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Little did the Victorian engineers who worked in Tower Bridge’s Engine Rooms know that 100 years later, guests would be wining and dining among the coal-fired furnaces and steam pumps that used to power the bridge’s lifts. Tower Bridge has been available for private hire since 1994, but while many are familiar with the stunning Walkways space, its Engine Rooms are more of a well-kept secret.
Holding up to 120 for a drinks reception or 50 for a dinner, the space comprises a suite of newly refurbished interconnecting rooms, with welcome drinks enjoyed amid the original steam-pumping engines, accumulators and boilers, before you move through to a more open-plan space for dinner.
As the rooms are also used for the Tower Bridge Exhibition, there are all sorts of interesting and interactive exhibits, with guides on hand when needed. Private hire is available in the evenings only, once the exhibition has closed to the public.
This article first appeared in Square Meal Venues & Events magazine, Autumn 2008.