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Pleasure Bridges Walk
This is not to say that the city bridges are unpleasant or afford no
pleasure or that the bridges contained on this walk (Vauxhall to Waterloo)
are merely decorative.
This walk links the site of the old Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens (closed
1859) to the South Bank entertainment belt that performs many of the same
functions today. The bridges (pretty much) mark the boundaries of the old
City of Westminster and should take no
more than 90 minutes. The links will give you a bit more information about
This walk may be done in conjunction with the City Bridges Walk as the next crossing after Waterloo Bridge is Blackfriars.
Start out at Vauxhall tube on the Victoria line which is a short distance to Vauxhall Bridge and near to the Secret Service Headquarters. Cross Vauxhall Bridge heading north, it's better to do this on the downstream side as the views are better, and you need to be able to drop down into the small garden at the end of the bridge with the Henry Moore statue in. Walk along the Thames path heading towards Parliament until you come to Lambeth Bridge .
Cross the river back to the southside then talk the underpass beneath Lambeth Bridge and carry on towards Westminster Bridge past St Thomas' Hospital. Cross over towards Parliament but before reaching the Palace of Westminster take the Thames path along the North Bank. Before reaching the first of the two Hungerford Bridges have a look on the Embankment wall for the plaque to Sir Joseph Bazalgette. The entire route you have walked along the river was only made possible by him building the Thames embankments.
Cross whichever of the Hungerford Bridges takes your fancy and then carry along along the south bank to Waterloo Bridge and admire the best views of London from the bridge itself.