Having been a staple of London for so long, it's no surprise that the bridge has had its fair share of incidents. One such incident occurred on 7th September 1978, where Bulgarian dissident, Georgi Markov, was assassinated by Bulgarian secret police, possibly assisted by the Soviet’s KGB. The methods of the act were as though pulled straight from a James Bond film. A pellet containing ricin (a deadly poison extracted from beans) was fired into Georgi via an umbrella. You heard that right, an umbrella. Maybe Q should take some notes.
Waterloo Bridge London Private Guided Tours
Waterloo Bridge can be found in London, crossing the River Thames, between Blackfriars Bridge and Hungerford Bridge. Its name is taken from the Battle of Waterloo, where British, Dutch, and Prussian troops defeated Napoleon’s army. The bridge has both a road, and a foot traffic section, allowing for pedestrians to have some of the best views of London from ground level. Westminster, the South Bank, Canary Wharf, and the London Eye are all visible from here, but be sure to arrive early–the location attracts a lot of tourists. Not to say there isn’t a lot of space; the bridge’s length runs for 370 metres (1200 feet). That’s about two thirds the Washington Moment’s height.
The site’s location has actually been home to other bridges over London’s history. The first bridge (1817-1930), was originally called the ‘Strand Bridge’. Homage was paid to the bridge by poet Thomas Hood in 1844, where he titled the bridge ‘The Bridge of Sighs’, referencing the suicide of a prostitute here. Famous artists, from Claude Monet to John Constable, painted the bridge. The second bridge (1942-current) holds the record for being the only Thames bridge successfully damaged by German bombers. Maybe having the grand opening during wartime wasn’t the best idea.
When travelling to London, Waterloo bridge is a must visit.
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