Bryant & May Location No.2
All detectives seem to have a place where they can go and think. Waterloo Bridge features in most Bryant & May books as the place where resolutions are made, plans are arranged and cases are closed. Why there?
Because, despite not being a particularly attractive destination in itself, it offers the best views of the city. In many cities you have to go up high to get a sense of what it looks like, but some – Vienna, Florence and Paris spring most to mind – you start at water level.
Thanks to its location at a strategic bend in the Thames, the views of London include the Houses of Parliament, the South Bank and the London Eye, as well as Tower Bridge, St Paul’s and the City of London. The name of the bridge is in memory of the Anglo-Dutch/Prussian victory at the Battle of Waterloo, 1815.
The earlier version had nine arches and was known as the Strand Bridge. Monet and Constable painted it. People threw themselves off it. Thomas Hood wrote ‘The Bridge of Sighs’ based on it (where a prostitute commits suicide).
The new bridge was the only Thames bridge to have been damaged by German bombers during WWII. It was said that the work force was largely female and was sometimes known as ‘the Ladies’ Bridge’.
It features at the very end of Bryant & May 12: ‘The Burning Man’.