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London Bridge, London

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Throughout history, a number of bridges named London Bridge have spanned the River Thames between the City of London and Southwark, in central London. The current crossing, which opened to traffic in 1973, is a box girder bridge built from concrete and steel. This replaced a 19th-century stone-arched bridge, which in turn superseded a 600-year-old medieval structure. This was preceded by a succession of timber bridges, the first built by the Roman founders of London.The current bridge stands at the western end of the Pool of London but is positioned upstream from previous alignments. The traditional ends of the medieval bridge were marked by St Magnus-the-Martyr on the northern bank and Southwark Cathedral on the southern shore. Until Putney Bridge opened in 1729, London Bridge was the only road-crossing of the Thames downstream of Kingston upon Thames. Its importance has been the subject of popular culture throughout the ages such as in the nursery rhyme "London Bridge Is Falling Down" and its inclusion within art and literature.The modern bridge is owned and maintained by Bridge House Estates, an independent charity of medieval origin overseen by the City of London Corporation. It carries the A3 road, which is maintained by the Greater London Authority. The crossing also delineates an area along the southern bank of the River Thames, between London Bridge and Tower Bridge, that has been designated as a business improvement district.
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  • Clearly, the architecture of the bridge is not uninteresting. But the view from this Tower Bridge is great (especially at night). The Esplanade the perspective on the sector (including "the shard") buildings is impressive.
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  • It is nice to walk the famous London Bridge, everybody heard about it, it’s just a bridge, there is nothing to see about it, but just walk on it and take pictures...there’s nothing wrong about that.  more »
  • This is just a plain concrete bridge and nothing special to look at. Tower bridge is special but this one is really boring in comparison. This bridge certainly isn't worth making a special trip to see...  more »
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  • I prefer crossing this bridge with my bike as it is wide and normally it is not crowded, but sometimes there can be massive traffic jams and constructions on both ends. It is safe and well protected on the other hand!
  • It's a bridge... Some nice views of landmarks but it's not really a destination in itself. In terms of getting me over the Thames it is pretty good.
  • It's a bridge... But it's also a great place to look up and down the water, and take in some magnificent sights and sites. I love cycling across it at sunset and sunrise, when Tower Bridge looks spectacular from here.
  • A busy commuting location, with rail road and tube station London Bridge. Borough Market close by and The City Hall (The Greater London Authority). Great eateries and river views, with HMS Belfast moored close by on the River Themes.
  • Amazing historical place. The area very trendy with many interesting places to see and visit. I like this very old part of London. Did you know this part of London is called The City of London and it's different to the City of Westminster. Check it out.

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