I cannot believe it.
But yes, I have actually managed to do it. To visit and chronicle each of London’s public crossing points over (or under) the Thames. For the sake of reference, here are al the crossing points of the River Thames in London from west to east:
Hampton Ferry (Plus a How to get there bit)
Hampton Court Bridge
Twickenham Bridge (Two Posts)
Barnes Railway Bridge
Fulham Railway Bridge
Hungerford Bridge (Two Posts)
London Bridge (Two Posts)
Canary Wharf-Rotherhithe Ferry
Greenwich Foot Tunnel
Woolwich Foot Tunnel
Just as a note the rules of this series were that the crossings had to be open to the general public by foot (so no to the Blackwall Tunnel), they had to be permanent crossing points (seasonal were allowed but crossings like the Jubilee Line Replacement Ferry were not) and had to have at least one side of the crossing point in Greater London (so the famed Dartford Crossing was out).
And so what next? My original reason for this tour of London was twofold. Firstly, I wanted to see a different side of the Capital, but more importantly, it allowed me to just get out and life my head up from the world of work and film making. And it has done a great job doing that. No matter what has come my way, I have always set aside one day a month to visit my crossing point and to see a different part of London. These crossing points have been useful in letting me do so. Letting me live!
On the way, like many things I do, I have got distracted. So my monthly Thames sojourn has sometimes been replaced by other crossing points. The Forth Bridge and the Dollis Brook Viaduct alongside a few crossings in India that were the Guwahati Ferry, the Howrah Bridge, the Manjitar Bridge and the Living Root Bridges of Meghalaya.
And so now what?
Well, I think I will take a break from bridges for a while. I might come back to this series if and when new crossings are added in London. But for now, I need to find something new about the city to explore. Something that will get me out of cloud cuckoo land and back to reality. And something that will entertain, both you the reader as well as myself…