Tower Bridge weddings helping iconic landmark bring in cool £3.1m

157
Tower Bridge weddings helping iconic landmark bring in cool £3.1m
credit Unsplash

Tower Bridge is making six times as much money as it was during the pandemic thanks to tourists and couples getting married at the venue.

The iconic tourist attraction has bounced back as events and visits to the site were able to return when COVID restrictions were lifted.

The iconic tourist attraction made £3.1 million between March 2021 and March 2022, compared to just £500,000 the previous year, according to a report by the City of London Corporation.

The bridge has also seen large numbers of visitors recently, the Bridge Housing Estates report added.

The report said: “Following the lifting of pandemic-related restrictions, Tower Bridge tourism experienced a steady recovery in income. The income derived from visitor admissions, retail and events at Tower Bridge increased to £3.1m from the previous year’s £0.5m.

“March 2022 enjoyed a strong boost in visitor admissions which had an impact on the full year results and has continued into 2022/23.”

NOW READ: New Year, New You campaign launches to help City residents quit smoking

The famous bridge can be hired out for a wide range of events, including weddings.

Photos on the bridge’s website show incredible photos of long dining tables decorated with big pink flower displays and surrounded by trees on the bridge’s walkway.

It costs tourists £11.40 to walk up the bridge’s towers, enjoy the views of the city and stand on the walkway’s glass floor, 42 metres above the Thames. Children’s tickets cost £5.70.

Meanwhile, Londoners living in Southwark, Tower Hamlets and the City of London are able to explore the bridge for just £1.

The City of London report added that the Bridge Housing Estates has also spent large sums refurbishing Blackfriars Bridge and adding cycle lanes to the five Central London bridges it manages.

Construction company FM Conway began repairing the cast iron parapets on Grade II listed, Blackfriar’s Bridge in 2021. The renovation works and new paint job are expected to be finished by 2024.

For the latest headlines from the City of London and beyond, follow City Matters on TwitterInstagram and LinkedIn.