London Bridge, connecting The City of London to Southwark has had many incarnations as well as a long history. The latest bridge with the city’s namesake opened to traffic in 1973.
The current London Bridge, built between 1968 and 1972, replaced Rennie’s stone arches with beams of prestressed concrete reaching 340 feet (104 metres) in the central span. Construction was carried out using the cantilever method, with segments being built outward from two piers, each segment tied to the previous one by high-strength steel tendons. In the centre the two cantilevers did not meet but stopped short, leaving a space into which the builders placed a concrete beam to complete the span. The design represents a major post-World War II innovation in bridge engineering, but the bridge itself is not of great historical significance.
The modern London Bridge isn’t particularly photogenic, tho’ the views from the bridge are second only to Waterloo Bridge. From London Bridge, you’ll enjoy spectacular views of Tower Bridge, The City of London, Tower of London, HMS Belfast and London City Hall. Too, there is a nice sturdy ledge for you to steady your camera for the perfect shot. For the mentioned highlights, London Bridge is indeed one of the best places to photograph London.
Where Is London Bridge? How Do I get to London Bridge?
London Bridge GPS Coordinates :: 51.5079° N, 0.0877° W