Here’s the answer to the “as I was walking across London Bridge” riddle.

We may be on lockdown, but are you still keeping yourself healthy?

All of our lives over the last few weeks have undergone serious change as we’ve adjusted to help prevent the further spread of COVID-19. 

In Boris Johnson’s statement, the UK public was instructed to adhere to government guidelines, only leaving the home for work (if absolutely necessary) and shopping for essentials. Of course, he addressed the importance of exercise too, informing us we can go out once a day for a jog or walk etc.

However, there’s more to remaining healthy than physical exercise.

Your brain needs a workout too, and we’re increasingly seeing riddles making the rounds of Facebook and beyond. These brief little puzzles are a great way to keep the brain active, and there have been some terrific ones to reemerge. 

One of the best is arguably the following…

As I was walking across London Bridge riddle

Firstly, let’s address the riddle:

“As I was walking across the London Bridge, I met a man who drew his hat and drew his cane and in this riddle, I said his name. What is it?” 

The riddle has actually been worded another way too:

“I met an old man on London bridge. As the sun set on the ridge, he tipped his hat and drew his name and cheated at the guessing game. What was the man’s name?”

Have another think about it before going ahead…

Still not convinced of your answer? Well, let’s get it solved.  


Answer: As I was walking across London Bridge riddle

  • The man’s name is Andrew. 

“Wait, what?” If that’s exactly how you feel, then let’s break it down for you…

The part which reads “and drew his cane” or “and drew his name” says the name Andrew, but separated into two words. When said aloud, it sounds just like Andrew.

Admittedly, the riddle works much better when spoken, but nevertheless, it’s still a good one. The inclusion of “London” throws people off, encouraging them to think the name of the city is the key to unlocking the man’s name. 

Like all great riddles, it all seems so simple once you determine the answer. 

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