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Blackfriars Bridge, London

Categories: Bridges, Tourist Spots
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4/5 based on 65 reviews on the web
Blackfriars Bridge is a road and foot traffic bridge over the River Thames in London, between Waterloo Bridge and Blackfriars Railway Bridge, carrying the A201 road. The north end is near the Inns of Court and Temple Church, along with Blackfriars station. The south end is near the Tate Modern art gallery and the Oxo Tower.HistoryThe first fixed crossing at Blackfriars was a 995ft long toll bridge designed in an Italianate style by Robert Mylne and constructed with nine semi-elliptical arches of Portland stone. Beating designs by John Gwynn and George Dance, it took nine years to build, opening to the public in 1769. It was the third bridge across the Thames in the then built-up area of London, supplementing the ancient London Bridge, which dated from several centuries earlier, and Westminster Bridge. It was originally named "William Pitt Bridge" (after the Prime Minister William Pitt the Elder) as a dedication, but its informal name relating to the precinct within the City named after the Blackfriars Monastery, a Dominican priory which once stood nearby, was generally adopted. It was later made toll free.
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  • Truth to be told, it is not the prettiest bridge on Thames, but it is a very convenient connection of the South Bank and the City of London. The views are great, but be aware of the heavy traffic on t...  read more »
  • Lovely old bridge with pretty lights underneath Looks even better at night from the river walk that runs parallel to the bridge From here you look back and can see the Millennium bridge and Tower brid...  read more »
  • It's one of those bridges which you will always end up using as a tourist on foot. Not the most spectacular but nice all the same. 
  • The bridge is right next to Blackfrias train station which blocks the view to one side but has a lovely view to the other one. It can get really crowded during office hours. They've recently added a bikes highway that improved a lot the safety for bikers.
  • Station over a bridge with an incredible view over the Thames. Not much of a tourist attraction, but makes the commute nicer!
  • Not much you can say about a bridge, but it seems well maintained and up to date with the rising amount of cyclists.
  • One the best views in London. Get off at the train station at dusk or dawn for best photo opportunities.
  • Nice views of the river and city en-route to work in the morning. Mind the Boris bikes!
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