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Chelsea Bridge, London

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Chelsea Bridge is a bridge over the River Thames in west London, connecting Chelsea on the north bank to Battersea on the south bank. There have been two Chelsea Bridges, on the site of what was an ancient ford.The first Chelsea Bridge was proposed in the 1840s as part of a major development of marshlands on the south bank of the Thames into the new Battersea Park. It was a suspension bridge intended to provide convenient access from the densely populated north bank to the new park. Although built and operated by the government, tolls were charged initially in an effort to recoup the cost of the bridge. Work on the nearby Chelsea Embankment delayed construction and so the bridge, initially called Victoria Bridge, did not open until 1858. Although well-received architecturally, as a toll bridge it was unpopular with the public, and Parliament felt obliged to make it toll-free on Sundays. The bridge was less of a commercial success than had been anticipated, partly because of competition from the newly built Albert Bridge nearby. It was acquired by the Metropolitan Board of Works in 1877, and the tolls were abolished in 1879.The bridge was narrow and structurally unsound, leading the authorities to rename it Chelsea Bridge to avoid the Royal Family's association with a potential collapse. In 1926 it was proposed that the old bridge be rebuilt or replaced, due to the increased volume of users from population growth, and the introduction of the automobile. It was demolished during 1934–1937, and replaced by the current structure, which opened in 1937.
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  • The existing Chelsea Bridge was opened by the Prime Minister of Canada, Mackenzie King, in 1935. It's a sturdy iron structure and marks the eastern boundary of Battersea Park on its south side. Lister...  more »
  • This is a suspension bridge across the River Thames linking Chelsea to Battersea. Best seen at night as it is beautifully illuminated.  more »
  • I love touring London as I have friends who live their. But Chelsea Embankment at sunset is something else! Its beautiful, great for walks with friends or your significant other.. overall a beautiful ...  more »
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  • From the moment of arrival to the moment of departure, Pestana Chelsea Hotel provides excellent comfort and service. The room was clean and bright with a lovely shower and fluffy pillows. The complementary facilities were beautiful. The staff were as helpful and friendly as could be - even allowing me to take an extra croissant from breakfast to eat on the coach home. Would recommend highly!!
  • Great facilities. Comfortable beds. Very friendly and helpful staff. Lovely spa with a small swimming pool, steam room and sauna. Breakfast is self served buffet, which is ok, but for the price I'd expect a traditional served breakfast with choice of egg.
  • We love this hotel, the staff are so caring and courteous, especially in the breakfast restaurant. Our room is spacious, bright and clean. All of my special requests were met. I recommend for its location too.
  • Splendid night in a spacious and comfortable room. The staff were very helpful throughout the whole stay. Be advised that the spa is very small. You find a pool to paddle about it, a steam room and a rather pokey sauna. We were there at around 4/5 on a Saturday and it wasn't all that busy.
  • Was a very nice hotel. Enjoyed some time in the spa which was lovely, but it is on the small side. The room and en suite were very nice. Staff were extremely helpful and friendly.