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London Bridge, London

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"London Bridge" refers to several historical bridges that 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 This replaced a 19th-century stone-arched bridge, which in turn superseded a 600-year-old medieval structure.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 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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  • Not the most beautiful bridge in London, but definitely one of the busiest as it connects you directly to the heart of the City of London. I advise avoiding this bridge at rush hour times as there are a lot of people walking it to get to work. You can also get really nice shots of Tower Bridge and the Shard from here.
  • The name does suggest it should be more grand than it is. But alas, the best thing about London Bridge is that it offers a fantastic view of Tower Bridge... :( ... I have just added a 🌟 out of sympathy.
  • It's a bridge. Good for crossing the river. A lot of reviews here are mixing up London bridge with tower bridge. Tower bridge is the iconic landmark constructed in the late 19th century. London bridge is a concrete road bridge built in the 1970s....
  • This place is great. What can you say its historic and a British marvel. Great attraction. If you're lucky you'll get to see the bridge open :)
  • Busy, lively, lots of history and great pubs like the George, associations with Charles Dickens ... but it is all tucked away. You have to look for it. Definitely seek out the George and other age-old pubs set back off Borough High St. And visit and buy at the wonderful Borough Market!

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