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London’s lost bridge across the Thames at Blackwall
London’s lost bridge across the Thames at Blackwall

For nearly 1,700 years, the only bridge across the Thames was the famous London bridge, until Putney Bridge was constructed in 1726. Yet London very nearly had another bridge crossing the Thames, which may have been in fact constructed, at least in part before being abandoned.

Old and modern photos of London Bridges – blended
Old and modern photos of London Bridges – blended

The Museum of London Docklands has released some hybrid photographs showing ‘then and now’ views of London and its most iconic bridges across the ages.

Memorial sound to echo down the Thames
Memorial sound to echo down the Thames

An eerie sound may be heard along the Thames later this month, as all ships jointly sound their horns in mourning.

Walking through a Tunnel under the Thames — Part 1
Walking through a Tunnel under the Thames — Part 1

Earlier today, people queued up outside Rotherhithe Station for a rare chance to walk through a railway tunnel under the Thames. Yet next to them ran another tunnel, also under the Thames and also equally rarely walked through.

Rare photograph of London in 1845 gets first ever public display
Rare photograph of London in 1845 gets first ever public display

A new exhibition opens next month at the Museum of London Docklands that offers a chance to see a rare photograph of a long lost bridge over the Thames.

Fantasy Architecture – Recreating the Frost Fairs
Fantasy Architecture – Recreating the Frost Fairs

The last frost fair took place 200 years ago about nowish — if you ignore the recent frost fairs on the southbank, which involved neither frost, nor very much fair to be frank.

Why is the Thames Super Sewer subject to a National Security Notice?
Why is the Thames Super Sewer subject to a National Security Notice?

This’ll spark the conspiracy theories — as it turns out that part of the planned “super sewer” under the River Thames could be subject to an issue affecting National Security.

My alternative to the planned Thames Garden Bridge
My alternative to the planned Thames Garden Bridge

There are plans, as I am sure you are aware for a pedestrian bridge across the Thames in the centre of the city, to be decked out in all sorts of greenery which is aimed to make it look terribly nice and pleasing.

Paintings and drawings of the Thames in the 1860s
Paintings and drawings of the Thames in the 1860s

Just over 110 years ago, an American artist living in London died. London has never really forgiven this insult to its character so it has taken 110 years for a major exhibition of his work to go on display.

The London River Park is dead
The London River Park is dead

OK, the London River Park has been dead for some considerable time, but some point over the past few days, the website joined its architectural vision and has finally given up trying to promote the project.

Estuary at the Docklands Museum
Estuary at the Docklands Museum

An exhibition has opened in a museum, that is being advertised by bright garish black on yellow posters around London. It’s an exhibition about a landscape that is usually devoid of bright garish colours.

Flying boat to fly over Tower Bridge
Flying boat to fly over Tower Bridge

An exceptionally rare sight — as the UK’s only air-worthy heritage flying boat will fly along the Thames next week, and over Tower Bridge.

Unbuilt London: The railway in the middle of the Thames
Unbuilt London: The railway in the middle of the Thames

Imagine if you will, a city straining to cope with a growing population and a transport network barely able to keep up. Lots of plans are submitted for new railway schemes to deal with the bottleneck, but all have one major downside — the destruction of vast swathes of housing and factories.

Canoeing Along the Thames in the Dark
Canoeing Along the Thames in the Dark

Dotted along the Thames are a number of rowing clubs for those of a watery inclination, but while they are perfect for regular rowers and wannabe regular rowers, it seems there is a limited opportunity for people who want a one-off chance to paddle along the river.

Photos – Fireworks by Parliament
Photos – Fireworks by Parliament

Last night, as anyone who subscribes to my weekly newsletter would have known, a firework display took place by the Millbank Tower in Westminster. Not knowing if this would be a tiddly display on a barge, or a gigantic display

Unbuilt London: Victorian Railway Stations that Tried to Span the Thames
Unbuilt London: Victorian Railway Stations that Tried to Span the Thames

Blackfriars railway station has recently become the first station to span right across the River Thames, with entrances on both sides of the river – but it wasn’t the first time that someone tried to put a railway bridge across

The moment that I was allowed to open Tower Bridge
The moment that I was allowed to open Tower Bridge

Yesterday, thanks to an offer from the City of London, I had a chance to do something really quite special – I was allowed to open Tower Bridge to let a cruise ship pass through. After the offer to open

On the river during the Jubilee Pageant
On the river during the Jubilee Pageant

I live next to the river and walk along it often enough that I have never taken a trip in the many tourist boats that ply the Thames, and frankly, thought I never would. Until I was offered a trip

Helicopter to fly through Tower Bridge
Helicopter to fly through Tower Bridge

One of those routine Port of London Authority notices that makes you sigh, open to see what it is then sit up and type WHAT is very loud letters. Such moments are why I subscribe to them – for those

Olympic sized security exercises on the Thames next month
Olympic sized security exercises on the Thames next month

A notice for mariners to look out for high speed boats whizzing up and down the river, and a very big Royal Navy ship has been distributed.

New lifts at Greenwich foot tunnel – impress and depress at once
New lifts at Greenwich foot tunnel – impress and depress at once

For the past year or so, the foot tunnel that runs under the Thames between the Isle of Dog and Greenwich has had the lifts out of action, and the staircase covered up in so much cladding that it is

Boris Bike stand maps ignoring the River Thames
Boris Bike stand maps ignoring the River Thames

The Boris Bikes are coming to the Isle of Dogs and in doing so, showing up the fallacy of using walking/cycling distance indicators that ignore the Thames. In central London, where bridges are plentiful, then the river is hardly a

The Northern Line tunnel – bombed and flooded in 1940 – and still sealed shut
The Northern Line tunnel – bombed and flooded in 1940 – and still sealed shut

Just before midnight on the 9th September 1940, sailors up on deck of the cargo sailing ship, Seven Seas were watching an air raid by German bombers over the Charing Cross railway bridge when an explosion hit the river and

The Waverley is in trouble
The Waverley is in trouble

Ever since I moved to a flat next to the river, my summer evenings have been enlivened by the sight of a rather pretty boat chugging past the flat at night, with a distinctive paddle-steamer sound and decoratively lit for