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London calling to the faraway towns: Our Bridges of London Run

Almost 9 million inhabitants, spread over 8382 km² and 33 boroughs, numerous world-famous sights, museums, theatres, churches, restaurants, bars and one of the most famous royal houses: London has a lot to offer! With around 19 million tourists per year, London is one of the top 3 most visited cities in the world and you can be one of them from 08-10 October. But you won't just be impressed by the sights, you'll have your own challenge by exploring London's many magnificent bridges on our Bridges of London Run! 

London: An old lady still young at heart

London's cityscape is adorned with both ultra-modern skyscrapers and historic buildings that hint at the city's true age. As early as 50 AD, the Romans moved to the island and founded the settlement of "Londinium". In the course of time, the Romans lost their rule to the Normans, who made London the capital of the English kingdom and the headquarters of the royal house. Due to its central harbour location on the North Sea, London quickly became one of the most important trading cities in Europe.

Many inhabitants, little space

The Industrialisation in the 18th century gave London another boost and it gained in importance once again. The population grew rapidly, and because of the limited space, many narrow, sometimes winding houses and flats were built, which still adorn the cityscape today with their brick walls and imaginative extensions. Around 1800, London was one of the first cities to break the 1 million population mark, and by 1925 it held the title of "Largest City in the World." Today it is still one of the most important metropolises in the world and a centre for art, culture, media and industry. 

The Thames as an artery of life

It is 346km long and connects London with the North Sea: the Thames. It originates in southern England and divides London into a city with two banks. There are numerous ways to cross the river, such as subway tunnels that run underneath it, boats and ships, or you can take one of the 35 bridges that take you across the river dry-footed. However, these are usually not simple structures that only serve a practical purpose, but magnificent constructions that impress with their appearance and architecture.

From East to West: The Bridge Guide for your Bridges of London Run

35 bridges cross the Thames in London, you want to cross both modern and historic bridges on your run? No problem, we have the perfect run route for you and introduce you to the most famous bridges!

 

Tower Bridge

We start in East London, with one of the most magnificent bridges, which is also one of the city's landmarks: Tower Bridge. It is named after the Tower of London, which is located directly behind it, and its two towers rising into the sky. The bridge in the neo-Gothic architectural style has a special feature: it is a combination of suspension and drawbridge. While it normally serves as a crossing for pedestrians and cars, the main bridge can be opened upwards for the passage of large ships. A real spectacle that you should not miss. As a pedestrian, or jogger, the pedestrian crossing above the carriageway takes you through the two Tower Bridge towers and offers views of the city on one bank and the Tower of London on the other.

London Bridge

As you make your way further west on your route, you'll come right up to London Bridge. This bridge has a colourful history. The original bridge had become too small and was dismantled by an American investor and partially rebuilt as a new bridge in Arizona. Parts of the old bridge were incorporated into the new one, which houses the London Bridge Experience, a kind of chamber of horrors in which parts of London's history are presented and acted out.

Millennium Bridge

On to a modern bridge! With the arrival of the new millennium, the Millennium Bridge was inaugurated in 2000. It has a modern design, but had to be closed again just two days after the opening in order to renovate it. This was due to strong fluctuations, which earned it the nickname Wobbly Bridge. In 2002 it was reopened and since then, still with noticeable fluctuations, it brings tourists and locals to the shore of St. Paul's Cathedral. So when you cross this bridge, it's not necessarily due to your tired legs if everything feels a bit wobbly!

Westminster Bridge

Past Blackfriars Bridge, Waterloo Bridge (London's longest bridge) and Hungerford Bridge, the next highlight awaits you, Westminster Bridge. The bridge construction itself may seem less spectacular, but real London highlights await you here: You can see the tower of Big Ben, the London Eye Ferris wheel and the Houses of Parliament from afar as you walk towards the bridge. This bridge is probably the most photographed in London and a worthy finale to your run!

After your run across the bridges of London, don't miss the opportunity to toast your successful run in a pub and order a good portion of fish and chips. This way you won't just get your medal, but a complete London experience!

 

Oct 8th - 10th 2021 - Bridges of London Run

London is the city of historic bridges. We want to build bridges that connect. Join us and run the 5km/3.1 mi, 10km/6.2 mi, half-marathon, or the full marathon. 

Run the Bridges of London, show your fitness, and get to know new people in our online community!

Sign up now, because the places in this coveted run are quickly taken!

 

 

Pictures 1-4: Julia Arnold
Pic 5: Dorin Seremet via Unsplash
Pic 6: Paddy Kumar via Unsplash
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