London is a city that can really change you, and bring out something that you never knew you had. It's a paradox: a multicultural city, unconventional and young, but also the home of the oldest institution in the country, the royal family. It's a great city because it has opened its doors to everyone ... tourists, students and professionals all rub shoulders here, and the different cultures have brought new ideas, new lifestyles, and new foods to the capital. The British capital is a young city for young people, with rhythms of life that only extremely strong hearts can bear. London also offers immense museums (most with free admission), endless shopping in Regent Street and Oxford Street, and huge parks such as Hyde Park.
The Millennium Bridge opened in 2000 as part of an infrastructure project to commemorate the new millennium. It was designed by famed British architect Norman Foster and extends from the Tate Modern Art Museum to St Paul's Cathedral across the Thames. I recommend that you visit it at night because the lighting is spectacular and along with St Paul's is one of the most spectacular views of the city.
Dodging tourists, I could really feel the magic of this bridge. By day, you can walk around and buy souvenirs, such as a replica of Big Ben. At night, you can enjoy the yellow lights and "London Eye" (The wheel). In any case, a must for those who love photography.
Golden Jubilee Bridge crosses the River Thames near the London Eye, from the Victoria Embankment Garden to the Jubilee Gardens. This bridge has one of the best views of London on the Thames - to the right Parliament with Big Ben in the foreground, to left the London Eye. Of course this should not be missed!
Also known as the Leeds Bridge, this is one of the most important ways that you can get from one side of the river in the city to the other. It is also a place with a long history. The current bridge, which is made of iron, dates from they year 1730 and has an interesting history, as it was the place chosen to record one of the first shots in the history of modern cinema. It crosses down from the center of Leeds towards the Royal Armories Museum, which is located just across the river. The truth is that it is one of those places where you feel you are almost forced to stop and take a look. The houses in the surrounding area are really beautiful.
One of the key accesses to Sunderland city center and attractions in the area, which is also the oldest in the city, including the beaches and promenade. One of the most symbolic buildings of a glorious past that reached its peak with the Industrial Revolution in Victorian England. It is built and renovated in wrought iron and has a shield bearing the city arms in the center of each one side, overlooking the sea and the almost defunct shipyards, however quite showy.
The Maritime bBridge is one of the works executed in the Merseyside region to restructure the coast in the town of Southport. The bridge was opened in May 2004, being used for both cars and pedestrians, thus uniting Southport beach with places in the nearby the town (places such as Lord Street or Ocean Plaza Mall). This mulitmillion pound work measures 56 meters long holding, built over the water. The coast of Southport is very curious, because the bridge connects two parts of the town separated only byin a lake (Marine Lake), which is a lovely when spring flowers bloom in the surrounding botanical gardens . It is a lovely walk in the warm seasons, becuase in autumn and winter is it common to see the lake frozen and bare trees. An essential place to discover the beauty of Southport. Here is a video from the air of the maritime area: http://vimeo.com/5259460
London's Blackfriars Bridge crosses the Thames river at the street that bears the same name. It's quite close to the Tate Modern. It is a railway bridge whose design is not quite as dramatic as of that of the Millennium Bridge, and does not have the fame of the London Bridge, but it's views of St. Paul's Cathedral in the background make this place one of the most recognisable places in the English capital.
Battersea Bridge is one of many that cross the River Thames. To the south is the area of Battersea, with the huge power station, and to the north is Chelsea. Opened in 1770, the bridge has had some problems during its long history. In 2005 it was seriously damaged after being hit by a boat, and it was closed for several months. In front of it is a much more modern bridge which stands in contrast to its classic style. The nearest tube stations are West Brompton and Fulham Broadway, and at night, you'll find plenty of little bars around the area, making it a nice place to stop for a drink.
Lambeth Bridge was opened on July 19, 1932 by King George V. The bridge is a bright red color, almost the same as the leather benches in the House of Lords (nearby Westminster Bridge is green, the color of the House of Commons). The obelisks at each end are topped with carved pineapples. This bridge was used in the film Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in a scene where the Knight Bus passes between two trucks.
As newcomers to London we decided to go to the London Eye and as we were relatively close we crossed Waterloo Bridge. We chose this bridge as it was near to our hotel but it was an excellent viewpoint. On the right, Parliament and Big Ben facing the London Eye. On the left, the modern buildings of the financial district and the South Bank contrasting with St Paul's dome.