A year after the Eiffel Tower went up in the heart of Paris, in 1889, the city of London decided to get its own: the “Great Tower of London”. For that purpose, a competition was held, involving plenty of very creative design and a bunch of Eiffel Tower look-alikes. The design number 37 was picked and awarded and the construction started in 1892. Unfortunatyly, the Metropolitan Tower Company, in charge of building the tower, ran into multiple problems and eventually ended up being liquidated. You can see all the entries to the competition on archive.org.