London Bridge is always busy, it is one of the main arteries through modern London. This panorama shows the surrounding area, but as the bridge is so wide only the panoramic view towards Tower Bridge shows more than just the road. Not the prettiest panorama from London, but an important one historically as London Bridge has existed in one form of another for about 2000 years.
London Bridge - London visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'London Bridge' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Greater London.
London Bridge crosses the River Thames in London between Tower Bridge and Cannon Street Railway Bridge. It links the City of London on the north bank of the Thames with Southwark on the south and forms the west border of the Pool of London. To the left of Tower Bridge is the Tower of London, and to the right is the GLA City Hall, the More London development and Hays Galleria. Nearby on the Thames is HMS Belfast, a floating museum. In the foreground on the south bank are the buildings Price Water Cooper house, the world famous accounting and consultancy firm, and the Cotton Centre.
Just to the west of London Bridge on the south bank is Southwark Cathedral. The next road bridge upriver is Southwark Bridge. The Monument to the Fire of London stands on the north side of London Bridge, from the top of which you get a great panoramic view of the London skyline.
Being one of the prime entry points to London from Southwark, this unfortunate community sometimes came under attack from various armies. The houses on London Bridge were set alight during both the Wat Tyler's Peasants' Revolt in 1381 and Jack Cade's rebellion of 1450. Fire was not only caused by war, in 1212 fires broke out on both ends of London Bridge at the same time, trapping and killing up to 3000 people living there at the time. Another fire swept the bridge in 1633, destroying the northern end. This protected the rest of the bridge from the Great Fire of 1666.
By the 18C, after 600 years, the old London Bridge has run it's course. It was narrow, congested and was pulled down. The next bridge opened in 1831. This lasted much less time than the old bridge, and replaced by a new bridge which opened in 1973. The 18C bridge was brought by an American, dismantled and shipped to Lake Havasu City in Arizona where it was rebuilt and now is the second most popular tourist attraction in the area after the Grand Canyon.
Tube: London Bridge (Jubilee, Northern lines), Monument (Circle, District lines)
Train: London Bridge