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Waterloo Bridge, London

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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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  • August 6, 2017
    It is essentially a modern-looking bridge at the end of the century XX, I used it only to move from one bank to another city
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  • July 21, 2017
    This is a modern bridge with no outstanding features other than to take you across the river however underneath the bridge on the south bank you will find booksellers similar to the Bouquinists of Par...  more »
  • July 15, 2017
    I was at LSE just off Aldwych for three years, and often took a stroll across the bridge for the views. The skyline has changed somewhat since the late 70s/early 80s, but still this bridge offers some...  more »
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  • Seems odd giving a review of a bridge... It functions very well as a bridge, and if you are hoping to travel by road vehicle or by foot between Waterloo/South Bank and the Strand then I would suggest that it is not only the best, but also the only, sensible option. All this would make it a four star bridge, but the lovely views (Westminster, St Paul's, the City) mean it gets the full five stars!
  • A better view is overnight far from the crowd and the tourist. Also, if you looking for a quiet evening to relieve the stress from long day at work and just to have your own space - defo, go later in the evening around 9-10pm.
  • Lovely place to walk around lot's to do &visit or just watch the world go by
  • Great way to get from one side of the river to the other. All you could hope for from a bridge.
  • For me a very magical place where I proposed my fiancé. Great view around the area especially during night time. I recommend it to anyone visiting London.

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