The Waterloo Bridge received its name from the famous battle of Waterloo in 1815. The bridge located on the same spot earlier was said to be the most beautiful in London, but it was in very poor condition and a new bridge had to be built.
It was on the Waterloo Bridge that the famous “Umbrella murder” took place. It was the Bulgarian Georgi Markov who was hit by an umbrella while on the bridge, later that day felt really bad, and three days later he died. The murder had attached a pellet to the umbrella filled with poison, so as Georgi Markov was hit by the umbrella, the poison was also sent into his body. The murderer was never caught.