Sunrise at Tower Bridge: Where to See Golden Hour in London

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Last Updated on 10th November 2018 by Sophie Nadeau

When it comes to the golden hour in London, you’ll want to head to the water’s edge in the very heart of the city. This way, you can see the beautiful rays accompanied by the Big Smoke’s iconic skyline. Here’s why you must see the sunrise at Tower Bridge, as well as a quick history of Tower Bridge.

Should you wish to witness the beauty of Golden Hour in London, then there are several things you’ll want to bear in mind. Whereas almost everyone is around for sunset, fewer people are there for sunrise, meaning that you’ll get the place pretty much to yourself. Although winter means chillier mornings, it often makes for pretty skies, as opposed to the summer when fewer clouds often mean fewer candy tones dancing across the sky.

Sunrise at Tower Bridge: Where to See Golden Hour in London

Tower Bridge History: A must see iconic landmark in London

Bridging the two sides of the River Thames, Tower Bridge was constructed during the Victorian Era and, at its peak, was considered an incredible feat of engineering. Today, you can visit the interior of London Bridge for a fee (and if you pay for one just attraction in the city, I highly recommend a trip!).

Included in the tour is the chance to spy the engine pumps which control the folding bridge, as well as a wider history of London itself. From the top, the view is easily one of the best views in London. When talking of Tower Bridge, be sure not to confuse it with the London Bridge.

Now in its third incarnation, the original London Bridge was covered in houses. Tower Bridge itself was built between 1886 and 1894. The suspension and bascule bridge came about as a result of a need for more transportation across the Thames.

The East End was developing at a rapid rate, and with that came the requirement of a River Crossing. By the time the bridge was completed, total construction costs came to £1,184,000. This would be the equivalent of over £120 million in today’s money.

Sunrise at Tower Bridge: Where to See Golden Hour in London

Tips for photographing the sunrise at Tower Bridge

Be sure to use your camera on manual mode: When I first purchased my camera, I would solely use it in auto. I thought that learning how ISO, aperture, and shutter speed work would be too confusing and not worth the effort. Use as high a shutter speed as possible, as low an ISO number as possible, and adjust the aperture number in order to change the focus. Here’s my guide to my travel photography gear.

Head towards the Tower Pier for the best view: If you want to capture the sunrise with the best colours, then head to the Tower Pier area so as to snap the best colours golden hour has to offer. Afterwards, it’s perfectly possible to pick up a coffee nearby, or explore the city using this free and self-guided London walking tour.

Other locations to see the sunrise at Tower Bridge: Elsewhere in London, there are several places to capture the sunrise at Tower Bridge. Particular places of interest include London Bridge, St Katherine’s Docks (downstream of Tower Bridge), and Butler’s Wharf.

Wrap up warm: Even in the warmer months of the year, it can be pretty chilly before the sun rises. As a result, be sure to pack a warm jacket, scarf, and gloves.

About Author

Sophie Nadeau loves dogs, books, Paris, pizza, and history, though not necessarily in that order. A fan of all things France related, she runs when she's not chasing after the next sunset shot or consuming her weight in sweet food. Currently based in Paris after studies in London, she's spent most of her life living in the beautiful Devonian countryside in South West England!

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