Seven bridges to be closed to everyone

Seven of central London’s bridges will be closed to all traffic and pedestrians during the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant on June 3.

Three of the closed bridges – Lambeth, Westminster and Blackfriars – will house big-screens, showing the pageant.

Big screens will also line the Thames’ northern shore from Chelsea Embankment to Blackfriars.

Battersea and Chelsea bridges will be open to foot traffic only and Southwark is accessible only to motorists, with Vauxhall, Waterloo and London bridges the only three to be open to both cars and pedestrians as normal.

The only big screens on the river’s southern shore will be at the ticketed Diamond Jubilee Festival in the riverside Battersea Park.

Bridge closures will be in place from 7am, even though the pageant will not pass under its first bridge – Battersea – until 2.25pm and the organisers recommend against driving in the city centre.

Click here for a PDF overview of the best places to view the pageant.

For a full preview of the pageant see the upcoming July issue of PBO, available to buy on May 24.