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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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  • 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 »
  • I moved here the Thames along the way from Chelsea to Battersea. In order to admire the panorama of London, I advise you to choose some other place: Westminster Bridge or Golden Jubilee bridges, for example. With Chelsea Bridge view more than modest: the left-rail bridge with trains, modern glass buildings and construction cranes, Battersea Park begins to the right. Therefore, I would not have called this a suspension bridge with a special attraction: just a comfortable and functional way to cross the river by car or on foot. On the sides of the paved walkways.
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  • It was wonderful to sail under this lovely suspension bridge again on a recent cruise from Westminster to Kew. Another good way to view it is from trains crossing the very close-by Grosvenor railway b...  more »
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  • Rooms are great. Service can be slow and not much choice in the restaurant. There is more food choices in the bar which makes no sense. The spa and pool are amazing and very relaxing. But overall a lovely hotel to stay in.
  • The hotel is modern with great facilities. The front has views over Battersea park, while my room I the back overlooked the railway and the power station. The rooms are nice and quiet with double glazing and then a separate pane and the air conditioning works really well.
  • Very nice hotel. 4 star that feels like a 5 star. The breakfast is very well done. Nice modern pool and spa. Rooms look modern and great interiors. Recommend staying here without a doubt
  • Lovely room on the 8th floor, very clean and well equipped. Our booking included breakfast, but what was and was not included was not clearly explained by the restaurant staff on the first morning. Reception staff extremely helpful.
  • Nicely done out. Lovely room. But breakfast experience had a lot too be desired; this ruined the stay for us. The Spa is also nicely done out but it is purely focused on hotel guests who have their rooms to get changed in and stuff; there are no facilities at the spa, so be aware those who use it after they have checked out...