A Montcalm Guide to the Bridges of London

London Bridge

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One of the most iconic parts of London is the huge river that runs straight through its centre. For centuries people have used the River Thames as a way in and out of the city for trade and travel. Throughout London’s history, there have been a number of crossings made that stretch over the famous waterway. Each one of them has become a landmark with its own history.

Odds are you will journey over one of London’s famous bridges as you make your way to The Montcalm Luxury hotels. They are much more than just crossings to get across the Thames. They are works of architectural art that hold a lot of secrets. We’ve put together this guide to the bridges in London so you can learn more about their history and activities they offer.

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Tower Bridge

Probably the most famous Bridge in London, this epic structure was built back in 1894 and has become one of London’s most popular destinations for tourists and photographers alike. At 800 feet long, Tower Bridge is crossed by over 40,000 people every day. It has been featured in a number of famous films and TV shows such as The Mummy Returns which saw the main character jump across the gap as the bridge was drawn up. This stunt was recreated in real life by a bus driver who was forced to speed up and jump the gap as the bridge was drawn up too early. Today visitors to our London City Suites hotel can experience Tower Bridge like never before by taking a stroll across the glass walkway that runs along the top of the structure.  

London Bridge

London Bridge is the oldest Thames crossing in the city with roots that date back to ancient Roman settlers. Although the name has remained the same, the physical bridge has been built and rebuilt through history. There have been several different incarnations that have taken on the title of London Bridge, with the most recent opening in 1973. There are a lot of stories and urban legends tied to London Bridge including the tale of oil tycoon Robert P. McCulloch who bought London Bridge thinking that he was getting the more iconic Tower Bridge.

Millenium Bridge

Millenium Bridge

This is one of London’s more recent river crossings and was built by…. To commemorate entering a new millennium. The contemporary design consists of metal as opposed to stonework which reflects a more modern side of London. The location of the bridge was chosen specifically to link the North Bank with iconic attractions such as The Globe and the Tate Modern. Harry Potter fans will be familiar with this bridge and might remember the scene when it was violently destroyed.

Waterloo Bridge

Waterloo Bridge is one of the smaller and often overlooked bridges in London but has one of the richest histories. It was built in… during the Second World War as a tribute to the victory in 1815 at the Battle of Waterloo. Because most of the men in Britain were away fighting in the war, the bridge was built mainly by women. That’s why it’s often referred to as the Ladies Bridge. Be sure to check out this iconic structure on your travels around London.