Living & Property In Shad Thames
Shad Thames is a small and exclusive regenerated area in Bermondsey which takes its name from a historic, partly cobbled riverside street next to Tower Bridge. It runs along the south side of the Thames, behind a row of converted warehouses, and along St Saviour's Dock. Its nearest stations are Tower Hill, Bermondsey and London Bridge.
Shad Thames (a name coined through the possible corruption of 'St John-at-Thames' and the nearby Shadwell) was once home to the largest warehouse complex in London, in addition to a host of wharves, mills and factories. During the Victorian period the warehouses stored tea, coffee and spices, which were transported via riverboats.
Following a long and steady decline in this area, the last warehouses closed in the 1970s, only to be re-opened in the decades that followed as a range of premium Shad Thames property including newly-converted flats, restaurants, bars and shops. One of the main players in re-developing the area was designer Terence Conran who opened a number of fine restaurants such as Pont de la Tour, the Blueprint Cafe and the Butler's Wharf Chop House.
Conran was also involved in setting up the nearby Design Museum which is popular with designers and tourists who come to appreciate the exhibits including the "Design Museum Tank", a large outdoor glass box, which contains a selection of items from the current exhibition. Shad Thames also includes a variety of cafes, bars and shops, and is home to architects, art galleries and wine merchants.
Shad Thames attractions
Further nearby places of interest include the Tower of London, City Hall, Tower Bridge, Borough Market, the London Dungeon, Golden Hinde, Clink Street and Tate Modern. The Shard – which is Europe's tallest building – is set to be another big attraction in the area. The new Mayor of London's offices are also close by, next to the impressive "More London" development which has energised the area and contributed to a sharp rise in property prices.
Shad Thames Property
The vast majority of flats to rent in Shad Thames, packed into an area covering only 350m x 250m, are warehouses converted to an extremely high standard, complete with their original features such as brickwork and beams. The tall industrial buildings are truly magnificent with their high walkways criss-crossing from one building to the next. Many of the apartments are habited by professionals who are clearly drawn to the appeal of a property in Shad Thames because of its proximity to the City and Canary Wharf and its riverside location which provides some stunning scenic views across the Thames.
In addition to providing that highly desirable expanse of space, the river also offers transport opportunities at Shad Thames as it is next to the particularly deep section of river called the Pool of London. That means full-size cruise ships or naval vessels can stop off here on their journey, police boats and speedboats regularly go past in addition to passenger and leisure boats.
The conversions themselves are the first word in luxury with contemporary and stylish fixtures and fittings blending effortlessly with the Victorian architecture. Common features include: queen size beds, air conditioning, in-room electronic safe, satellite TV, an IDD telephone, fully integrated entertainment systems with hidden wall and ceiling speakers including optional iPod/iPad integration, under-floor heating, LED strip lighting and electronic curtains and blinds.
Most of the warehouses also offer additional facilities such as an intercom system with secure video entry, mail boxes located in the front lobby of the building, a weekly maid service, welcome desk, fax machines, extra phone lines, an office desk and wireless broadband.
To find out more about the area and our selection of Shad Thames property, feel free to contact our Shad Thames estate agents office on 020 7407 1066.