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Westminster Bridge

Visit this historic bridge, which spans the River Thames and connects Westminster on the north side to Lambeth on the south side.

Westminster Bridge is one of the oldest bridges spanning London’s River Thames. Walk across the bridge and admire picturesque views of London and see the iconic South Bank Lion.

Constructed in 1862, the Westminster Bridge is one of the oldest of many bridges spanning the River Thames. This site’s first bridge was built in 1738 during the reign of King George II. This original bridge was said to sway frequently and began sinking within the first decade after its construction. View the current bridge stretching 827 feet (252 meters) long and consisting of seven arches. 

Notice the bridge’s color, a reference to the green leather seats in the House of Commons, located nearby on the bridge’s Westminster side. The wrought iron detail of the bridge was created by Charles Barry, the same architect who designed the Parliament building. 

As you walk across the bridge, admire the views of the parliament building. Looking upstream, you can also see the Lambeth Bridge, colored red to match the seats in the House of Lords. Downstream, spot the Hungerford rail bridge and the London Eye’s rotating capsules. 

Try to stop here at night, when the scene is particularly enchanting with many of the surrounding landmarks illuminated against the dark sky. The view was memorably described by William Wordsworth in his sonnet Upon Westminster Bridge.

Don’t miss the South Bank Lion on the southwest corner of the bridge. Designed by William F. Woodington  in 1837, the lion is one of three once guarding the entrance to the Old Lion Brewery. Weighing 14 tons (13 tonnes), the lion is made with a ceramic stone called coade, which is known for being extremely durable. When the brewery was demolished in 1949, the lion was moved to Waterloo Station and to this spot on the bridge in 1966.

The Westminster Bridge connects the Palace of Westminster on the north side of the river with County Hall on the south side. To walk across it, take the Tube to Westminster station, which will bring you close to the north bank of the Thames. There is no fee to access the bridge. 


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Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London ¥19,825
Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London

Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London

200 Westminster Bridge Road, London, England
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in London City Centre, this spa hotel is steps from Southbank Centre Book Market and Florence Nightingale Museum. St. Thomas' Hospital and Sea Life London Aquarium are also within 5 minutes. Waterloo Underground Station is only a 4-minute walk and Lambeth North Underground Station is 6 minutes.

    The Strand Palace Hotel ¥16,932
    The Strand Palace Hotel

    The Strand Palace Hotel

    372 The Strand, London, England
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in London City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Covent Garden Market, Piccadilly Circus, and London Dungeon. Big Ben and Buckingham Palace are also within 1 mi (2 km). Charing Cross Underground Station is 5 minutes by foot and Covent Garden Underground Station is 5 minutes.

      DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London - Westminster ¥14,038
      DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London - Westminster

      DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London - Westminster

      30 John Islip Street, Westminster, London, England
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Tate Britain and Houses of Parliament. Westminster Abbey and Big Ben are also within 15 minutes. Pimlico Underground Station is 10 minutes by foot and Westminster Underground Station is 13 minutes.

        Marlin Waterloo ¥13,157
        Marlin Waterloo

        Marlin Waterloo

        111 Westminster Bridge Road, London, England
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St. Thomas' Hospital, Westminster Bridge, and Coca-Cola London Eye. Big Ben and Westminster Abbey are also within 15 minutes. Lambeth North Underground Station is only a 2-minute walk and Waterloo Underground Station is 8 minutes.

          Park Plaza County Hall London ¥15,948
          Park Plaza County Hall London

          Park Plaza County Hall London

          1 Addington Street, London, England
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in London City Centre, this spa hotel is steps from Southbank Centre Book Market and Florence Nightingale Museum. Jubilee Gardens and The Vaults are also within 5 minutes. Waterloo Underground Station and Lambeth North Underground Station are within a 5-minute walk.

            Clayton Hotel City of London ¥10,743
            Clayton Hotel City of London

            Clayton Hotel City of London

            10 New Drum Street, London, England
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in London City Centre, this hotel is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Tower of London and within 3 mi (5 km) of The Shard and Coca-Cola London Eye. The British Museum and Big Ben are also within 3 mi (5 km). Aldgate East Station is only a 2-minute walk and Aldgate Station is 4 minutes.

              Zedwell Piccadilly
              Zedwell Piccadilly

              Zedwell Piccadilly

              Great Windmill Street, London, England
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in London City Centre, this hotel is steps from Prince of Wales Theatre, Piccadilly, and Piccadilly Circus. Regent Street and Leicester Square are also within 5 minutes. Piccadilly Circus Underground Station and Leicester Square Underground Station are within a 5-minute walk.

                Park Plaza London Riverbank ¥15,470
                Park Plaza London Riverbank

                Park Plaza London Riverbank

                18 Albert Embankment, London, England
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in London City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of St. Thomas' Hospital and Houses of Parliament. Westminster Abbey and Coca-Cola London Eye are also within 1 mi (2 km). Vauxhall Station is 8 minutes by foot and Lambeth North Underground Station is 16 minutes.