Millennium Bridge

South Bank

The elegant steel, aluminium and concrete Millennium Bridge staples the south bank of the Thames, in front of Tate Modern, to the north bank, at Peter’s Hill below St Paul’s Cathedral. The low-slung frame designed by Sir Norman Foster and Anthony Caro looks spectacular, particularly when lit up at night, and the view of St Paul’s from South Bank has become one of London’s iconic images.

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Nearby South Bank attractions

1. Shakespeare's Globe

0.12 MILES

Seeing a play at Shakespeare's Globe – ideally standing under the open-air "wooden O" – is experiencing the playwright's work at its best and most…

2. Tate Modern

0.14 MILES

One of London's most amazing attractions, Tate Modern is an outstanding modern- and contemporary-art gallery housed in the creatively revamped Bankside…

3. Bankside Gallery

0.15 MILES

Home of the Royal Watercolour Society and the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers, this friendly, upbeat place has no permanent collection, but there are…

4. St Nicholas Cole Abbey

0.19 MILES

The first of Sir Christopher Wren's churches to be rebuilt after the Great Fire, St Nicolas was bombed down to its skeleton in the Blitz. The interior is…

5. The Rose Playhouse

0.21 MILES

The Rose Playhouse, for which Christopher Marlowe and Ben Jonson wrote some of their greatest plays and in which Shakespeare learned his craft, is unique:…

6. St Paul's Cathedral

0.29 MILES

Sir Christopher Wren’s 300-year-old architectural masterpiece is a London icon. Towering over diminutive Ludgate Hill in a superb position that's been a…

7. One Blackfriars

0.31 MILES

New kid on the Bankside block, this 52-storey tower is called 'the Vase' by some for its unusual shape while others prefer 'the Tummy' or 'the Pregnant…

8. St Mary Aldermary

0.31 MILES

A Christoper Wren reconstruction, the church of St Mary Aldermary (1682) is unusual for the architect: it was built in Gothic style, and it's the only…