Bridges over The River Thames in London

Rivers Thames is known for the breath-taking views it offers, and many people throng the area to bask in the faint sunlight that stretches across the tranquil water of the river at dawn and dusk. However, an interesting fact about this 346 km long river is that it has over 20 tunnels and a huge number of 214 bridges working as threads to keep the city connected and accessible.

If you’re wondering which are those bridges, then this article is going to be a good source of information. We have listed down all the bridges that fall over the River Thames along with their photos and basic details.

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  • 1

    Tower Bridge


    This boasts of two overwhelming towers that are tied together by 2 walkways that are horizontal. The bridge was built over a period of 8 years and is in close proximity to the Tower of London and that’s where it takes its name from.

    Read more here.

    Bridges on River Thames in London
  • 2

    London Bridge


    Nestled between the Tower bridge and Cannon Street Railway bridge, the London Bridge is one of more popular bridges and is an icon of sorts, even featuring in a nursery rhyme.

    Read more here.


    Bridges on River Thames in London
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    Cannon Street Railway Bridge


    This bridge has had a happening history and was created back in 1866, with the latest renovation happening in the 1980s, giving it the utilitarian look that it has today. The bridge is also near where the Marchioness disaster took place (in which two boats collided in a tragic manner).

    Bridges on River Thames in London
  • 4

    Southwark Bridge


    Brainchild of Ernest George and Basil Mott who designed it, Southwark Bridge's construction was done by Sir William Arrol & Co. and the bridge was finally opened in 1921 after completion.

    Bridges on River Thames in London
  • 5

    Millennium Bridge


    Made specifically for pedestrians who wish to cross River Thames, the Millennium Brdige was finally opened in 2002 after a tumultuous phase of creation, when it was opened earlier but pedestrians complained that it wobbled.

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    Blackfriars Bridge


    There have been numerous renovations in this bridge's history, starting from 1769, when it was finally opened to the public after 9 years of construction. The bridge was initially 995 feet long, but when the whole structure was rebuilt, its length was decreased to 992 feet.

    Bridges on River Thames in London
  • 7

    Lambeth Bridge


    Lambeth is the bridge we see in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, when the knight bus has to pass through Leyland Titans. And it is also seen in the crime drama presented by BBC, called Walking the Dead, besides being shown in Blood Diamond.

    Bridges on River Thames in London
  • 8

    Westminster Bridge


    This bridge works as an accessibility point between the Westminster Palace and County Hall as well as the London Eye. The color of the bridge is green like the seats inside House of Commons.

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  • 9

    Waterloo Bridge


    This bridge provides exceptional views of the city of London (including the London eye, City of London and South Bank) that no other spot on ground level offers. The current structure that we see was built after demolishing the previously built bridge at the same spot.

    Bridges on River Thames in London
  • 10

    Vauxhall Bridge


    Having been built twice and construction of both bridges proved to be troublesome because they required numerous renovations and redesigns that were undertaken by different architects. It is worth mentioning that it took 8 years to complete the construction of the second bridge.

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    Chiswick Bridge


    This was one of the three bridges that were opened as part of a plan to reduce traffic congestion. Although it does not boast of the same grandeur that the other bridges do, it's simplistic design has its own charm.

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    You can read up on more bridges in London here.

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