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Best Of 2021

(January – December 2021)

Chiara Masiero Sgrinzatto

Casera Campo

Keith Martin

London's Millennium Bridge during lockdown

Millennium Bridge, London, UK

29 January 2021

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London's Millennium Bridge is normally filled with people, but at the height of lockdown in early 2021 the city felt eerily like a ghost town, and on this early afternoon the bridge was silent and still. Wherever you look from this impressive vantage point, there is absolutely nobody in sight!

More London in Lockdown panoramas can be seen on Mister360.co.uk

Equipment

Nikon D850, Nikkor 16mm fisheye lens, 360Precision Adjuste pano head.

The Wobbly Bridge!

The name of the bridge is officially the ‘London Millennium Footbridge,’ but is known by Londoners as the Wobbly Bridge. That's because when it was first opened in June 2000 the movement of people walking over it caused alarming oscillating vibrations that got stronger and stronger. There were around 2000 people crossing at any moment when it was opened, and the rhythmic swaying made many people grab for the railings. It was closed two days later, given hydraulic dampening struts at either end (if you stand underneath at either end you can see them moving slightly) and reopened in early 2002... so it actually had two official openings.

Did you know?

If you happen to be in the middle of the bridge when St Paul’s chimes on the hour, you’ll hear the echo reflecting off the Tate Modern’s walls between each chime.

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