Apartment | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Who said that the past was a foreign country? This certainly isn't true in our books – we know a place where ancient and modern meet and mingle in perfect harmony; where medieval buildings cast newer ones into enlightening relief; and where sugar and spice are in happy ménage with all things nice…sound intriguing? Welcome to Shad Thames, where the past and the present overlap in a whirling dance to the great river's tides. The stark and sheer donjon of the Tower of London, built by William the Conqueror in order to consolidate the Norman Invasion of England, throws its long shadow over the gleamingly new dwellings converted from the great warehouses which once housed teas and fine spices; the Neo-Gothic of Tower Bridge creates an impressive link between the Norman and the Contemporary. Let us introduce Tower Bridge, a veritable jewel in the crown, from whence you can enjoy watching the past and the present jostle in the utmost comfort.
Living and eating
Samuel Peyps, who lived and recorded his London life only minutes away on Seething Lane, remarked on how ' a good dinner and feasting reconciles everyone'. Too true – and nowhere could this be better proved than in the large and luminous open-plan kitchen and living area! The cook will never feel out of the party here, although the convenience of conviviality afforded by this arrangement in no way hinders ambitious culinary enterprise – a perfectly equipped, modern kitchen allows for the chef of your party to whip up simple suppers, or delights of Luccullan proportions; no doubt rapturously received, and comfortably enjoyed, at the inviting round table, which seats six.
Meanwhile, two large and chic sofas beckon beguilingly to limbs wearied by sightseeing, and provide the perfect atmosphere for happy tea drinking sessions, or relaxing cocktails coupled with sparkling conversation. The large half-moon window provides your own private 'place in the sun'. This truly is luxury fit for a king; who says William the Conqueror was the only winner? We would be prepared to lay bets that if he'd had the choice between here and the White Tower, he would have gone for this faster than you can say 'Battle of Hastings'…
Beds and baths
As night sets in, find your way into one of the two luxurious bedrooms, and allow yourself to sink into a golden slumber. The master bedroom is delight to the senses: soft carpeting and a bed of regal proportions (5 ft; UK King sized) seduce both the eye and mind; the large window and background of brickwork conjure coolness to produce a complimentary contrast of warmth and airiness. Decorated in the best of possible tastes, rest assured that there is plenty of storage space as well.
An en-suite bathroom, comprehensively fitted in the latest style is a harmonious marriage of luxury and practicality.
Continuing as it means to go on, the second bedroom of this property fulfills the promise made as soon as you crossed the threshold. Twin single beds lie happily side by side; take a few steps and find a gem of a roof terrace, which overlooks Tower Bridge Piazza and allows for sun-gilded siestas or an atmospheric early morning cup of coffee. A second family bathroom provides the necessary ablutionary facilities for your party.
One of the sofas in the living room converts easily and comfortably into a double bed – meaning this property sleeps up to six happily.
Access and suitability
This property is located on the 5th floor, and has elevator access. This is suitable for a family party coming over to the capital, or for adult groups who wish to make the most of all that London has to over.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 2 bedrooms|
|Family friendly||Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (1)|
Central London/Zone 1
Named elliptically after the St John at Thames Church, which once stood nearby, Shad Thames was not always the bustling hurly-burly of cosmopolitan sophistication and joie de vivre with which it is now synonymous. Completely the opposite in fact: it was originally a haven of bucolic charm, consisting of a large riparian field upon which horses and cattle grazed in pastoral tranquility. However, during the industrial revolution of the nineteenth century, this Arcadia was turned on its head, as large warehouses were built in which to store teas, coffee and fine spices imported from all over the Empire. The scent of spice still lingers on in the evocative names of the now converted buildings: Tamarind, Cinnamon, Cardamom, Fennel, Ginger, Cumin, Coriander and Anise, to list but a few. Nowadays, the chimney sweeps and street urchins of Dickens' London have been replaced by City workers and young professionals – this really is the place to be. The renowned Pont de la Tour restaurant is a few minutes away, and well worth a visit, while the Design Museum is on your doorstep. A little down river, you will find the Tate Modern, and almost rubbing shoulders, Shakespeare's Globe, where you can spend many a happy summer evening under the stars, transported to the Forest of Arden, Egypt, or the Blasted Heath by the eternal strains of the Bard.
Tower Bridge is a stone's throw from the property, and this iconic London landmark spans the Thames with impressive majesty – dull would he be of soul who could pass it by! The Tower of London, erstwhile prison and palace, stands colossal against the London horizon, and rings with the echoes of the great, the good and the wicked that people Britain's history. This is well worth a visit; the ceremony of the keys takes place every night to this day; the crown jewels lie bewitchingly, restored from the thieving hands of the sanguine criminal, Colonel Blood; guided tours will give you a fascinating and unforgettable insight into the country's history, and ravens daily hold their raucous parliament. All in all, an experience not to be missed…
This property is within convenient walking distance from multiple grocery stores, ATMs and charming little coffee shops, the greatest draw is the proximity to the fabulous and unique Borough Market. The nearest tube station is Tower Hill, allowing easy access to the rest of London and a 15 minute journey to the West End.
Is there a more iconic London image than that of Tower Bridge? Together with the neighbouring London Bridge, these link London's financial hub on the northern bank, rather selfishly dubbed 'The City', to the district of Southwark below. To the south, the jagged architectural masterpiece of the Shard, the European Union's tallest building, towers over the otherwise flat and homely Borough, itself served by the bustling Borough Market, where food vendors jostle amiably to proffer a take-away meal to be enjoyed sitting in the grounds of Southwark Cathedral. Walking along the river one can take in the Southbank at leisure, from the imposing Tate Modern or sobering Imperial War Museum, to HMS Belfast and the Shakespeare Globe Theatre, or possibly all of the above from atop the London Eye! These loftier sights are offset by the quaint pleasures of browsing the pop-up book fair under Waterloo Bridge or taking in a street performance by the River Thames. Being so central is a real delight.
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