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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 This replaced a 19th-century stone-arched bridge, which in turn superseded a 600-year-old medieval structure.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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  • This is a great place to walk if you visit London. Lots to do like Borough Market and Southwark Cathedral and a fab view of Tower Bridge. Enjoy!  more »
  • London Bridge defies its nursery rhyme fate. Far from falling down London Bridge remains a major crossing point on the Thames. The structure is however unforgivably bland. It lacks the splendor of the...  more »
  • It is really exciting if you go over the bridge on a tour bus but you have got to be very careful that you don't drop any cameras or nothing blows away. But you have an excellent view.  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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