A quick history of London’s famous bridges

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The bridges of London are important. They don’t only help people get to and from the different parts of London, they’re also famous landmarks that pop up in everything from Hollywood blockbusters to news reports. They’ve had a long and storied history, with London Bridge probably starting life as a wooden crossing in 50 AD.

The most famous bridges in London are the ones that pass over the Thames. Writers have been quick to suggest there’s something magical about them, with authors giving them powers or magical people who look after them. It seems like the bridges have really got stuck in our imaginations. If you’re searching for hotels Old Street London why not pick the one closest to your favourite bridge?

London Bridge

London Bridge is the subject of a nursery rhyme, which, like all good nursery rhymes, nobody is sure when it was made up. Theories have arisen that it’s about Viking attacks or an old and gruesome superstition, or even about when Boudicca burned the bridge down during her revolt against the Romans. Nothing is certain apart from the fact that the rhyme has been around since at least the 1800s.

London Bridge was sold to a Missouri businessman in the 60s, and the old bridge was taken to be constructed in Arizona as a new one was being built in London.

Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge has become an iconic symbol of London, with its two bridge towers tied together by horizontal walkways. This is the bridge that opens up to let boats through, stopping all road and pedestrian traffic. Thankfully for those staying at Montcalm luxury hotel London, these times are posted in advance so their journey exploring London isn’t delayed.

As you may have expected for such a grand structure, the bridge was built during the Victorian era, and the ability to raise the bridge for boats has always been there.

Millennium Bridge

Unfortunately, Millennium Bridge didn’t have the best start in life. It was built to celebrate the Millennium, but when it opened in June of 2000, pedestrians nicknamed it ‘the Wobbly Bridge’ because it tended to sway in high winds. It was then closed to the public for two years while the problem was mended. However, it’s now fixed—although those staying in London may still hear Londoners calling it ‘wobbly’.

Blackfriars Bridge

Blackfriars was opened in 1769 and originally cost a toll to walk or drive across. However, this was abandoned—so was the idea of naming it after Prime Minister William Pitt.

It’s now Grade II-listed, even though so many repairs were made to the bridge in its lifetime that a new bridge had to be built and dedicated almost 100 years later. This new bridge was opened in 1869 by Queen Victoria, and is still the one which is in use today. It was widened in from 1907 to 1910 from 70 feet to 105 feet so that cars could more easily pass overhead.