London Bridges

Updated: Sep 15, 2019

Thirty-four bridges span the Thames in London. Each one has its own history and is worth seeing. Many of them are worth photographing. I prefer to photograph them at night or at the blue hour. Just half an hour after the sunset or before the sunrise. Using different shutter speeds allows to control the texture of the water. A longer shutter speed for smoother water and a faster shutter speed for more texture and detail.

aerial view of London at night
View from the Sky Garden

1. Tower Bridge - London's defining landmark. The bridge usually opens at least once a day and if you’re a boat that requires an opening, you need to book it in advance. The bascules are raised around 1000 times a year. You can see when the Bridge will open next on its website

Tower bridge in London long exposure photography using a neutral density filter
Long Exposure using a 10-stops ND filter.

Tower bridge in winter taken at my photography tour
Yes, you can can see snow in London sometimes

Tower bridge in summer with flowers in the foreground

Linght trail on Tower Bridge at the photo Tour in London
6 seconds exposure for the light trails

River Thames and Tower Bridge at night
Photo of Tower Bridge taken from London Bridge

The girl and the dolphin statue near Tower Bridge at night
The girl and the dolphin statue

Tower bridge and Walkie Talkie Building using a tele photo lens
200mm lens compressed the perspective and the Walkie-Talkie building looks closer to the bridge

Tower Bridge and a rainbow in London
This is a panorama composed of 3 vertical images.

Long exposure light trails at Tower Bridge

2. London Bridge. The Romans built the first version of what was to become London Bridge There have been many reincarnations of London Bridge since then. Early versions of the bridge were susceptible to fire, storms, and occasional invading armies.

London Bridge long exposure at the blue hour in London
a 2 minutes exposure using a 10-stops ND filter

3. Southwark bridge. By the early 19th century London Bridge was getting increasingly busy and in May 1811 a Parliamentary Bill was passed to build a new bridge a quarter of a mile west of it. The new bridge was called Southwark Bridge after the area on the south bank of which Southwark Cathedral forms part.

Southwark bridge at the blue hour
Beautiful bridge, especially at night. The lights are changing and you can get different colours of the bridge.

photo tour in London photographing the Southwark bridge

Soutwark bridge long exposure in London

Soutwhark Bridge photography tour in London

4. Westminster Bridge. The bridge is painted predominantly green, the same colour as the leather seats in the House of Commons which is on the side of the Palace of Westminster nearest to the bridge, but a natural shade similar to verdigris. This is in contrast to Lambeth Bridge, which is red, the same colour as the seats in the House of Lords and is on the opposite side of the Houses of Parliament.

Westminister Bridge at night

5. Lambeth Bridge. Lambeth Bridge is found near Horseferry Road which is named after the old horse ferry that for centuries linked Lambeth to Westminster.

London at night photography tour Lambeth bridge

6. Hammersmith Bridge. Just 12 feet (3.6m) at high tide, this it the lowest bridge over the river Thames. It's London's weakest bridge. It was built in 1887 and it was designed for horses, carts and penny farthing bicycle. The bridge currently operates under severe weight restrictions. Only one bus in each direction permitted on the bridge at any one time.

Hammersmith Bridge at night

Hammersmith bridge at photography tour in London

7. Millennium Bridge. The Millennium Bridge is a footbridge across the River Thames, located between Southwark Bridge and Blackfriars Bridge. It lies on a direct line between the Tate Modern Gallery and St Paul’s Cathedral, two of the most famous London landmarks.

Millennium Bridge wide angle lens at night
Thames at the low tide provide amazing photography opportunities

Photograph Millennium Bridge at night in London

Photo tour in London Millennium Bridge at night in London

Samyang 14mm test with Millenium Bridge

Photo of Millennium Bridge taken at Night photography tour in London

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