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Shad Thames

A historic riverside street besides Tower Bridge. Lined with tall Victorian warehouses.

TravelCurious Tip

In Shad Thames there’s a great little independent cinema and relaxed bar hybrid called Shortwave. Perfect place to wait any rain out!

Rags to Riches

Shad Thames is a historic riverside street found next to Tower Bridge, but the name is also used to describe the surrounding area. In Victorian times, Shad Thames was home to the largest warehouse complex in London, however during the 20th century business left and the area was forgotten and derelict.


The last few decades have seen something of a renaissance for Shad Thames. The empty but picturesque warehouses were converted into trendy flats, but the whole area retains is 19th century character. Iron bridges and overhead goods gantries connect the warehouses together, and many of the buildings have kept names signifying their original purpose. See, for example, Tea Trade Wharf and Court, or the rather more exotic Cayenne Court.


Sir Terence Conran is the man to thank for the wharf’s regeneration. He was a designer, architect and early sponsor of their developments here. He also opened the Design museum and a handful of stylish restaurants, including the Blueprint Café with its special panoramic view of the city.


St. Saviour’s Dock was once one of London’s most squalid areas, described by none other than Charles Dickens as being among “the filthiest and strangest localities hidden in London,” and by The Morning Chronicle as “The Venice of Drains” (that’s a good one). Nowadays it’s full of luxury apartments and film crews: you may recognise the setting from one of Pierce Brosnan’s finest outings, The World is Not Enough.

Nearby Attractions

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Tower Bridge
London's iconic bridge across the River Thames, with two beautiful Victorian towers.
Potter's Field Park
These fields were once the homes of potters, but are known today for having been the burial grounds for paupers.
The Dixon
The historic, Grade II building was erected between 1902 and 1905 as the Magistrates Court and police station for over a century. It reopened in 2018 as a boutique hotel.
Shakedown Coffee
The hotel’s homage to coffee and the roastery it has built in a former cell attest to the former prison, and the coffee the cops used to pass between cells to inmates while swapping stories.
John Butler Dixon
The hotel takes its name from its famed architect, who designed over 200 police buildings in London. Despite the expanse of his work, no pictures remain of the architect.
Courtroom Bar
The old courtroom now serves as The Dixon’s bar and is renown for its espresso martini, though its artwork and architecture are equally captivating.

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