Bridges of London

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Tower bridge

As home to the second longest river in the whole of the UK and probably the most well known it is no surprise that London is also home to a number of bridges.  Each of these bridges offer unique sights of the city and are great places from which to see the River Thames and the London skyline.  Often these bridges have an interesting history too which is worth discovering in its own right.

Tower Bridge

 

Tower bridgeUndoubtedly the most iconic bridge in London, Tower Bridge was constructed in 1894 and is a stunning feat of engineering.  The top of the bridge is 45 metres above sea level and the bridge itself is 244 metres long.  You can learn more about the building and design of the bridge as well as experiencing some amazing views of the city and the river below by visiting the Tower Bridge Experience.  This includes the opportunity to walk along the glass walkways and look down on some of the 40,000 people who cross the bridge each day.  From any of the Montcalm hotels you should easily be able to reach Tower Bridge using public transport.

London Bridge

 

London bridgeAlthough perhaps less aesthetically pleasing than Tower Bridge, London Bridge is almost as well known and in fact the two bridges are often mistaken as being one and the same.  London Bridge however has its roots firmly entrenched in London’s history, being first constructed by the Romans with various reconstructions following until the bridge we know today was built in the 1970s.

Millennium Bridge

 

Millennium BridgeThis bridge does indeed derive its name from the fact that it was opened in 2000 and it became a bridge of particular note due to the tremor or wobbling experienced when walking across it.  Although this wobbling has now been fixed, it is occasionally still referred to as the ‘wobbly bridge’ by locals.  Millennium Bridge connects traditional London landmarks such as St Paul’s Cathedral which is located on the north bank of the river Thames with attractions such as the Tate Modern.  Although it would take a little longer to reach if you were staying at the M by Montcalm London Shoreditch Tech City, a visit to this bridge will offer you a great view down the Thames towards the iconic Tower Bridge.

Waterloo Bridge

Waterloo Bridge London

This bridge opened in 1945 and although it isn’t as exciting as some of the other bridges mentioned its history is fairly unique.  Constructed mainly by women during World War II (as many men were away fighting) it was built to replace the previous bridge; this bridge featured nine arches to commemorate the British victory at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815.

Putney Bridge

Putney bridge in London

Again, a bridge which isn’t particularly interesting to look at and perhaps not as well known as the likes of London Bridge or Tower Bridge, Putney Bridge crosses the river between Putney and Fulham and has been the starting point for the annual boat race between Oxford and Cambridge University since 1845.

 

 

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