Living & Property In Tower Bridge
Tower Bridge is one of London’s most recognisable landmarks and connects the East End Borough of Tower Hamlets with the south-east Borough of Southwark. It was opened in 1894 and is Victorian architecture at its finest, acquiring Grade I listed status from English Heritage in recognition of its architectural quality and international fame.
Its nearest tube stations are Tower Hill (on the Circle and District lines) and London Bridge (on the Jubilee and Northern lines) with London Bridge rail services and Tower Gateway, on the DLR, also close by.
The first crossing for the Thames was actually London Bridge, however as the city grew more bridges were needed but only to the west initially. As the east of London became more populated, in 1876 it was deemed that a further bridge was required.
The City of London Corporation, responsible for that part of the Thames, formed a "Special Bridge or Subway Committee" in order to come up with the right design and in 1884, Horace Jones, the City Architect, came up with it. Eight years and five contractors later, Tower Bridge was finished and represented the largest and most sophisticated bascule bridge ever completed. In 1910, due to a lack of use the high level walkways, designed to allow pedestrians to still cross the bridge when the crossing was raised, were closed. It wasn’t until 1982 that the walkways re-opened as part of the new Tower Bridge Exhibition.
Things to do in Tower Bridge
The Tower Bridge area, between the popular London Bridge and Aldgate areas, offers easy access to the City, Canary Wharf, and other parts of the capital. The lively Bermondsey Street is close by with its many bars and restaurants, as is the South Bank with a range of restaurants and attractions including the Tate Modern, Shakespeare's Globe theatre, the London Eye, and the British Film Institute IMAX. Nearer to London Bridge are the Fabric and Textiles Museum, the Design Museum, British War Museum, Borough Market, the London Dungeon and the London Bridge Experience.
Tower Bridge Property
There’s a host of great flats to rent in Tower Bridge such as those at the popular Shad Thames with its swanky warehouses, cobbled streets and plentiful character and history. These apartments are fitted to an extremely high standard with original features such as brickwork and beams. The tall industrial buildings are truly eye-catching with their high walkways criss-crossing from one building to the next. These are ideally situated for professionals who enjoy the close proximity to the City and Canary Wharf yet yearn for a spacious outlook which the balcony view overlooking the Thames certainly provides.
Additionally, the complexes come with welcome perks 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.
Much of the local area has been very successfully regenerated over recent years with Elephant and Castle currently in the midst of a multi-million pound makeover. At present, Elephant and Castle is one of the most affordable areas within Zone 1 of the London Underground, while homes on the Old Kent Road are very reasonably priced and consist of one or two bed flats and some terraced and semi-detached properties.
The nearby Bermondsey offers more homes with period features, such as the Dickensian warehouses of The Jam Factory and Butler’s Wharf. Another major development is Bermondsey Spa, between Spa Road and Jamaica Road, which will ultimately see the construction of more than 2,000 new homes. This is a joint venture between Southwark Council and the Hyde Group and will create two new health centres, an NHS dental practice, pharmacy, youth and play facilities, re-landscaped open space, shops and new council offices.
To find out more about what this area has to offer, plus the wide range of property in Tower Bridge available, please contact our Tower Bridge estate agents office on 020 7407 1066.