Fan Bridge

Fan Bridge, London: Address, Fan Bridge Reviews: 4.5/5

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therichastill
Stevenage, UK1,574 contributions
Cross Over
Mar 2021
The Fan bridge is located in the Paddington Basin of the Grand Union canal. There are quite a few office blocks close by and there are some street food cafes and supermarkets to get something to eat.

The bridge will take you across the canal and serves its purpose.

It's not a Must See location but you can check it out if you are in the area.
Written March 16, 2021
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futtock21
London, UK11,100 contributions
Latest addition to the Paddington basin
Mar 2020 • Solo
Fan Bridge which was unveiled in 2014 is a three metre wide cantilevered moving structure crossing the eastern end of Paddington basin. Designed by Knight Architects it rises in four parts by hydraulic jacks forming a fan shape above the water and which are currently operated Wednesdays and Fridays at 12 noon.
Written March 16, 2020
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jvm
New York City, NY120 contributions
London, a City of Bridges, Accepts Even the Quirky
Dec 2019
Paddington's relatively new Fan Bridge at Merchant Square each Wednesday and Friday at noon and Saturdays at 2 PM. Designed by bridge specialists Knight Architects, the fan spans about 20 yards across the head of the basin. The architects used the principal of the traditional Japanese hand fan to design the rising and closing of the five steel beams, which arrived by barge, sailing serenely up the canal.

Despite the slowness with which everything happens, kids seem to enjoy it. But don't go on a cold day--the winds off the canal are brutal.
Written December 14, 2019
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EndlessTravels
Greater Melbourne, Australia35,032 contributions
Merchant Square Bridge
Jul 2018
Otherwise known as The Fan Bridge, it’s an interesting structure that is worth a detour to check out
Written May 10, 2019
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Nicholas H
London, UK20,576 contributions
Ingenious engineering
Mar 2019 • Solo
Sadly I didn’t see the bridge either open or being opened when I visited, but judging by videos online it’s an extraordinary sight. Even when it’s down, the bridge is interesting to see, with what look like stegosaurus spines at one end. Take a look and expect to be amazed.
Written March 13, 2019
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BigHugh51
Adelaide, Australia3,638 contributions
A fancy bridge!
Jul 2017 • Couples
Our most recent stay in London saw us again being accommodated in a hotel located in Paddington. Consequently, we were able to enjoy several relaxing after-dinner strolls around the Paddington area.
One of those walks took us around the Paddington Basin. There was a major construction project underway adjacent to the basin which detracted somewhat from the ambiance of the area.
However during this walk, we did manage to see the Fan Bridge for the first time. While we were there, the bridge was in its upright position which provided us with the opportunity to see its distinct fan shape. As we had never seen a footbridge like this one before, we were happy that we had come across it during our stroll. The Fan Bridge in its upright position, would certainly would make a great photographic subject if the light was good. Unfortunately for us, it was early evening and the light was not good.
Well worth a look if you happen to be in the area!
Written November 22, 2017
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Jellybellydancer
Burscough, UK1,380 contributions
Ingenious design
Jul 2017 • Friends
This ingenious bridge is situated at Paddington Basin on the Grand Union Canal, about 200m away from it's older sibling the Rolling Bridge.

It was designed by Knight Architects and completed in 2014. At first glance it is just another footbridge, but at midday every Wednesday and Friday and 2pm on Saturday, the bridge reveals itself to be made of 5 fingers which open in sequence by means of hydraulic jacks designed to mimic the action of a traditional Japanese hand fan.

There are lots of restaurants and shops in the area, or you could choose to relax in one of the deck chairs on the newly opened Floating Pocket Park, London't first floating garden.

A gentle 5 minute walk along the canal from Paddington tube, the Fan Bridge is slightly off the beaten track, but well worth seeking out.
Written July 26, 2017
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