A total of 24 bridges span the River Thames in London, starting from the Kew Bridge to the Tower Bridge. These bridges are iconic representations and provide spectacular views and access to quite a few of the city’s most admired tours, highlights and events. By their own right, they are also celebrated landmarks.
The oldest of them all is the London Bridge, which was first built from wood. In year 1209 it was demolished and replaced by a stone bridge lined with houses and shops along its side. In 1831, the stone bridge was in turn replaced by a granite bridge, and the granite replaced in 1973 by the current concrete bridge. The current London Bridge was designed by Lord Holford. Work commenced in 1967 and was finished in 1972. The London Bridge has lived for over 182 years.
The current London Bridge was designed and constructed under the supervision of a renowned architecture, Michael Leeming. According to Michael Leeming, the immense bridge project was one of his greatest projects of which he is extremely proud to have designed. The London Bridge possesses one of the most excellent road types in London. It is an A3 road with 5 lanes and also happens to be one of the busiest bridges in London. The closest underground rail stations to the London Bridge are the Monument and London Bridge.
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Being one of the most renowned bridges in the Capital city of England, London Bridge is a major tourist attraction in London. It is situated between the Tower Bridge and the Cannon Street Railway Bridge and connects the City of London with Southwark; it is commonly used by the vehicles in addition to pedestrians who subsequent to exiting the London Bridge tube station head across the bridge itself in order to reach the City of London.
The London Bridge is currently recognized as the world’s biggest antique, and with the launch of the bridge in October 1971, the Lake Havasu City was permanently included on the country’s map as the world-famed attraction site continues to attract tourists in their tens of thousands to the city on a yearly basis.
The London Bridge is also known to be home to a vast number of bats, which dwell in the nooks and crannies of its vacant interior. Also, the underside of the bridge is scattered with thousands of swallows who have also built their nests out of the mud pellets they collect from the Bridgewater Channel seashore.
The bridge’s popularity has a far-reaching effect as its name London Bridge is synonymous with a traditional nursery school rhyme titled London Bridge is Falling Down, which also makes reference to the collapse of the historical bridge.
An urban myth has it that a long time ago the bridge was purchased by an American industrialist, Robert P McCulloch, who shipped the bridge down to Arizona and rebuilt it brick by brick in Lake Havasu City as a tourist attraction, believing he had bought the much more iconic Tower Bridge. Nonetheless, this story is strongly disputed.