It would be rude to let the reason for the season pass, without saying a few word...
Hear is to the British institute that is Her Royal Highness the Queen.
10 years on and we celebrate your Diamond Jubilee and it is with great pride and pleasure, that we do so.
London awash with union jacks, proclaiming unity amongst not only the British isles, but also the commonwealth countries across the world.
Long may she reign.
Thank you London.
God save the Queen.
Since living in London, I have been a fan of Hungerford Bridge, which connects Charing Cross train station on the north bank of the river to the southern bank.
Hungerford Bridge is a steel truss bridge carrying trains and there used to be a narrow pedestrian walkway on the bridge itself, which you could use to cross the river - it was fun to traverse the Thames with the vibration and shuddering of the bridge from trains passing just a few metres away.
In 2002, two new 4m wide cable-stayed walkways were added on either side of Hungerford Bridge and named Golden Jubilee Bridges, in honour of the fiftieth anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II's accession.
Construction was complicated by the need to keep the railway bridge operating. There was also the problem of the Bakerloo Line tunnels passing only a few feet under the river bed as well as the potential danger of unexploded World War 2 bombs in the Thames mud!
You can admire the engineering involved by looking at how the new bridges are connected to Hungerford Bridge by clever arrays of beams and cables.
Located between Westminster and Waterloo Bridges, you can get some of the best views of London from either bridge. The western bridge gives views of the Houses of Parliament, The London Eye and the old County Hall. The eastern bridge gives views of the Royal Festival Hall and the south bank. There are useful 3D maps in the middle of both bridges giving a pictorial explanantion of all the buildings you can see.
I do miss the thrill of crossing the old Hungerford Bridge but the Golden Jubilee Bridges are worth a crossing for the views
Happy Diamond Jubilee, Your Maj!
What an apt day to review one of my favourite London bridges. Hungerford Bridge is a beautiful bridge to cross due to the fabulous views of the most fabulous city in the world. That's my home - London!
Tourists, come and wander across this bridge and enjoy the views during your visit and locals, come and appreciate the amazing city you should feel honoured to live in.
There is no place like London.
The Thames has always fascinated me and I love walking its banks all over London. At 16 some friends and I even held a Viking funeral for a plastic teddy (he drowned in a pint) by Cleopatras Needle. I LOVE the Embankment especially on a warn summers evening but it took my father to point out the street furniture first to me.
Street furniture is (often decorated) lamposts, benches etc.
One of the commonest forms of street furniture designed to help control traffic were bollards, in use from the eighteenth century to prevent the encroachment of vehicles onto the pavement, to protect the sides of entrances, and to bar traffic or deter parking. Early examples were of wood, in due course replaced by iron, including redundant cannon (e.g. Cannon Row, Hampstead, London Borough of Camden)
All along the embankment, the excellent lampstands, with their dolphins, designed by G. Vulliamy, and modelled by C. H. Mabey. Also the benches, with their single-legged busty sphinxes, which again go all the way along, but right at the end turn to camels. Plus the streetlamps I have great affection for. Go and look! It's free!
cross the Embankment Bridge every so often when going to the Royal Festival Hall, and no matter how often I go, I never fail to have my breath taken away by the view. From the middle you can see most of London's famous skyline and even to a cynic like me, it is truly a beautiful view. It looks different everyday, depending on the time, the weather, or simply your mood. Try going on a foggy winter's day as well as a clear summer evening. You will not regret it.
These two bridges run either side of the Hungerford railway bridge, where the trains pull out of Charing Cross station. They replaced the Hungerford footbridge although many people still refer to them by that name. Although they are fine attractive bridges, it's where they go and the views as you cross that make them interesting. They connect the West End to the South Bank and you get a great overview of the South Bank as you cross. Looking down the river you can see St Pauls and other London landmarks. The bridge on the other side is a good place to take photos of the London Eye and you can see up the river towards Big Ben and Westminster.
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