City View Penthouse Apartment
Apartment | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Unique top 2 floor penthouse apartment with stunning unrivalled views over London and Tower Bridge, situated directly on the river. Easy commute from Gatwick Airport and central London and only one mile from Tower Bridge along the Thames path.
Large double bed in bedroom and 1 x sofa bed (perfect for children staying in same room) 1 x sofa bed on 1st floor and 1 x sofa bed on the top floor.
Large Bathroom with bath and separate shower
Linen will be provided and exchanged for longer stays
Perfect place to get away and relax but still be close to the hustle and bustle of the city.
Excellent transport links via Bermondsey or Rotherhithe tube stations.
HISTORY OF THE BUILDING
Originally a busy dock house built in the 1800s, it was one of several buildings in the area owned by Braithwaite & Dean, a barge company. They were a lighterage firm – lighters being flat-bottomed barges – and their lightermen moved goods between ships and quays (not to be confused with watermen, who carried passengers). This building was their where lightermen would pull up in their boats to collect their wages.
Once this whole stretch of the riverside was covered with buildings, mostly related to shipping, with a few public houses thrown in for good measure. The buildings to the west of our leaning tower were purchased in 1939 by Bermondsey Council, who planned to demolish them to build a garden. The Blitz then finished off any work that they had begun to this end.
To the east of the building stood what has been described as 'a once absurdly picturesque row of largely wooden tenements…seedy in the extreme but vibrantly populated in the 1950s by a bohemian set of artists and writers'. Lord Snowdon lived along this row in a former coal store and is said to have met with Princess Margaret here, as well as hosting celebrities such as Marlene Dietrich and Noel Coward (who entertained him on the piano in his studio flat). In around 1960 he lent his room to John Betjeman (as you do) when his house burnt down.Betjeman described his time here as 'the most restful few months I had ever spent in London', during which he enjoyed the 'tremendous view', including that of 'the wharves and Georgian brick buildings of Wapping' across the way. He moved the bed to the river-side of the room, going 'to sleep to the solacing sounds of water'. At low tide he would listen to the sound of the waves rippling over the pebbles below, and described how at high tide 'after a tug had passed the water made a plopping sound right against my bedroom wall as thought I were in a ship's hold'.
Despite a campaign by both Betjeman and Snowdon, the rather romantic-sounding row of buildings to the east was also pulled down by the local council after being condemned as a health hazard during the 1960s. It's not known exactly why this particular structure was allowed to remain. It is not of any particular architectural value, though perhaps it was its brickwork that saved it, as many of the other buildings were wooden so arguably less sound structures. The King's Stairs Gardens were then created here, and contain the remains of what is thought to be King Edward III's manor house, circa 1353, uncovered by a Museum of London dig in the 1980s. Braithwaite & Dean stayed on in the leaning tower until the early 1990s, and it is now a (very) private residence.
The house is located at the very end of Fulford Street (you can't miss it!), roughly equidistant between Bermondsey tube station and Rotherhithe overground station.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 1 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Gatwick 40 km, Nearest railway: London Bridge 2 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||Central heating, TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||2 Sofa beds, Double beds (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Shared garden, Climbing frame, Swing set|
The South East England region
London is a very busy and popular city with lots to see and do. It is a must stop destination on any travelers journey.
Central London/Zone 2
The area is a quiet neighbourhood, along the Thames Path and beside King's Stairs Park therefore ideal for relaxing and walking and exploring London.
With access to both the underground at Bermondsey (Jubilee Line) and Rotherhithe (Overground) it makes commuting all across London extremely convenient.
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