While Westminster Abbey and the National Gallery are excellent sights to check out and to spend time at, London has far more for you than what you might think. What we are talking about here is that even its bridges are varied and awe-inspiring experiences. Walking across each and every one of them might be a tedious task as there are quite a few of them but at least try and experience the ones that are unmissable. Here are four that we have hand-picked from them all for you to consider!
1. Waterloo Bridge:
Kicking off the list is a contestant that has been designated a Grade II* structure within the Statutory List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest and it is Waterloo Bridge, of course. Quite possibly one of the most renowned bridges of the capital of the United Kingdom, it is not only fascinating but it also reminds us of a certain song of the same name from ABBA (triple wink). Reaching across the River Thames and situated between Blackfriars Bridge and Hungerford Bridge, it possesses a total length of 370 metres and a longest span of 71. With a width of 24 metres, it immortalises the Battle of Waterloo of 1815 where the British, the Dutch, and the Prussians forces defeated the French Empire (and, of course, its commander, Napoleon Bonaparte, as well). Its unique position in the bend of the aforementioned river grants it unparalleled views both towards the south and the east and this makes it a rumbling tourist hotspot. If you see crowds, know that they are there for the same reason as you are: for inspiring sights (wink)!
2. London Bridge:
Well, though its close proximity often makes people confuse it with Tower Bridge, believe us that London Bridge has enough “juice” to hold its own. Officially adhering to the box girder bridge design and made entirely of concrete and steel, it is but the third in line when it comes to bridge-reincarnations at that location. Today’s version replaced a 19th century bridge which, in turn, was built instead of another one that had been more than 600 years old. Impressive, huh? This incarnation was opened to public traffic on 17 March 1973 and it possesses a maximum length of 269 metres. With a longest span of 104 metres and a width of 32 metres, it was only fitting that it should carry five lanes of the A3 road. But hey, you can walk across it because it also has pavements (wink)!
3. Millennium Bridge:
And we have arrived at a contestant that is a bit different than the others for it was made entirely for pedestrians. Called Millennium Bridge (or “London Millennium Footbridge”) and boasting a total length of 325 metres (with a longest span of 144), its firm structure and role in offering wondrous sights above the River Thames make it an unquestionable tourist hotspot. Its width, however, is not as striking as its length with only 4 metres but it is more than enough for people on foot to cross the water. Connecting Bankside with the City of London, it was erected between 1998 and 2000 and opened in the latter year. Oh, and don’t be afraid because its pedestrian-only status does not mean that it is clogged and crowded. Its length and width (though it may not look like that on paper), perfectly channel the flux of people (wink).
4. Tower Bridge:
While the Palace of Westminster and the London Eye are considered the most recognisable landmarks of London, Tower Bridge also has a claim to be the ruler. Reaching across the River Thames in an unprecedented fashion and piercing the sky with its majesty deep within the heart of the city, it is quite possibly one of the most photographed landmarks of the United Kingdom. Boasting a total length of 244 metres and a longest span of 82.3, it was opened to public transport on 30 June 1894. Officially a combined bascule and suspension bridge, it was built between 1886 and 1894. Owned and maintained by the Bridge House Estates, it has been designated a Grade I listed building within the Statutory List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. Oh, and if you are wondering just how high those imposing towers are, know that the answer is 65 metres (wink).
Did you enjoy our list? Which of the above-mentioned bridges have you walked or driven across and what lasting impressions have they left you with? Tell us all about your experiences in the comment section below and be sure to check back for some interesting updates from time to time! See you on our next adventure!