Sunday, 13 October 2013

London Bridge

Dear Diary,

Today, it was raining all day long so it was the perfect one for me to study, take care of the house and of course spend some time updating my Diary. Well, on 19th September I took the underground and went to London Bridge. What a beautiful place guys! As I was coming out of the station, the Shard grasp my attention. What is the Shard? 

 The Shard, also referred as the Shard of glass or Shard London Bridge is an 87-storey skyscraper in London that forms part of the London Bridge Quarter development. The Shard's construction began in March 2009; it was topped out on 30 March 2012  and inaugurated on 5 July 2012.Practical completion was achieved in November 2012. Its privately operated observation deck, the View from the Shard, opened to the public on 1 February 2013. Standing approximately 306 metres (1,004 ft) high, the Shard is currently the tallest building in the European Union. It is the second-tallest free-standing structure in the United Kingdom, after the concrete tower at the Emley Moor transmitting station.  It was designed by the Italian architect Renzo Piano, and replaced Southwark Towers, a 24-storey office block built on the site in Southwark in 1975.

Another magnificent building is City Hall.City Hall is the headquarters of the Greater London Authority (GLA) which comprises the Mayor of London and the London Assembly. It is located in Southwark, on the south bank of the River Thames near Tower Bridge. It was designed by Norman Foster and opened in July 2002, two years after the Greater London Authority was created.


1.       London Bridge does not have towers. Tower Bridge does! (Tower Bridge is the famous one in all the photos.)
2.      There have been three London Bridges.
3.      The first London Bridge was built 1209-1831 It contained houses and shops.
4.      The second by John Rennie, built to replace the original, lasted until 1968, when it was sold to an American entrepreneur.
5.      The current London Bridge was opened in 1977
6.      Tower Bridge is the most recognisable bridge on the River Thames and is often mistakenly referred to as “London Bridge”.
7.      Tower Bridge has stood over the River Thames in London since 1894
8.     The total cost of construction was £1, 184,000.
9.      The bridge was officially opened on 30 June 1894 by The Prince of Wales (the future King Edward Vll) and his wife, The Princess of Wales.
10.  It takes 61 seconds to open Tower Bridge, which opens about 1,000 times a year.
11.   Tower Bridge is the only bridge over the Thames that can be raised as it is a combined bascule (drawbridge) and suspension bridge. This means that the middle section of the bridge can be raised to allow river traffic to pass through.

12.  The bridge was originally painted a chocolate brown colour. Then in 1977, it was painted red, white and blue for the Queen’s Silver Jubilee.

   That`s all for now,
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