London city thrives on the banks of the River Thames. Apparently, the city is home to some of the most amazing constructions in the form of bridges built across the river. There are both modern and prehistoric bridges here, which also give some of the most beautiful panoramic views of the city. Below are a few of these iconic bridges that you can visit on your London guided tours.
Tower Bridge is the most iconic of all London bridges. It was constructed back in the year 1894, and is considered an incredible feat of architecture for the sheer magnitude of its construction. Visitors have the option of touring the interior of the bridge as well to find out more about it. You can see the machinery room and the hydraulic systems used to lift the bridge for the river traffic. In addition, you get to enjoy a remarkable view of the city and the Thames River from 45m above the ground.
With a slightly simpler design than the Tower Bridge, the London Bridge is just as revered as any other landmark of the city. Besides, the bridge has quite a lot of history attached to it as well. There have been several reinforcements of the London Bridge since its first inception by the Romans. Later, bridges with houses built over it were constructed, and Henry II built a stone bridge across the river that stood here until 1831.
This is a famous footbridge in the city that was opened to public on June 10, 2000. The bridge helped to link the Tate Modern and Shakespeare’s Globe to St Paul’s Cathedral on the northern side of the Thames River. The bridge had been nicknamed “the wobbly bridge” due to a famous tremor, but it has now been fixed.
The Blackfriars Bridge is an arch bridge in London, which became famous when the Vatican Bank Chairman, Robert Calvi, hung himself from the bridge. An interesting fact about the bridge is that it took more than 100 years to finish its construction; the work started in 1760 and it was opened in 1869.
This is a famous bridge, which opened in 1945. It has a very famous nickname, “Ladies Bridge”, since it was built mainly by women during the World War II when most of the men were away fighting in the war. There was initially a bridge built here in 1817, which comprised of nine granite arches. It was built to honor the victory of the Dutch, the Prussians, and the British in the Battle of Waterloo in 1815.