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Blackfriars Bridge, London

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Blackfriars Bridge is a road and foot traffic bridge over the River Thames in London, between Waterloo Bridge and Blackfriars Railway Bridge, carrying the A201 road. The north end is near the Inns of Court and Temple Church, along with Blackfriars station. The south end is near the Tate Modern art gallery and the Oxo Tower.
The first fixed crossing at Blackfriars was a 995ft long toll bridge designed in an Italianate style by Robert Mylne and constructed with nine semi-elliptical arches of Portland stone. Beating designs by John Gwynn and George Dance, it took nine years to build, opening to the public in 1769. It was the third bridge across the Thames in the then built-up area of London, supplementing the ancient London Bridge, which dated from several centuries earlier, and Westminster Bridge. It was originally named "William Pitt Bridge" (after the Prime Minister William Pitt the Elder) as a dedication, but its informal name relating to the precinct within the City named after the Blackfriars Monastery, a Dominican priory which once stood nearby, was generally adopted. It was later made toll free.
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  • In fact, there are two bridges with this name, because there is also the "Blackfriars Railway Bridge" next to it, which serves rail transport. Right next to it is the Millennium Bridge, a pedestrian-only bridge.
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  • A walk along the Thames is definitely one of London's greatest tourist attractions. In the area where the bridge is located you will find several fascinating places that are worth visiting. I especial...  more »
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  • Pretty good bridge. I like it when you exit out the south side moreso than when you exit out the north side. It's just obvious.
  • A great bridge to walk on, soak in the morning sun, feel the breeze on your face and enjoy the lovely views of St Paul's, London Eye, train crossing the bridge. Also, a plethora of options for food/drinks nearby.
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