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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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  • Waterloo Bridge is a brutalist concrete construction which sits comfortably only with those other nearby icons of modernity on the nearby Southbank, namely the Hayward Gallery, Queen Elizabeth Hall an...  more »
  • Stretching across the River Thames from Southbank to The Strand, this elegant Bridge hosts impressive views - to the east, the office tower blocks of the City of London including Canary Wharf. To the ...  more »
  • A road and pedestrian bridge across the River Thames with picturesque views. The nearest underground station is Waterloo.  more »
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  • Great bridge - gets you across the river safely. Much better than swimming.
  • Many Landmark of London on plain view from there. Beautiful pictures taken from this wonderful city. I Love London
  • I cross this bridge to college daily..and I have to admit it that if I find the views breathtaking at 8 in the morning and very chilly than they have to be amazing!
  • For the next few weeks(Oct 1st) this is a great place to take photographs of a sunrise while looking at sait Paul's and the Skyline buildings from the city.
  • Excellent views, love this place at night. Must visit for travellers