St Paul’s Cathedral and the Millennium Bridge are illuminated during the twilight hours by thousands of little lights lining the length of the bridge. The Bridge famous for being destroyed by Death Eaters in the Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince movie, spans the width of the River Thames, running from the Tate Modern on it’s Southern Side, allowing a short walk to St Paul’s on it’s Northern Side. Despite being named after the Millennium and initially opening in June 2000, it wasn’t until 2002 that the bridge was fully completed, it originally swayed side to side whenever there was heavy footfall, which required 18 months worth of re-working to counteract this. The bridge allows access to many of London’s most famous landmarks and tourist attractions, including the Tate, the Tate Modern, The Globe Theatre & the City of London School, the latter of which can be seen to the left of the bridge.
St Paul’s Cathedral has dominated London’s skyline for over three hundred years, and as such has become not only much loved, but also massively famous. The most famous aspect of the Cathedral is undoubtedly its huge domed roof, as seen above. The famous dome almost wasn’t built, as Sir Christopher Wren’s sketches at the time showed a large pagoda like squire. However, when the King William III decreed that Wren could make some ‘Ornamental Changes’, many of which where made as construction progressed, the most significant of these was the dome which was inspired both by St Peter’s Basilica in Rome and the Val-de-Grâce Military Hospital in Paris. . The Cathedral is 518ft (158m) long, and 365ft (111m) high, a height which, made the cathedral, until 1962, the tallest building in London.