As Lou Reed famously said, 'Take a walk on the riverside'. All right, we might have misheard the lyrics to that song here at Estates IT. But if you happen to be in the market for a location close to the riverside, then boy have we got a location for you.
Picture London from above - preferably without the Eastenders theme tune thundering inside your head (unless you like that sort of thing?). Watch where the River Thames writhes and glitters like the scales of a silver dragon snoozing in the sun. Imagine what it would be like to wake up every morning with a first-class view of that river. Fantastic...
Of course, plenty of areas in London offer riverside properties. Glide south-east of the centre, over the City of London and London Bridge, until you arrive at Shad Thames. Recognise it? Of course you do. Thanks to the area's proximity to famous landmarks including Tower Bridge, as well as its cobbled streets and character-filled buildings, it has become a rather popular location for films and TV programmes. Dozens of film producers have seen the attraction, with hits such as Bridget Jones' Diary, A Fish Called Wanda and James Bond: The World is Not Enough helping Shad Thames reach a global audience.
Like the idea of walking past a camera crew every other day of the week? Read on for more information.
When it comes down to it, you won't find more character-filled properties to live in anywhere else in London. Centuries of playing host to various industries have left a vast number of empty warehouses in the district, many of which have been converted into living space. Perhaps the most unusual aspect of these buildings is that they often come retaining their original features. From gorgeous brickwork to winches and signwriting, there are plenty of characteristics sure to suit those seeking a more bohemian lifestyle.
Uniquely, many of the warehouses are named for the commodities that were originally stored in them, so if you fancy living somewhere with a name like Vanilla & Sesame Court or Tea Trade Wharf, this is the place to be. Properties with balconies are particularly desirable considering the area's aforementioned stunning views, so try to get one of those if it's within your price range. Nothing beats looking out across lovely London during the summer with a glass of wine (red for preference, thanks) in hand.
So that's the buildings but what kind of person are you likely to find living in Shad Thames? The area's proximity to the City of London means that there are plenty of suits residing here. Consequently, rental prices are extremely high to take this into account - as well as the astounding views and gorgeous streets. Even a house share with other professionals has the potential to set you back as much as £750 per week on average, not including bills.
It's not just Square Mile workers wandering the streets, though. The London School of Economics has one of its residence buildings based in Shad Thames, so your neighbours could be hard-partying students or hard-partying bankers.
How do you know you're in Shad Thames? Easy - just look up at the skies. If you see walkways criss-crossing between the buildings above you, you're there. These were originally used to transport cargo from warehouse to warehouse via the roof, and they're considered the most unique and quirky feature of the area.
Shad Thames is south of the river, lodged between Bermondsey and London Bridge. As such, transportation links are excellent, particularly if you happen to commute to Kent. One can be as far south as Hastings within a couple of hours, with Sevenoaks and Tunbridge Wells just half an hour and forty-five minutes down the line respectively.
Northbound travellers will have a tougher time of it as a Tube trip is necessary, but even so, this is not usually a particularly painful experience if you avoid the rush hour. London Bridge or Bermondsey Tube Stations are your best bet here depending on where you are, with the Jubilee and Northern Lines providing services into the capital or out towards Canary Wharf and Stratford. If you don't fancy the Tube, jump in one of London's famous black cabs or red buses - you'll find plenty around Shad Thames.
While green spaces are few and far between here, you will find a spectacular gem in the form of Potters Fields Park. Just next to City Hall, it's a very pleasant place to stop and observe the rather splendid views over Tower Bridge. The cafe is highly recommended.
Geography and surroundings
The name Shad Thames actually refers to a single riverside street, although the term has gradually become used to describe the surrounding area over the decades. Here, you'll find bustling hub positively overflowing with riverside restaurants, specialist cafes and bars full of buzzing atmosphere. Absolute bliss on a Friday afternoon. We recommend the Blueprint Cafe and the Butler's Wharf Chop as particular highlights.
Another typical day out in Shad Thames might also feature the Design Museum, which features a frequently-changing exhibition focused around graphics and product design. Venturing further west, you'll find a number of other areas of interest, including the nearby Tower of London and Tate Modern. Such important cultural attractions mean that the district is now bustling with tourists, ensuring a vibrant living location.
So when you put the equation together, the combination of spectacular views, fantastic properties and a lively atmosphere, it's easy to see why Shad Thames is such a hotspot for students and bankers looking for a good time. The one negative aspect of the area's growing popularity is that prices are rising all the time. For this reason, if you're planning to move here, start your research sooner rather than later.
Property To Rent in Shad Thames SE1, SE16
£450 per week
A superbly presented studio apartment with private terrace situated within this exclusive lift serviced riverside development only moments from Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, the Tate Modern, the Millennium Bridge and Borough Market. The property is located within easy walking distance of London Bridge and Blackfriars Tube stations with St. Pauls being situated just across the river.
There are a wide range of bars, restaurants and shops within walking distance of the property which benefits from wooden floors, a fully remote control bed release / storage unit, a fitted kitchen, private terrace and contemporary décor throughout.
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£550 per week
A stunning one bedroom apartment situated within this exclusive lift serviced riverside development only moments from Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, the Tate Modern, the Millennium Bridge and Borough Market. The property is located within easy walking distance of London Bridge and Blackfriars Tube stations with St. Pauls being situated just across the river.
There are a wide range of bars, restaurants and shops within walking distance of the property which benefits from wooden floors, a fully fitted kitchen, fitted wardrobes and contemporary décor throughout.
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Tenant Fees May Apply
£350 per week
A bright and sunny one bedroom apartment on the 3rd floor of a well known and popular local authority block moments from Southwark Bridge and the River Thames. The block has a secure entry-phone system to control access to the building and lifts to all floors. The property has been modernised and is decorated in a neutral style. There is double glazing throughout the property.
The reception is open plan and provides a large and bright space with a triple aspect. There is a balcony leading from the lounge area. The fully fitted kitchen has fridge-freezer, washing machine and gas hob with electric oven. There are wooden floors throughout the property except the bedroom area which has carpet. The bedroom is on the interior side of the building facing away from the road and the square itself is set back so the room is quiet. The fully tiled bathroom has a shower above the bath.
Southwark underground station on the Jubilee Line is a very short walk and connects to Stratford and Canary Wharf going east and Green Park and Baker Street going north. Waterloo main line station is under 10 minutes walk with access to all parts of London via train, tube or bus. The City and the West End are both in walking distance of the property. River taxis are available at Bankside Pier.
This location provides some of the best amenities London has to offer on your doorstep. The Southbank has a vast amount of cultural and social activities including the National Theatre, British Film Institute and the many bars and restaurants. Bankside is one of the most improved parts of inner London and is now known as the Artists Quarter and this has been spear-headed by Tate Modern which is a short walk. Local shops and restaurants can be found on famous roads like The Cut or the markets and cafes on Lower Marsh Road.
Furnished and available March 1st 2017.
Tenant Fees May Apply
£323.20 per week
Clarke and Lloyds property consultants are pleased to offer this fantastic 1 bed flat close to Tower bridge and Borough station. The flat has been renovated recently and offers spacious accomodation throughout.
The accomodation includes Spacious bedroom, seperate living room with dinning area, fitted kitchen which is compact and very easy to manage and good size bathroom.
Enviable location with large number of local ammenities available including Shops, supermarkets, bars, restaurants etc. Transport Links include Borough station, Bermondsey station and excellent bus links available for swift acces into central london. Ideal for professionals working around london bridge and bank area.
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