Do Look Down! A Bird’s Eye View of the London Marathon from the Tower Bridge Glass Floor

When Tower Bridge launched a competition via twitter on Friday to watch the London Marathon from the famous Tower Bridge Glass Floor, I replied immediately. I was planning to watch the marathon on Sunday anyway, but to see the runners from 42 metres up, above the Thames? That’s a once in a lifetime experience.

And lo and behold, on Friday afternoon, an email from the Tower Bridge team dropped into my inbox. It said I was one of 100 people who had won the prize to visit the Tower Bridge Glass Floor. So on a drizzly and cold Sunday, we set off along South Bank to get some unrivalled views of the marathon runners, from the dry – and not so cold – walkways of the Tower Bridge Exhibition Centre.

Here’s the experience in pictures, with a touch of ‘insta’ added to them…

Tower Bridge County Hall Oh So London

Once inside the Exhibition Centre, the lift takes you up to the walkway level.

There are two walkways, both with glass floors. So you’re free to stroll around, read about the history of this Victorian era bridge, and marvel at the amazing engineering that went into creating such a famous London landmark.

Tower Bridge London

Tower Bridge walkway London

Tower Bridge Exhibition Centre London

The panoramic views over the Thames are fantastic…

Tower Bridge Exhibition Centre London

View of the Shard from Tower Bridge London

Edge of City Hall and The Scoop and of course The Shard..

Tower Bridge Exhibition Centre

View out to Butler’s Wharf and the South East…

At first, I was quite freaked out by the prospect of walking over a glass floor, 42 metres above the Thames. Logic just doesn’t come into it when you’re genuinely scared of heights.

But as the time passes, you do get used to it. Plus, the glass doesn’t run the full length of the bridge, so you can walk away from it if it all gets a bit too much.

Glass walkway Tower Bridge

Chances are though, like us and the visitors around us, you will quickly become obsessed with getting the best, most arty photo out there.

London Marathon Birds Eye View Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge Glass Floor London Marathon

Tower Bridge Glass Floor London Marathon

The Thames Clipper approaches…

Tower Bridge London Marathon

London Marathon Tower Bridge glass floor

The marathon runners start to arrive thick and fast

London Marathon from Tower Bridge glass floor

As the the hours passed, the people around us were getting even more adventurous with their photos.

So we joined in…

London Marathon from Tower Bridge

View from one of the towers

View of Marathon from Tower Bridge

Being a draw bridge, the bascules of Tower Bridge do of course lift every now and again to let larger vessels through on the Thames.

One of the really cool things you can do while you’re up there in case you don’t experience the real thing, is to take advantage of theRaise Tower Bridge’ augmented reality app. Once you download it, you can use the app to see an augmented reality version of the bascules raising beneath your feet. It’s really quite weird.

Glass floor, Tower Bridge, London

Waiting for the elites to run across Tower Bridge…

The vertigo all got a bit too much…

Lucy McGuire Oh So London

During the two hours we were up on the bridge, we saw some of the elite runners and I caught a very quick glimpse of Paula Radcliffe as she whizzed by and was chased by a reporter.

Here’s a quick video to give you an idea of what it was like…

Watching the world go by from up there was just truly amazing, and offered a different perspective to what is one of London’s most amazing sporting events.

Last year I was running it. This year I was watching it from up in the sky. Who’d have known.

But we made sure we did a bit of cheering for the runners when we were back on solid ground. Another year, another truly inspirational event. Well done to everyone who took part. I can’t wait for next year. Who knows where I’ll be watching from…

London Marathon from Tower Bridge glass floor

Thank you to Tower Bridge London for an amazing experience. For more information on the Tower Bridge Exhibition and Glass Floor, go to TowerBridge.org.uk. You can also follow them on twitter @TowerBridge and find them on Facebook.

Until next time x

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