Just as the Empire State Building defines New York City’s skyline and the Eiffel Tower defines that of Paris, the iconography of London’s Tower Bridge cannot be overstated. Crossing the Thames River, the suspension bridge links Tower Hamlets on the north side to Southwark on the side. The design, by Horace Jones and George D. Stevenson, was not initially greeted with enthusiasm. But, it has stood the test of time and underwent face-lifts for both the Queen’s Silver Jubilee and 2012 Summer Olympics. Although it was bitterly cold and windy during our most recent visit, walking across the bridge was well worth the effort. The view of the London skyline from the bridge’s walkways is unparalleled and the mood of the teeming crowd was nothing short of festive and jubilant.