Ever since I was a kid I remembered the lyrics to London Bridge is Falling Down. Well, I honestly don’t know the entire song, I really only remember the first verse: London Bridge is falling down, falling down, falling down. London Bridge is falling down, My fair lady. Even though the tune is about London Bridge falling to pieces, I expected the landmark to drop my jaw in London – but that didn’t happen.
The London Bridge is just another bridge. I was hoping to see something like the Golden Gate Bridge, but that wasn’t the case at all (it was far from it). My mom actually thought the Tower Bridge (the picturesque bridge on the east end of the river) was the London Bridge, so she was really disappointed as well. The London Bridge is as plain as they come. We were both expecting something more — much more.
Don’t get me wrong, the London Bridge serves its purpose by helping hundreds — if not thousands — of automobiles and people across the River Thames every single day. On top of that, the bridge has incredible history. According to Wikipedia, the first London Bridge was built by the Roman military around 55 AD. It was torn down and built up several times over the following centuries. Then came the old (medieval) London Bridge in 1176, which was replaced by the new London Bridge in 1824 (now located in Lake Havasu City, Arizona), which was then replaced by the current/modern London Bridge in 1973. It’s pretty unbelievable to read how much has happened on or around the London Bridge over the centuries.
With all that said, you would think the London Bridge would be deserving of a grand design, but again, that’s not the case. It’s actually pretty easy to miss if you’re not paying attention (I had to check my map a few different times to make sure I was looking at the right bridge). It’s very plain, but the London Bridge is still worth taking a look at (especially when you think of all the history there) — just don’t expect it to blow you away (you’ll get that from the Tower Bridge or Millennium Bridge (pedestrian bridge to the west) instead).
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