Millennium Bridge

London's Millennium Bridge (aka 'the Wobbly Bridge’) is the newest bridge over the River Thames and the first new bridge for over a century. It is a great spot for seeing the river and the architecture on both banks; with the Tate Modern at one end and St Paul's at the other, it's a must-see spot and a really cool pedestrian route that links different parts of London in style.

Photo by Michael Garnett

The original design was created by a sculptor as well as a team of engineers and architects, and it was called the ‘blade of light’. It’s well over 300 metres long and the deck is four metres wide.

Photo by Mariano Mantel

Its full name is officially the ‘London Millennium Footbridge,’ but is known by Londoners as the Wobbly Bridge. That's because when it was first opened in June 2000 the movement of people walking over it caused alarming oscillating vibrations that got stronger and stronger. There were around 2000 people crossing at any moment when it was opened, and the rhythmic swaying made many people grab for the railings. It was closed two days later, given hydraulic dampening struts at either end (if you stand underneath at either end you can see them moving slightly) and reopened in early 2002... so it actually had two official openings.

Did you know? If you happen to be in the middle of the bridge when St Paul’s chimes on the hour you’ll hear the echo reflecting off the Tate Modern’s walls between each chime.