The Millennium Bridge gets its name because of its original opening date. June 2000 saw it open to the public – although for only two short days. Complaints of a swaying motion quickly earned it the unwanted nickname of the ‘Wobbly Bridge’ and the steel suspension structure was shut down after only 48 hours. It finally re-opened again in 2002 and has remained far more stable ever since.
The bridge is a footpath regularly used by Londoners that links St Paul’s Cathedral on one side, with the Tate and Southbank on the other. It offers great views of both sides of the Thames and is the first pedestrian footbridge in London, stretching over 350 metres and able to support up to 5,000 people at any one time.