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Waterloo Bridge, London

Categories: Bridges, Tourist Spots
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Waterloo Bridge is a road and foot traffic bridge crossing the River Thames in London, between Blackfriars Bridge and Hungerford Bridge. Its name commemorates the victory of the British, the Dutch and the Prussians at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. Thanks to its location at a strategic bend in the river, the views from the bridge (of Westminster, the South Bank and the London Eye to the west, and of the City of London and Canary Wharf to the east) are widely held to be the finest from any spot in London at ground level.HistoryFirst bridgeThe first bridge on the site was designed in 1809–10 by John Rennie for the Strand Bridge Company and opened in 1817 as a toll bridge. The granite bridge had nine arches, each of 120ft span, separated by double Doric stone columns, and was 2456ft long, including approaches–1240ft between abutments–and 42ft wide between the parapets. Before its opening it was known as the Strand Bridge.During the 1840s the bridge gained a reputation as a popular place for suicide attempts. In 1841 the American daredevil Samuel Gilbert Scott was killed while performing an act in which he hung by a rope from a scaffold on the bridge. In 1844 Thomas Hood wrote the poem The Bridge of Sighs, which concerns the suicide of a prostitute there.
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  • The bridge is located in the London area called South Bank. Because of its strategic location, from here you can see sights such as Westminster and London Eye to the West, the City and Canary Wharf to the East. A curiosity: this bridge was nicknamed "the ladies ' bridge" because rebuilt by women during World War II. Thank you for reading my review. If you like, will be very welcome a useful vote.
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  • It's busy as per normal in London, but you do get some nice views and I even bumped into some nice people at the information board in the middle. 
  • The bridge was built in 1945 at the site of the older one which was opened in 1817. It is probably the best spot for taking a picture, due to its location at a bend of the river Thames. From here you ...  read more »
  • worth walking over for great views of big ben and the london eye with less of a crowd.
  • Amazing views on both sides of the bridge. Not as touristy as other ones.
  • It's a rather plain bridge. Compared to the other bridges in London, it's nothing to cry home about. A bridge like any other.
  • One of my favourite bridges in London. Not architecturally as its quite ugly but the views from both sides are amazing and remind me why I love London and also gives access to the South Bank.
  • Highest bridge for every London view. Also this bridge was built mostly by women during the WW2
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