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Focus on Blackfriars Bridge

Spanning across the River Thames, and located between Waterloo Bridge and Blackfriars Railway Bridge, this road and foot traffic bridge, known as Blackfriars Bridge carries the A201 road. The bridge spans from its north end near the Inns of Court and Temple Church, along with Blackfriars station, to its south end which is near the Tate Modern art gallery and the Oxo Tower. The piers of the bridge are adorned by stone carvings of water birds created by sculptor John Birnie Philip. However, the carvings on the side closer to the Thames Estuary and North Sea which is on the East (downstream) side depict marine life and seabirds. You can see freshwater birds that signify the role of Blackfriars as the tidal turning point, on the West (upstream) side.

The construction of Blackfriars Bridge, London SE1 9UD, UK, which has a length of 281 metres started in 1780 and it opened in 1869. At the north end of the bridge there is Temperance, which is a statue atop a drinking water fountain, while on the north side of the bridge there is a statue of Queen Victoria. The ends of the bridge are shaped like a pupil in a reference to Black Friars. The red pillars in the Thames between Blackfriars Road Bridge and Blackfriars Railway bridge formed part of the original railway bridge that was built in 1864 at this point to facilitate the extension of the London Chatham Dover Railway across the Thames to what was then St Paul’s station.

Prior to the present-day main Blackfriars station, the railway station on the southern bank was known as Blackfriars Bridge railway station, taking on the name of the bridge. It opened in 1864 and closed for passengers in 1885 when the current station opened. However, the earlier bridge continued as a goods stop until 1964 when it was fully demolished giving way to construction of offices. The River Fleet structure was given Grade II listed status in 1972 and it empties into the Thames under the north end of Blackfriars Bridge.

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The nearest Underground stations are Southwark Tube station which is 6 minutes from Blackfriars Bridge; Waterloo Tube station which is 10 minutes away; and Borough Tube station which is 13 minutes away. The nearest Mainline stations are Waterloo Railway station which is 10 minutes away; Waterloo East Railway Station which is also 10 minutes away; and London Bridge Railway station which is 16 minutes away. The nearest Dockland Light Railways are Deptford Bridge which is 4.28 miles away; Greenwich which is 4.43 miles away; and Cutty Sark for Maritime Greenwich which is 4.46miles away. The nearest airport to Blackfriars Bridge is London City Airport which is 11 km away.

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The area around Blackfriars Bridge is lively and happening and there is a lot that you can do here. The various options include the following: Have a drink at Black Friar on Queen Victoria Street; visit the Millennium Bridge of Peters Hill; Visit Tate Modern Gallery at Bankside; visit St Bride’s on Fleet Street; visit St Paul’s Cathedral at St Pau’s Churchyard; enjoy a play or musical at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre at New Globe Walk; visit Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese on Fleet Street; enjoy delicious food at The Swan at Bayswater road; pray at the Temple Church on The Temple; visit Voyage on Fulham Road; visit Old Bailey on Newgate Street; visit Dr Johnson’s House at Gough Square; go to One New Change at 1 New Change;  have some food and drinks at Corney & Barrow at  Kensington Park Road; visit the Royal Courts of Justice at the Strand; visit St Clement Danes and Chapter One; see a play at Young Vic at The Cut; see a cinema at Bfi Southbank on Belvedere Road; visit Victoria Embankment; or see the British Film Institute Imax cinema.

Blackfriars Bridge is located in the heart of the city close to most attractions. Some of the main attractions include One Blackfriars (one minute away); Bankside Gallery (three minutes walk away), Oxo Tower Wharf (3 minutes walk away); The Wapping Project Bankside ( three minutes away); Tate Modern (4 minutes away); Tate Modern: The Tanks (4 minutes away); Gabriel’s Wharf (5 minutes walk away); Contemporary Applied Arts (6 minutes away); Middle Temple Hall (7 minutes walk away); Two Temple Place (8 minutes walk away); Temple Church (8 minutes away); St Paul’s Cathedral (9 minutes away); The Hayward Gallery (9 minutes away); Alma Enterprises (10 minutes walk away); Flat Iron Square (10 minutes away); New Street Square (10 minutes away); The Poetry Library (11 minutes walk away); Somerset House: Embankment Galleries (11minutes away); The Courtauld Institute of Art (11minutes away); South Bank (11 minutes away); Golden Hinde (11 minutes away); The Clink Prison Museum (11 minutes away); Hunterian Museum(13 minutes walk away); Southwark Cathedral (13 minutes away); St Stephen Walbrook (14 minutes away): London Eye (14 minutes walk away); London Dungeon (14 minutes away); St George’s Cathedral (14 minutes away) and many more.

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