Introducing Shad Thames
Running from Tower Bridge to Bermondsey, Shad Thames is one of the most photogenic areas of London. Essentially it’s a collection of warehouses that were once piled high with the spices and commodities unloaded from the ships, and many of the buildings still carry the names – Tamarind, Cinnamon, Cardamom, Fennel, Ginger, Cumin, Coriander, Anise – of their particular booty.
Although the last of the warehouses were closed in 1972, the area was back on the up in the late 1990s as these well-located, characterful redbrick hulks were converted into luxury lofts, the first in a series of regenerative waves that would transform London.
The Butler’s Wharf building and the Cardamom building were at the heart of the regeneration, joined by a remarkable series of criss-crossing foot bridges above the streets, once used to roll barrels. They look like the set of a Sherlock Holmes movie or some steampunk fantasy.
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Best known for
Local resident Terence Conran..
..who has pumped a good deal of his personal fortune into the area establishing the Design Museum and the Pont de la Tour restaurant.
The walkways which criss-cross the street high overhead
Originally used as bridges to roll barrels and the like between warehouses. They are now used as balconies by the adjoining apartments.