Hungerford Footbridge, London

If you want a lovely stroll around the River Thames, but would like to avoid the huge crowds at London Bridge, Millennium Bridge etc, then I recommend using the Hungerford Footbridge. There are some great views of London to be seen, and some excellent musicians to listen to as you cross.

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The Hungerford Footbridge (also sometimes called Charing Cross Bridge) crosses the River Thames in Central London between Charing Cross station on one side and Royal Festival Hall at Southbank on the other, in between Westminster and Waterloo Bridges. You can read more about the history of this footbridge here.

Photos showing the view from the bridge

What I liked most about the bridge was that it was less busy than many of the others, with it being just for people and not traffic. We were there at a very busy time but even then there were not a lot of pedestrians using the bridge either. It is also in a great position if you are trying to get to the Southbank as I was that day. On this bridge I encountered lots of top quality musicians. I first saw a man playing a steel pan, who was fab, then a European 8 man band featuring an accordion, but by far and away my favourite act, was this musical four-piece band singing country sounding songs and an array of string instruments.

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Also the bridge itself looks nice, it almost looks like a suspension bridge (though I am no architect so not too sure why I think this really) as you can see from the photos below.

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If you want to get across the Thames, avoiding the crowds/traffic and seeing top quality music then I recommend you take the Hungerford Footbridge for a change, you won’t be disappointed.

written by kneehigh85 on 2011-11-08 in #world #locations

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