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Bobtrade's Best: London

Alice-India Garwood
by Alice-India Garwood on December 21, 2018

London is an incredible city with a fascinating past and an exciting future. We’ve written bits and pieces about London from it’s big builds to it’s transport developments, London is changing it up. We wanted to take the opportunity to give you the lowdown on some of our favourite London features!


There are 33 bridges in total which cross the Thames within the limits of London. But, this is one of our favourites the world famous Waterloo Bridge.

Did you know that there have actually been two Waterloo Bridges?

The first Waterloo Bridge was built in 1817 and was designed by John Rennie for the Strand Bridge Company and was made from granite.

The second Waterloo Bridge was built in 1938 and was designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott for Rendel Palmer & Tritton.

The second Waterloo Bridge was made from Portland Stone, limestone which can date its origins to 145 million years ago, it is also capable of self cleaning in rainfall - pretty impressive stuff!

London, Bobtrade, Construction, Materials, Building, Supplies, Innovation, Creativity, History[Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons]

"Portland stone is limestone which can date its origins back 145 million years!"

From a world famous bridge, to the world famous London Underground.

The London Underground was the world’s first underground train system. Inspiring similar underground metros in Europe, the USA and across the world!

It started with plans for an underground tunnel known as the Thames Tunnel in 1825 which stretched between Wapping and Rotherhithe. This then inspired Charles Pearson, a solicitor for the City of London, to suggest an underground train system.

"The London Underground inspired other underground train systems across the world."

In the 1850s, the local government granted permission for the Metropolitan Line to be constructed.

London, Bobtrade, Construction, Materials, Building, Supplies, Innovation, Creativity, History[Photo  Credit: Urbanest]

From humble beginnings to a tube system of 115 miles! Remarkable!

Now how about the future of the London Underground?

There have been on and off plans for some time to extend the Bakerloo line southbound toward Croydon, connecting the South East of London to the rest of the system. If completed this will be a huge benefit to South Londoners, who for many years, have relied on the overground and buses.

There are a number of potential routes including ones running through Peckham, New Cross and Crystal Palace.

"A Bakerloo line extension could improve the lives of thousands of South Londoners."

So that’s the future below ground, what about the future above it?

London, Bobtrade, Construction, Materials, Building, Supplies, Innovation, Creativity, History[Photo Credit: Money Wise]

Mayor Sadiq Khan announced recently plans to build 10,000 affordable council homes for Londoners. For some of the most vulnerable people in our city this could be the difference between life and death.

Not only would these plans improve the lives of thousands of Londoners but it would also create much needed jobs for the construction industry in London and boost the local economy.

"10,000 new council homes would create construction industry jobs in London and boost the local economy."

Fantastic news for everyone.

The future of London is a bright one. From small beginnings as a series of farms and a Roman bridge, to a city spanning a 26 miles and always growing. Bobtrade is proud to call London its home,

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Alice-India Garwood

Alice-India Garwood

Content Marketing Executive at Bobtrade. Interested in design, sustainability and the history of construction. I love all things indie and theatrical.