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London to get new cable car for bird's-eye view of the Thames
Published: Wednesday 27th of April 2011
While current tourism attentions will no doubt be on this Friday's (April 29th) royal wedding between Kate Middleton and Prince William at Westminster Abbey, there have been many more announcements made about new things to do in London.
People visiting the UK's capital for the nuptials will no doubt get around the city by the London Underground, the famous black cab, by train or by foot. But another mode of transport could soon be on the horizon - literally.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson has announced that work is set to start on a new cable car system. This would ferry tourists and commuters alike across the Thames as part of plans to provide a boost to the east of the capital.
The low-emission transport link would connect attractions such as the Royal Victoria Docks, the O2 arena and the Greenwich Peninsula. Mace has been revealed as the lead contractor and is the company behind the London Eye, a now-iconic feature on the city's skyline.
Taking in London from above by cable car could allow you to escape from the hustle and bustle of other means of getting around and enable you to appreciate the architecture and sheer size of the UK's capital.
"Gliding serenely through the air across the Thames, [the cable car] will provide a truly sublime, bird's-eye view of our wonderful city. This innovative airborne travel link will be a vital component in the ongoing renaissance of a vibrant easterly quarter of the capital, providing a much-needed river crossing," Mr Johnson explained.
He also announced that Tower Bridge - one of the top things to see in London - could undergo a makeover.
A new energy-efficient LED system has been proposed to be installed on the river crossing. If planning permission is given the go-ahead, the lights could have their brightness and colours altered in order to reflect big events in London.
If plans are approved, it is hoped that the work would be completed in time for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Mr Johnson asserted: "I want London to look its very best in 2012 as the eyes of the world are upon us. Tower Bridge is one of this city's most stunning landmarks, recognised the world over and therefore deserving of a star role in these year-long celebrations."
Tower Bridge is not just beautiful to look at because of its Gothic features. It is also home to an exhibition that explains the history behind this landmark, which was built at the end of the nineteenth century.
The bridge enabled individuals to pass the Thames to get to the busy docks and therefore Victorian engineers decided to make the roadways movable so ships could easily pass underneath.
It is lifted around 1,000 times a year, so if you time your visit wisely you may also get the chance to experience Tower Bridge's impressive engineering first hand.
Once you have made it up into the exhibition, you can take in famous London attractions including the Tate Modern, London Eye, the Tower and the Square Mile's Gherkin to the west, as well as Butler's Wharf and the Design Museum to the east.
Whether you plan to make the most of the upcoming four-day weekend to celebrate the royal wedding and May Day on a break to London, or prefer to visit during a quieter time, Tower Bridge is a must-see attraction.
You may even decide to take a ride in the cable car when it is eventually built for a truly unique experience.
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