A guide to living in Shad Thames
Originally a riverside street, but now more commonly regarded as an area in its own right, Shad Thames runs alongside the Thames from Bermondsey to Tower Bridge. The area boasts cobbled streets and trendy converted warehouses, attracting both traditionalists and modernists alike.
This classy location encapsulates St Saviour’s Dock and Butler’s Wharf as well as Tower Bridge Road and parts of Tooley Street. Now used solely for leisure, retail and luxury, Shad Thames was an important centre of industry during Victorian times – home to the largest warehouse complex in London.
“As development in the area continues at a steady pace, the converted warehouses are still the main attraction”
The famous warehouses are now primarily house flats, apartments, restaurants and bars, with the main redevelopment taking place in the 80’s and 90’s. The proximity to the centre of London has attracted many wealthy city workers and The London School of Economics houses students nearby, so expect a knowledgeable crowd.
The section of river next to Shad Thames is known as ‘The Pool of London’, one of the deepest parts of the river where large ships and vessels are commonly spotted. Alongside the stunning views of Tower Bridge Shad Thames residents are treated to everyday, the Tower Bridge Exhibition takes you into the higher parts of the bridge and delves into the history and mechanics behind this piece of globally recognised architecture.
As development in the area continues at a steady pace, the converted warehouses are still the main attraction. The flats and apartments maintain their period features and the ones with balconies overlooking the Thames are some of the cream of the London crop.
Eating & Drinking
The Anchor Tap was first owned by John Courage rendering it a piece of public house history. These days it is a top London pub offering private parties and a selection of in-house games as well as the usual shenanigans.
The Design Museum attracts many tourists and industry specialists every year. The exhibitions of product and graphic design will leave you with a head full of ideas whilst the quaint Blueprint Café will leave you with a belly full of delicious food!
Travelling to Shad Thames
Shad Thames is so central that many residents don’t need to use public transport very often, but when they do, Bermondsey, London Bridge and Tower Hill stations are all nearby.