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16 brilliant then-and-now images of London bridges

Discover the unseen history of the city's favourite Thames traversers

Tower and London Bridges (© Museum of London)
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London Bridge (© Museum of London)
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Hungerford Bridge (© Museum of London)
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Hammersmith Bridge (© Museum of London)
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Blackfriars Bridge (© Museum of London)
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Richmond Bridge (© Museum of London)
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Richmond Bridge (© Museum of London)
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Albert Bridge (© Museum of London)
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Tower Bridge (© Museum of London)
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Waterloo Bridge (© Museum of London)
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Waterloo Bridge (© Museum of London)
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Vauxhall Bridge (© Museum of London)
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Tower Bridge (© Museum of London)
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London Bridge
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Tower Bridge (© Museum of London)
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Southwark Bridge (© Museum of London)
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London’s 34 bridges aren’t just there to stop you falling in the Thames – their groundbreaking designs and robust engineering have been instrumental in establishing the capital as a world leader in urban architecture. As the pictures below show, they also serve as a reassuring constant in a city that’s transforming at an ever dizzying speed.

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