All photos of Blackfriars Bridge dated 2015-2016 are the actual ones and were taken with iPhone 5s.
In this gallery you will find photos of Blackfriars Bridge, which is a Grade II listed structure painted in white and red. It was designed by Joseph Cubitt and opened by Queen Victoria in 1869. At the northern part of the bridge, you will be able to find a statue of Queen Victoria, courtesy of Sir Alfred Seale Haslam. The bridge is decorated partly with stone carvings of water birds by sculptor John Birnie Philip. You will also find attached to it a logo of a former railway company "London Chatham and Dover Railway INVICTA”.
Blackfriars Bridge connects Doggett’s Coat and Badge pub, OXO Tower on the southern bank of the river Thames and Blackfriars railway / tube station, Temple Church and the Inns of Court on the northern bank.
Doggett’s Coat and Badge pub is named after the oldest in the world rowing race which started in 1715.
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OXO Tower is a famous landmark since 1930s. Its distinguishable windows spell out the brand name “OXO” which were incorporated in the design of the tower to represent the brand of the OXO beef stock cubes owners at the time. It became derelict in the 70s until its refurbishment. Now on the eighths floor there’s restaurant and viewing gallery. Its central floors are residential and the bottom floors are reserved as a centre for the arts: you will find many independent jewelers and designers, as well as galleries and space for art exhibitions / private hire on the second floor.
Temple Church is a 12th century church built by the Knights Templar to serve as their English Headquarters. As was common to Knights Templar churches, it has a circular nave and it is only one of four medieval round churches in the whole of England. It would be of particularly interest to the fans of Dan Brown’s novels as it was famously and controversially fictionalized in his novel “The Da Vinci Code”.
The Inns of Court is an important landmark for law lovers and wigs well-wishers. It is here that for a few hundred years, these grounds have served as chambers for barristers. At present, there are four Inns: The Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn, The Honourable Society of Gray's Inn , The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple and The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple, with the latter two being able to trace back its records to as early as 1388. The buildings are similar to Colleges in Oxford and Cambridge, with some beautiful architecture to be seen, accommodation and dining facilities and chapels.
In close proximity, parallel to Blackfriars Bridge, runs Blackfriars railway bridge. You can notably see its redesign from 2012 which saw to solar panels being installed across the length of its roof. Now, half of the railway’s energy derives from solar power with hopes to reduce the carbon print on the city.