Invitation to the bridge's opening

Thousands of people took advantage of a special offer to mark Tower Bridge's 120th anniversary.

A total of 4,600 people - around double the daily attendance - paid just just £1.20 to visit the Tower Bridge exhibition.

Each visitor received a special ticket which replicated the design of the original invitation to the 1894 opening ceremony. 

An evening reception (below) was staged on the bridge's walkways to mark the occasion. Guests included descendants of Sir John Wolfe Barry, the civil engineer most responsible for building the bridge. Also present were Londoners who had won a Twitter competition to attend the reception which was addressed by Dan Cruickshank, TV presenter and architectural historian who is a self-confessed bridge enthusiast.

Meanwhile at the Guildhall Art Gallery in the City a free art exhibition celebrated the anniverary. A series of etchings, paintings and memorabilia focusing on Tower Bridge were on display until the end of June and the exhibition will return in September and will run until December.

It showcased a range of artwork, from Wyllie’s momentous painting of the opening day in 1894 all the way to modern-day interpretations, and was primarily comprised of pieces from the City Corporation’s own collection.

A high-quality commemorative souvenir book has been published consisting of full-colour reproductions of the artwork in the exhibition and is on sale at the Tower Bridge Exhibition and Art Gallery gift shops.

Link to Tower Bridge website

Story updated July 1st 2014