sights and stations. You can walk across the road section of the bridge any time, but the upper walkways are only open during the day. Entry discounted to £6.00 while only one of the walkways is accessible.

Summer Opening Hours
April – September 10:00 ~ 18:30 (last admission 17:30)
Winter Opening Hours
October – March 09:30 ~ 18:00 (last admission 17:00)

Tower BridgeTower BridgeSummer of London 2010