Westminster Bridge
Westminster Bridge
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  • TravelingSoccerLoon
    Saint Paul, Minnesota3,188 contributions
    Many Tourists but Great Views
    A walk across Westminster Bridge provides great views of the Thames and of Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. However it is usually packed with tourists. Probably more enjoyable in the early morning or at night. From here you can catch a Thames river cruise down to the Tower of London
    Visited September 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 February 2023
  • HINA W
    Islamabad, Pakistan6,566 contributions
    The bridge of fools!
    This iconic bridge connects two of London’s landmarks Big Ben and London Eye. This bridge has replaced an older one built in 1750 by Swiss architect Charles Labelye. The older bridge was so beautiful that it was used as a backdrop by many painters. Current Westminster Bridge is the oldest road bridge in Central London. It was the brainchild of engineer Thomas Page. It has some detailing done by Charles Barry who was the architect of Westminster Palace. It was completed in 1862 by funds raised through lottery. This gave the bridge its nickname as only fools believed in games of chance like lotteries. Queen Victoria was supposed to inaugurate it but did not do so as she was in mourning after her beloved Albert died. It was painted green to match seats in the House of Commons, so many people mistakenly believe it as the London Bridge. It is believed that Jack the Rippers jumped off this bridge in 1891 to escape trial and disclosure of identity. This bridge has the grandest view of London.
    Visited August 2022
    Travelled with family
    Written 8 July 2023
  • BelaN74
    Mississauga, Canada4,236 contributions
    Very busy
    This is a very busy bridge and becareful to not be pushed into traffic. Also everyone is stopping to take pictures and hard to get good ones because of so many people. Don’t spend too much time here and move on.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 30 September 2023
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Tom
Gloucester, UK423 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
Walking along Westminster bridge at night you can see some fantastic views of Big Ben, the London Eye and the Houses of Parliament.
Written 21 November 2023
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Steven W
Timbuktu 1 contribution
Oct 2023 • Family
I counted 5 different gangs running scam three cups and a ball games on the bridge. Complete with Police spotters and shills pretending to win. The scammers tend to look Eastern European. I saw one man lose several hundred in a matter of a couple of minutes. Where are the Police ?, are they so inadequate and incompetent that they do not know this is happening or is it too much like hard work to stop this blatant scam of innocent tourists.
Written 28 October 2023
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Reading, UK5 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
Westminster Bridge used to be a wonderful walk, with fabulous views of the Houses of Parliament, the river and the London eye, but sadly it’s been taken over by smelly food stalls and illegal cup & ball games you can’t win. These take up space on the sidewalk so the crowds of tourists bunch-up blocking the route so it’s impossible to cross the bridge without being pushed into the road. It doesn’t feel safe because the crowds make a perfect environment for (organised) pick pocket activities that operate in the area. There are rows of gaudy rickshaws lined up adding to the tackiness. A truly horrible place and totally unsuitable if you’re with young children unless you’re there very early in the morning before everyone else arrives…..unfortunately at that time you will find the place strewn with trash from the previous night.
Written 11 October 2023
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BelaN74
Mississauga, Canada4,236 contributions
Sep 2023 • Solo
This is a very busy bridge and becareful to not be pushed into traffic. Also everyone is stopping to take pictures and hard to get good ones because of so many people. Don’t spend too much time here and move on.
Written 30 September 2023
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Journey09764389897
1 contribution
Sep 2023 • Family
DISGRACE! Took 20 minutes to walk across bridge. Illegal cup and ball games going on every few feet. Couldn't get past. Bottle necks so that pick pockets could target you. Had one following my bag. Right in front of Met Police and House of Parliament. Never seen it this bad before. I live here.
Written 24 September 2023
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Luke V
Huntingdon, UK6 contributions
Jul 2023
I counted around 6 cup and ball games on this bridge a few weeks ago when I went. It is a disgrace to see illegal activity happen across the building that sets the laws of this land. Then again, they don't exactly follow the law either! Good reflection of what this country is now!
Written 11 August 2023
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HINA W
Islamabad, Pakistan6,566 contributions
Aug 2022 • Family
This iconic bridge connects two of London’s landmarks Big Ben and London Eye.
This bridge has replaced an older one built in 1750 by Swiss architect Charles Labelye. The older bridge was so beautiful that it was used as a backdrop by many painters. Current Westminster Bridge is the oldest road bridge in Central London. It was the brainchild of engineer Thomas Page. It has some detailing done by Charles Barry who was the architect of Westminster Palace. It was completed in 1862 by funds raised through lottery. This gave the bridge its nickname as only fools believed in games of chance like lotteries. Queen Victoria was supposed to inaugurate it but did not do so as she was in mourning after her beloved Albert died. It was painted green to match seats in the House of Commons, so many people mistakenly believe it as the London Bridge. It is believed that Jack the Rippers jumped off this bridge in 1891 to escape trial and disclosure of identity. This bridge has the grandest view of London.
Written 8 July 2023
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OZS_ATW
Budapest, Hungary3,125 contributions
May 2023 • Solo
Westminster Bridge is a real nice flat cool bridge running across the River Thames in the shadows of the Palace of Westminster and Big Ben.
What more can I say? It is a must to see!!!
Written 23 June 2023
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1234monti
Amsterdam, The Netherlands14 contributions
Jun 2023 • Family
very busy with tourists which is expected from being one of the most iconic locations in central London.

Cannot understand how the chaps doing them tricks with the three cups are allowed to operate and take up valuable space on a very busy pedestrian walk way! people forced to walk on cycle route.

they didnt seem to pester anyone- just that surely they need permits etc to be allowed to do what they are!

i also did not see anyone resembling a tourist participating which means tourists know whats going on thankfully!

they been doing this for years if you check on youtube and never see a police or official moving them on.

they must have people on look out and move on swiftly when required.

Not a good image when they are doing this right outside the House of Parliament.
Written 3 June 2023
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Shahruz P
4 contributions
Feb 2023 • Solo
It’s very unfortunate and heartbreaking to see probably the most beautiful tourist area in the heart of London infested by some of the ugliest n most rootless foreign criminal gangs.
And worst of all not even one police officer in all that area.
This bridge is not a suitable place to be with kids and family for sure. Specially you don’t want to find yourselves on this bridge after dark.
Written 11 March 2023
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