Thursday, March 13, 2014
How to remember 3 London bridges
On the way we passed under three bridges whose names confused me for a long time until I found a good mnemonic.
The three bridges, alphabetically, are Albert, Battersea and Chelsea, and on their strip of the river there is Battersea on the south side and Chelsea on the north, so they could be in any order (there are things named after Albert dotted all over London so it doesn't mean anything).
You might think that proximity to the iconic and highly visible Battersea Power Station (below) would be a clue as to the name of the nearest bridge, but no.
Just imagine yourself in a taxi, a classic London black cab, heading home to Putney after a good evening out in the West End, maybe seeing a film, concert or something, and you're driving along the Embankment, you'd see the bridges in this order:
- C helsea
- A lbert
- B attersea
Geddit? Just think taxi CAB and you can easily remember the order of those three bridges.