Blackfriars Bridge Tours

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Blackfriars Bridge
One of Central London’s primary bridges, Blackfriars Bridge is both a busy thoroughfare and a historical monument. The landmark dates to the 19th century, was dedicated by Queen Victoria, and is distinctive for its red-and-white paint and pulpit-shaped pillars. You can cross Blackfriars Bridge either as a pedestrian or in a vehicle.

The Basics
Not to be confused with Blackfriars Railway Bridge to the east, Blackfriars Bridge is a major London bridge with history dating back centuries. Named for the Dominican monastery that once stood at its northern end, the bridge links the City of London with the South Bank. The original bridge was constructed in 1769 and demolished in 1860; today's version dates to 1869.

Admire the bridge's painted iron arches and its stone sculptures, which include pulpit-shaped pillars and carvings of swans and sea birds, as you walk or drive across, or from a Thames river cruise. The landmark also features on various walking tour itineraries of London, including lively pub crawls.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • As Blackfriars Bridge is 922 feet (281 meters) across; it takes only a few minutes to walk the landmark.
  • At the northern end of the bridge, look for a memorial statue of Queen Victoria.
  • Blackfriars Bridge is one of the many London bridges that cross the Thames.

How to Get There
Blackfriars Station is steps from Blackfriars Bridge and is served by the Central and District Underground lines, as well as Thameslink and Southeastern rail services. Blackfriars Pier is also nearby, for those traveling by boat. The bridge can additionally be reached on foot, by bike, or by car.

When to Get There
Blackfriars Bridge is open daily, except during rare special occasions (including New Year’s Eve and the Lord Mayor’s Show). Time your stroll with late afternoon or early evening to admire views of the London skyline lit up during the golden hour.

Moments in History and Popular Culture
Written about by Harold Pinter and Neil Gaiman and featured in films ranging from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix to The Avengers, Blackfriars Bridge has long held a place in popular culture. The landmark also has certain macabre associations due to the death of Roberto Calvi, an Italian banker who was murdered by the mafia and found hanging from the bridge in 1982.
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Small-Group Tour: Historical Pub Walking Tour of London

Experience London’s traditional drinking scene on this 3-hour afternoon pub crawl. Accompany your guide on a fun and educational tour in and around the city, where you’ll visit at least four historic pubs and taste different brews (own expense). Pop into centuries-old ale houses, see literary haunts favored by writers like Charles Dickens, and learn about local drinking culture through the ages.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Cutty Sark and Thames River Sightseeing Cruise in London

Combine admission to the British clipper ship ‘Cutty Sark’ with a sightseeing cruise on the River Thames. See major London landmarks with your 24-hour pass to the hop-on, hop-off river cruise, departing from four piers every 30 minutes. Then step aboard the world’s last surviving tea clipper for an awe-inspiring look at the fastest ship of the 19th century.
  • Duration: 1 day
  • Duration: 1 day
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London: Digital city tour with over 140 sights to see

Let technology lead the way and take a tour when you want with this self-guided tour of London the provides directions and commentary through your Smart Phone and right into your earbuds. Use the system without eating up any Smart Phone data and explore at your own pace while learning about London’s history, heritage, culture, traditions, and landmarks.
  • Duration: 1 to 72 hours
  • Duration: 1 to 72 hours
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