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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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  • The Blacfriars Bridge is by far the most different and attractive of the capital. Bold colors, has delicate details such as carnations on metal parts. A walk for her, it's worth it!
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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...  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...  more »
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  • I walk to work every morning via this bridge and it makes me smile so much. London is beautiful and I'm blessed to be living here
  • It's a lovely bridge in central London. Not as popular as nearby Westminster, as scenic as Tower, nor with as storied and hilarious a history as London, but we love it in spite of its plainness and practicality. Truly a bridge like any other.
  • Nice bridge but always super windy
  • Lovely views over main London attractions, good transport point as there is a national rail station
  • A good way to walk off a huge meal (especially at a place like Duck & Waffle!) is to take a stroll across the Blackfrairs.