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Blackfriars Bridge, London

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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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  • This place is near the Blackfriars bridge.Good for quick coffee or refreshments.Easily reachable from Blackfriars Tube station.  more »
  • Blackfriars Bridge is an elegant Victorian structure connecting Southwark with the City of London. It has wide carriages for vehicles and pedestrian footpaths alike, although far too much roadway spac...  more »
  • This is a road and pedestrian bridge over the River Thames. It is a busy bridge near the Inns of Court and Tate Modern Gallery. Views from here are lovely.  more »
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  • A very handy station with access from both sides of the Thames. As trains come in platform straddles the river so great views of Tower Bridge, St Pauls and Tate Modern. Clean and tidy with lifts for easier access.
  • I crossed this bridge and successfully got to the other side. Therefore I would say - it works really well!
  • Can't stop taking pictures one of best picturesque location of London.
  • It didn't fall down when I was on it. Beautiful views of the city.
  • Good bridge and well constructed, not my favourite along the Thames though.

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