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Waterloo Bridge

 
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A301, Waterloo Bridge
London
 
 
 
 

Actually the second bridge to stand on the site, the current Waterloo Bridge was completed in 1945, having earnt the inauspicious honour of being the only river crossing in the capital struck by German bombing during the Second World War. Due to the lack of a male workforce during the war, the majority that worked on the construction of Waterloo Bridge were female, earning it the unofficial title of 'The Ladies Bridge'.

Again named after a famous historical British military victory, Waterloo Bridge is seen as the foremost ground level location in the capital for its views of the River Thames, being on a strategic bend in the waterway, allowing for clean views to the Houses of Parliament to the west, and St Paul's Cathedral to the east.

The bridge runs from The Strand on the north side, above Victoria Embankment, over to the South Bank, terminating on a roundabout that contains the BFI IMAX, the largest permanent cinema screen in the United Kingdom. The BFI National Film Theatre, or NFT, was built directly beneath the southern side of the bridge, where it makes landfall.

Sherlock and John 'access the homeless network' on the northern side, having jumped the railings on the Victoria Embankment. Their meeting takes place directly beneath the bridge, in an elevated seating area with the aforementioned clean view to Westminster. However, the location for the scene was chosen for a reason, as in reality you will frequently find the homeless sleeping rough here early in the morning.

Episodes Waterloo Bridge has appeared in

 
The Great Game (Episode 3, Series 1)

The nearest Tube stations are Embankment [Circle, District, Northern, Bakerloo], which requires you to walk east to Waterloo Bridge, Temple [Circle, District] which requires you to walk west, or Waterloo [Jubilee, Northern, Bakerloo] - follow the signs for the BFI IMAX and turn left onto Waterloo Road, which connects directly to the Bridge itself.

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