Most people, including the toddlers, know the famous London Bridge. But not all are aware that several London Bridge actually exist in the city.
There are a number of historical bridges in London named London Bridge. Situated in the central part of the city, they span the River Thames between the City of London and Southwark.
One is the Tower Bridge, also a popular structure, situated further down the Thames River. It is often mistaken as the London Bridge. Then there’s the Putney Bridge which opened in 1729 and which is the only bridge in Britain to have a medieval church at both ends (St. Mary’s Church on the south and All Saints Church on the north).
The original London Bridge, however, is the one that boasts of having the longest history. It was the first and only bridge over the River Thames until 1729 when the Putney Bridge was built.
Touring the London Bridge can be done by foot or through a river cruise during the day or night. It is an exciting experience as the area surrounding it is abuzz with activities. Close to the structure are bars, restaurants, hotels and tourist attractions.
The tallest building in Western Europe known as The Shard is one popular attraction nearby. This is where the best views of London can be experienced.
Those looking for food should not miss the Borough Market just across the road from the London Bridge station. With more than 70 stalls in place, one can find here all sorts of cheese, vegetables, cakes, breads, fish and meat. It’s the oldest food market in the U.K., by the way.
From there, tourists can also visit The Golden Hinde which is a replica of Sir Francis Drake’s galleon. There’s also the Southwark Cathedral considered to be the city’s oldest Gothic church.
Public Transport Links
London Bridge is easily accessible owing to the availability of public transport links. For one, the London Bridge station is in place and is part of the overland rail network. From this station, people can go to Kent, Sussex, South London, Luton airport and Gatwick airport.
If you will be traveling around London, the rail network can also be used to go to Charing Cross, St Pancras International, Cannon Street and Waterloo East. The Jubilee and Northern Tube lines are another alternative and they can bring you to the north, west, east and central parts of the city.
But if you want to see the sights while going to your destinations, the buses including the double decker buses are a good choice as well. Finally if you’re after a little adventure and want to feel the breeze, touring the city by bicycle is recommended. A bike docking station for the London Cycle Hire Scheme is available on Duke Street Hill.