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Shad Thames

Shad Thames, SE1

Area overview

Shad Thames is a historic riverside area next to Tower Bridge in Bermondsey, South East London.

During the Victorian era, Shad Thames included the largest warehouse complex in London. The warehouses accommodated huge quantities of tea, coffee, spices and other commodities, which were unloaded and loaded onto river boats and transported across the globe. Shad Thames saw much decline during the 20th century, but an extensive regeneration programme during the 1980s and 1990s transformed the area into a luxury waterside destination filled with shops, restaurants and warehouse conversions.

Shad Thames is a pretty area with cobbled streets and a historic market place. The area has a variety of cafes, bars and shops, and is home to architects, art galleries and wine merchants. The area has a bustling delicatessen and cafe culture, with places like Tentazioni serving delicious fresh pasta, salads, hot specials and traditional Italian deli counter items.

The area that fronts onto the Thames, known as Butlers Wharf, is awash with high-quality, waterside restaurants such as The Chop House, Le Pont de la Tour, and Cantina del Ponte. Just outside the development, and within the Tower Bridge conservation area, is The Anchor Tap, a traditional English pub overlooking the river where Dr Samuel Johnson is said to have compiled his English dictionary. For relaxed drinks and music, head to Most Cafe Bar in the vault under Tower Bridge.

Property in Shad Thames

Shad Thames has a diverse mix of architecture and property types, including stunning modern riverside penthouse apartments, converted warehouses and wharves with spectacular views of the River Thames, and more traditional Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian buildings on tree-lined streets. Horselydown Lane and Gainsford Street are always popular and as such often expensive. Towards the river, the famous Butlers Wharf House still attracts high demand, as do the newer developments at Spice Quay Heights and Tea Trade Wharf.

The River Thames at Shad Thames

There are plenty of year-round activities and attractions to be enjoyed along this stretch of the River Thames. Some highlights include:

  • The Design Museum, founded by Terence Conran
  • Tower Bridge, just along the river path
  • A leisure boat from St Katharine Docks
  • Tate modern, HMS Belfast, the Globe theatre, the Tower of London, Bermondsey Market - all within a stroll away

Transport in Shad Thames

  • Nearest tube stations at London Bridge and Tower Hill
  • Overground rail services at London Bridge
  • Regular bus services include the 42 to Liverpool Street, the 47 to Shoreditch and the 188 to Euston
  • TFL Riverboat transfers and river tours along the Thames stop at Tower Millennium Pier and St Katharine Docks

riverhomes – Waterside Property Experts in Shad Thames

As the largest independent specialist selling and letting riverside properties in the Shad Thames SE1 area, very few people know the Thames like us.  From tide times to local river events and the best waterside restaurants and pubs, riverhomes estate agents have the river knowledge.

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