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Tower Bridge opens for a passing boat
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Ever wanted to open Tower Bridge? Here’s your chance!

By Rosie Hewitson

No matter how many times you’ve seen it before, watching Tower Bridge creak open for a passing boat is always pretty cool. One of Victorian London’s many impressive feats of engineering, the bridge turns 125 this month, and the City of London is hosting a rather special birthday season.

Fantastic Feats: The Building of London is a programme of performances, exhibitions, installations and walks taking place all over the City this summer in celebration of London’s most impressive architectural triumphs.

But here comes the best bit! To commemorate Tower Bridge’s special anniversary, one lucky Time Out reader will get the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to step inside the control cabin, stop the traffic and pull the lever that opens the capital’s (and possibly the world’s) most famous bridge. Which we’re pretty sure gives you ultimate bragging rights over every other Londoner for the rest of your life. Achievement: unlocked.

Enter the big Tower Bridge competition here, and sign up here to get the latest from London straight to your inbox.

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