Saturday, December 09, 2006

Southwark Bridge - London

Southwark Bridge across the River Thames in London

This photo of the view of Southwark Bridge London is part of one of the panoramic images found on the Tour of London. There are over 100 images taken from around London linked to an interactive map.

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Southwark Bridge spans the River Thames in London linking the City of London with Southwark. The next bridge downstream is London Bridge (often confused with Tower Bridge), while upstream is the Millennium Bridge (for pedestrians only) and then Balckfriars Bridge.

There are many important sites close to Southwark Bridge, especially along the southern bank of the Thames. Proceed upriver and you will quickly pass the Rose Theatre Exhibition, the Globe Theatre and then the Tate Modern. Travel in the other direction and you will find the Clink Prison Museum, Golden Hind replica boat and then Southwark Cathedral. St. Paul’s Cathedral is not too far away on the northern side of the river. It is easy to spend most of the day here, and some of the attractions are free with the London Pass.

The first bridge crossing the Thames at this point was not built until 1819. It was an iron bridge designed by John Rennie (who also designed the Serpentine Bridge in Hyde Park), and featured in Charles Dickens' Little Dorrit.

The current Southwark Bridge opened in 1921 and is now maintained by the Bridge House Estates, which is a charitable trust overseen by the Corporation of London. Southwark Bridge is often used as a coach park at the weekends, and it can be hard to find a place to look up or down the Thames given the number of coaches that can be parked here.

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The nearest tube stations include Mansion House, London Bridge and Cannon Street.

The full panoramic image taken from the junction of Southwark Bridge can be found on the London tour by An enlargement of this photo can be found on Flickr. You can also find a marker for Southwark Bridge on Tagzania.

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