by Gabriel Perez
Picture of London Bridge (above)
London bridge is a magnificent sight that will take your breath away. It is located in London, United Kingdom. The bridge has many awesome features including the walkways, the glass floors, and many more.
Partys, Walkways, and Glass floors
The London Bridge has incredible walkways with glass floors. As you look at the ground beneath you will feel like you are actually floating in mid-air!You can also have party's, weddings, and other special occasions.
Some history and fun facts
The bridge was created 120 years ago to ease road traffic. There is also the raising of the bridge to witness if you’re a tourist there. It raises about 850 times a year.Before 1776 the only way to cross the Thames river was by a wooden bridge or by a ferry. It is one of many bridges across the Thames river in London,England.
- Tower Bridge is 244 meters (800 feet) long, covered in 22,000 liters (5,812 gal) of paint and crossed by 40,000 people each day. Whilst generally considered a feat of engineering, in 1909 The Times said: “It looks like a monstrous Gothic toy that ought to be one of the side-shows of an exhibition.
- ”McCullogh Oil Company in the U.S.A bought London Bridge for £ 1m in 1971 as a tourist attraction for the new Lake Havasu City in Arizona. The story that the Americans thought they were buying Tower Bridge is an urban myth, as they had seen plans and drawings
- The foundation stone was laid on 23 March 1815 with an inscription stating “The work was commenced at the glorious termination of the longest and most expensive war in which the nation has ever been engaged”. This was premature, as the Battle of Waterloo was only several weeks away.
- The bridge opened to the public on 10 June 2000, but it had a wobbling problem, caused by the numbers of people crossing the bridge at one time. The wobble has been fixed now but “the wobbly bridge” nickname endures.
- In 1982, Roberto Calvi, Chairman of the Vatican’s Bank, was found hanging from the bridge. His death remains a mystery. Calvi was embroiled in a series of financial scandals and a member of the “Propaganda Due” (or P2) Masonic lodge that brought down the Italian government in 1981. Members of P2 referred to themselves as “Fratineri” or Black Friars.
The bridge also won awards. There was TripAdvisor 2014 Certificate of Excellence, the Best Unusual Venue' at the 2012 Event:UK Awards, and the Event Space of the Year’ at the 2011 Event Magazine Awards.
Come on down now
So come on down and visit the London bridge now! I have to warn you, you will be as suprised as if its your birthday if you see it in person.(The London Bridge is a great place to visit for your birthday also.