There are many amazing bridges in the city of London that are famous for their architecture or being close to certain attractions. Chelsea Bridge is a great example that is found in west London, and there are many interesting facts travellers should know before heading there. The bridge was created to connect Chelsea on the north bank of the river to Battersea on the south bank of the river. There have been two bridges built in this area and when the first one was constructed excavators found some Roman and Celtic artefacts on the riverbed. This is where historians believe that Julius Caesar crossed the Thames River in 54BC.
This was during the invasion of Britain and one of the most significant finds was a military piece of equipment known as the bronze and enamel Battersea Shield, which is now found in the British Museum. An interesting fact is that in March 1858 Queen Victoria crossed the new bridge officially declaring it open, and then named it after herself. The structure was renamed Chelsea Bridge when it was found to be architecturally unsound, and the monarch decided she did not want her name associated with it. The first structure was a suspension bridge that was rarely used at night as the lamps along the way were not lit all the time.
The lamps were used only when Queen Victoria was staying at her residence in London. A toll was also imposed on anyone crossing over that was later changed to allow a free pass on Sundays and public holidays. In 1879 the bridge became completely toll-free, but by the early 20th century the bridge had become unsafe so a new one had to be built. The one that exists today was opened in May 1937 by the then prime minister of Canada who was visiting for King George VI’s coronation. Close to this wonderful structure there are many excellent hotels to venture to that include the top San Domenico House Hotel in the heart of Chelsea.
The residence is one of the best hotels near Harrods London and offers an impressive boutique accommodation found close to Sloane Square tube station. It has amazing rooms and suites that are furnished with art and antiques, and modern amenities such as a digital telephone, LCD television, DVD player and Wi-Fi internet. The hotel has en-suite marble bathrooms and there are Molten Brown toiletries available. The air-conditioned rooms have soft bathrobes and hairdryers to help guests feel at home. There is top room service at this residence as well as business services such as the chance to get secretarial support.
Chelsea Bridge is definitely a great structure to visit and is around 213 metres long and 20 metres wide. The Ministry of Transport agreed to use materials that came from the British Empire when it was created in 1937. These included steel from Scotland and Yorkshire, granite from Aberdeen and Cornwall and timber from Douglas fir trees from Canada. The bridge is aesthetically pleasing with five sets of lampposts decorated with golden galleons. The lampposts are adorned with many items including a dove of peace, lions and stags.