The London Bridge Is Standing Strong

Yeah, as the corny title suggests The London bridge is still standing. Really makes you think twice about that nursery rhyme. The one that claims this bridge is falling down. Either way, I had to see it for myself while I was here.

The view outside of the tube station photo courtesy of Hugo Morel

I got off at the monument station. I was surprised by how the weather changed so quickly. I was warned by my host that it can rain here out of nowhere. However, I thought they were exaggerating. Here I am with only a small umbrella. At that moment, I was reminded of that Rihanna song. It kept playing in my head, while I walked blissfully.

A photo of the monument photo courtesy of Hugo Morel

As I was walking to the Bridge, I met some friendly locals. They told me which side to get a better view of the bridge. Also, to make sure I check this monument out. This was built to remember the great fire of London. I heard about it as a kid from history books.  For those who don’t know, the fire destroyed about 90% of the homes in London. Leaving about 70,000 people without a home. This was during the time when London only had around 80,000 people. It’s hard to imagine how people must have felt like after losing their homes. This is truly a city that has rebuilt itself from ashes to great heights. It should be nicked as the phoenix city.

A beautiful view from the London bridge photo courtesy of Hugo Morel

Finally got on the bridge and I was surprised to see the view.  The grey clouds with a view of London’s downtown, I felt like I was in a harry potter movie. I read that London averages about 1600 hours of sunlight yearly. No wonder why my British friends love going to the Caribbean.

A view of the London bridge tower photo courtesy of Hugo Morel

I walked further down the bridge and I saw the tallest building in all of the UK. It is sometimes called the London Bridge Tower.  This is the sixth-largest building in Europe. I can see why the friendly people I asked earlier told me to walk on this side of the bridge. It truly looked beautiful up close. The picture doesn’t really do it justice. The grey clouds mixed with the color of the building’s windows looked awesome to me. Truly enjoyed my time on this bridge that is clearly standing tall and strong.

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  1. I’d heard that London was gray a lot.

    Actually, the London Bridge, was built in the 1830s and formerly spanned the River Thames in London, England. It was dismantled in 1967 and relocated to Arizona. It now sits over water in Lake Havasu, AZ, a planned city. The owner of it created the city, won the bridge an auction and spent millions having it moved to AZ.

    1. In my own experience, we had one partly sunny morning out of the five weeks I visited. The remainder dull, drab and grey. The sky is just a broomstick away.

  2. The nursery rhyme refers to the London Bridge that predated the London Bridge that was sold and moved to Arizona. There are lots of theories about the rhyme but the one I like is that the lady mentioned in it refers to Eleanor of Provence who was consort to Henry III. She was given custody of the bridge and the money to maintain it but spent the money on herself. She was attacked with eggs and stones at London Bridge by discontented citizens.

  3. I really like the picture of the Shard from the London Bridge, expecially because that building is sort of an “italian pride” being signed by the Archistar Renzo Piano. He is also good at bridges, by the way. .)

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