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.
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.