The name of the bridge comes from when the bridge was opened, i.e. during the millennium year. After the opening, pedestrians crossing the bridge felt it swaying unexpectedly, earning it the nickname “Wobbly Bridge”, and the bridge was closed for two years to modify it to be more stable. Today, the bridge is a popular route as one of London’s landmarks and provides an excellent view towards both ends and the City of London.
The bridge design is a collaboration between Sir Norman Foster, Sir Anthony Caro, and the Arup Group. Due to height restrictions and the bridge’s ability to provide uninterrupted views of London, the bridge needed a minimalist design. The suspension cables had to be located below the deck level to accomplish this.
Cultural Significance and Appearances
The bridge has appeared in movies such as Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and The Guardians of the Galaxy. It is a popular place for photographers due to the design of the bridge and the views it provides.
How to Visit and Experience
The bridge can be visited at any time of the day. It can get crowded during the holiday season when the weather is nice.
When taking pictures of the bridge and the views, an essential factor to consider is the time of day to take them and plan the visit accordingly. There is a gorgeous view towards St. Paul’s Cathedral when it’s dark, and sunrise and sunset are great times for taking photos.
As mentioned, St. Paul’s Cathedral is on one end of the bridge, and Tate Modern is on the other. Next to Tate Modern, you’ll also find Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. The area has many restaurants and pubs for a nice lunch or dinner.