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Published December 17th 2012
The best bridge in London
I love being on Albert Bridge, especially as dusk is falling and its lights come on.

It must be a strong contender for the most scenic bridge across the Thames and the narrow squeeze points for cars mean that the bridge is not as busy with traffic as its neighbours Battersea and Chelsea.

The bridge was built in 1873 and at night is illuminated by 4,000 light bulbs, making it one of West London's favourite landmarks.

It's a great place to stand and watch the sunset and every autumn it provides a free vantage point for the fireworks display in the adjacent Battersea Park. The park is well worth visiting all year round and has a wide variety of attractions (riverside walk, peace pagoda, children's zoo, sports pitches, bike hire and a boating lake).

Just down from the bridge on the Battersea side is a lovely pub called the Prince Albert, which serves mulled cider to warm you up after a winter stroll around the park. It also serves a good selection of real ales including the locally brewed staple Wandle, lots of different bar snacks as well as more hearty fare.
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Where: Albert Bridge Chelsea, London Borough of Wandsworth, SW11, UK
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