Millennium Bridge was planned to be one of the highlights for the Millennium festivities. However, the start of the pedestrian bridge over the Thames was a bumpy one. You can read in this post why it is a popular bridge today and what makes it so special.

The Millennium Bridge – too wobbly at first…

Ok, it was a difficult start for the Millennium Bridge. Designed for the Millennium celebrations, it had to be closed shortly after the opening. Why? Because the visitors generated such vibrations that the bridge moved too much sideways and everyone was afraid that it might collapse. It was nicknamed “wobbly bridge” at that time.

… then came the Death Eaters

Harry Potter fans recognise the bridge from the movie “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”. There she is attacked and destroyed by the Death Eater.

Why the walk over the bridge is worth it

The vibrations have been eliminated since 2002. Today, the bridge is the perfect connection between the “City of London” and the “Borough of Southwark” on the other side of the Thames. A walk from St Paul’s Catheral to Tate Modern and the Globe Theatre has never been quicker. And the photos taken from the bridge are stunning, as are the views of Tate Modern and the new Switch House. You can even see Tower Bridge from here.

If you want to explore several London viewpoints in a short period of time, I recommend the roof terrace of One New Change (right next to St. Paul’s) and then over the bridge to Switch House (behind the Tate Modern). You will have experienced two different views of London within an hour.

Chewing Gum Art on the Millennium Bridge

The artist Ben Wilson transforms chewing gum flattened on the bridge into small works of art. If you’re lucky, you’ll see him live at work: choosing chewing gum, designing a motif in his head, sketching, colouring, hardening it – done. Ben is a really nice guy.
Have you crossed the Millennium Bridge yet? Have you seen Ben’s work?

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