Guide to living in
Initially a mere hill to the North-West of the Tower of London, Tower Hill is now a fully grown-up area in its own right encapsulating Tower Bridge, Tower Gateway and much of the EC3 postcode. The hill was a site used for public executions between the 1380’s and the 1740’s but don’t worry they are a much kinder crowd here now.
This area provides its residents with the best of both worlds. It is central enough to be within a stones throw from the West End and buzzing industry of the capital and only a short crow’s fly from the creative and bohemian hotbed of East London.
“There are some fascinating and fantastic period properties alongside an assortment of new-builds which are mostly flats and apartments”
Tower Hill and its surrounding areas are a who’s who and what’s what of London tourist attractions. The historical side of things is covered by the Tower Hill Memorial, commemorating men and women of the Merchant Navy and Fishing Fleets who died in both World Wars and who have no known grave. Furthermore, an essential trip for anyone and everyone is to the Tower of London to take a peek at the famous Crown Jewels.
More modern and unconventional architectural attractions come in the form of the Gherkin, the sixth tallest building in London which houses a range of offices, bars and accommodation, and City Hall, mildly reminiscent of a stationary snail, where Sadiq Khan makes the majority of his mayoral decisions.
Like the tourist attractions, property here is a tasteful mix of new and old. There are some fascinating and fantastic period properties alongside an assortment of new-builds which are mostly flats and apartments.
Nursery: DreamMaker Day Nursery
Vertigo 42 in Tower 42 with some of the best views of London’s landscape is a real top quality bar, but you’ll have to make a reservation as it’s not a secret anymore! A restaurant with a burgeoning reputation is Hutong on the 33rd floor of the Shard. This is a fantastic Chinese restaurant with a forward-thinking menu and we haven’t even mentioned the stunning views yet.
An atmospheric occasion that comes with our full recommendation is the Ceremony of the Keys at the Tower of London. A tradition hailing from the 1300’s, every night the Chief Yeoman Warder and the ‘Watchman’ secure the main gates of the Tower to the backdrop of the military and the last post. It is free but you have to book tickets, a thoroughly enjoyable experience for the whole family.
The central location of Tower Hill means it doesn’t take too long to get to most places in the capital; this is assisted by the presence of Tower Hill Underground station and Tower Gateway DLR station.