There are no less than 33 bridges across The River Thames in London boroughs. As someone born in that city, and where I lived for 60 years, I have been across most if not all of them during my life. If you have never visited that great metropolis, you may not know just how many there are, and how diverse they are too. So here is a selection.
Westminster Bridge. On the north side, you will find The Houses of Parliament.
London Bridge. The oldest river crossing, from Southwark, first bridged by the Romans. One later bridge was famously sold to an American, and is now a tourist attraction in Arizona.
Before the Great Fire of London, the bridge was heavily built on, with shops and living accommodation. You can see the heads of executed criminals and traitors, on spikes over the entrance. The huge church on the south side is still there today, now extended, and called Southwark Cathedral.
Waterloo Bridge. Stand on this bridge and face east, and you have one of the best views in London. This was immortalised in the Kink’s song, ‘Waterloo Sunset’.
Vauxhall Bridge. On the south side, you will see the famous MI-6 building, shown in a James Bond film.
Lambeth Bridge. The building visible on the north side is the headquarters of MI-5.
Albert Bridge, to the west. Always illuminated at night, it it one of London’s most attractive bridges.
Tower Bridge. Saving the best until last, my favourite London landmark, and an image associated with the city since the bridge was opened, in 1894.
Let me know if you have a favourite London bridge.