The Rolling Bridge in London

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What is it?

The Heatherwick Studio`s Rolling Bridge spans an inlet of the Grand Union Canal at Paddington Basin, west London.

It appears to be a normal steel and timber footbridge when open – until it needs to get out of the way. Then, rather than breaking and lifting up as a rigid element, the Rolling Bridge curls until its two ends meet. The bridge is transformed into an octagon that stands on one side of the canal, without a trace of a bridge on the other bank. 

Rolling Bridge

Rolling Bridge

Rolling Bridge

Rolling Bridge

Rolling Bridge

Rolling Bridge

Rolling Bridge

Rolling Bridge

When can you see it?

Every Friday at noon.

How to get there?

Take the tube to Paddington Station. Walk out of the tube station at Praed Street, walk towards St Mary`s hospital. When you see the following sign, turn in left:

Follow the path until you see following foot bridge

Cross here and walk to the right

You`ll see another footbridge,but you don`t need to cross that one, keep walking and you`ll find the Rolling Bridge in front of you.

Enjoy! It`s something you don`t see every day. Quite the experience.

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12 Responses to “The Rolling Bridge in London”

  1. Laura
    January 17, 2012 at 1:57 pm #

    Wowzer! What stunning photographs. I’m so glad we found this and I’m so glad you’ve published this post as I feel sure it will inspire others to visit too. Brilliant directions too. Thank you.

    • IsabellesTravel
      January 20, 2012 at 12:56 pm #

      Thank you Laura for telling me about it in the first place!

  2. Randall St. Germain
    January 18, 2012 at 5:09 pm #

    Yes, excellent photos. I really like walking around London.

  3. Stefan Dippel
    January 18, 2012 at 9:42 pm #

    I visited London for three times and now i know what i will see next time.
    Beautiful pictures well done.

    Greetings from Germany

  4. Andy Jarosz
    January 19, 2012 at 9:54 am #

    Never knew about this! Another visit to Paddington beckons… thanks for the tip

    • IsabellesTravel
      January 20, 2012 at 12:57 pm #

      You`re welcome, Andy. I would definitely recommend a visit.

  5. Kathy Brown
    January 24, 2012 at 6:35 pm #

    A curly-uppy bridge, fabulous! Perfect quirky London thing for me to build into a Treasure Trail. Hmm, what have I got on on Friday…? See you all there.

  6. Bright T Elliot
    January 31, 2012 at 9:13 pm #

    Its so great, wish i could have an access to visit there one day.

  7. Fred
    January 31, 2012 at 11:17 pm #

    Wish I had known it when we were over there

  8. Coach tours london
    February 9, 2012 at 7:24 am #

    I’m so glad you’ve published this post.

  9. Clarisse from Ramblingmuse.com
    April 23, 2012 at 9:44 am #

    Wow… that’s super duper interesting.. doesn’t even look like a bridge at first sight!
    Here are my London activities if you are just visiting for a few days:

    http://ramblingmuse.com/2012/04/08/explore/activities-london/

    -Clarisse

  10. Majid Ameen
    February 6, 2014 at 10:24 am #

    Hi every body,
    Really it is amazing bridge that it doesn’t need any down supports or poles,can some body help me to contact the manufacturer?

    Thanks so much to all..

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