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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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  • I saw the trains crossing and stopping on a covered bridge outside the Tate Museum of Modern Art and wanted to cross that but it's a National Rail station situated over the river. So I crossed the adj...  more »
  • On the South side of Blackfriars Bridge, chatham and dover railway logo hung majestically. I don't know too much more, but in the past had a train here it seems. In addition, this insignia as had station. Other side of Blackfriars station as is used now.
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  • Another beautiful bridge to all across on London. It has a more simpler design but still a sight to see. The walk across offers up spectacular views of east London. Very beautiful and modern bridge in...  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.