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Tower Bridge celebrates 120th birthday

PUBLISHED: 15:00 30 June 2014 | UPDATED: 15:00 30 June 2014

Tower Bridge is celebrating its 120th birthday (pic: Clive Totman)

Tower Bridge is celebrating its 120th birthday (pic: Clive Totman)

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London’s most iconic bridge celebrates its 120th birthday today.

Tower Bridge when it was being built (pic: London Metropolitan Archives)Tower Bridge when it was being built (pic: London Metropolitan Archives)

Tower Bridge was officially opened on June 30, 1894 by the Prince of Wales, later to become King Edward VII.

To commemorate the anniversary, admission to the landmark’s exhibition has been dropped to just £1.20 - or 120 pence - for the day.

In keeping with the Victorian theme, policemen, pickpockets and engineers from 120 years ago will interact with visitors, who will receive a special replica ticket of the invitation to the opening ceremony.

A competition was also run on social media for 120 people to win free tickets to a sunset event on the high level walkways, featuring Victorian-themed entertainment and champagne.

If you can’t make the big day, there’s no need to worry as a free exhibition of etchings, paintings and memorabilia will be on display at the Guildhall Art Gallery until mid-July.

It will showcase all 120 years of the bridge’s existence, from a painting of the opening day to modern interpretations.

Tower Bridge took more than 400 construction workers eight years to build at a cost of £1.1m.

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