LiFE in Shad Thames
Updated on: Jan. 15, 2019, 12:39 p.m.
If you’re familiar with the Shad Thames, then your knowledge of London is very good. Perhaps you recognise the location from films such as Oliver! and The Elephant Man or learnt about it in school, but it’s very different today. Victorian London’s shipping trade centre and largest warehouse site is now an upmarket array of apartments, restaurants and boutique shops, still connected by the old rooftop walkways. From Victorian squalor to victorious chic, talk about an extreme makeover.
This one’s for the foodies. Lining the Shad are various riverside cafes, restaurants and bars—a perfect accompaniment to enjoy the Thames with. Cantina del Ponte evokes Italian-ness with its inviting atmosphere and authentic food, aided by friendly and knowledgeable staff. Regular events, such as Pococello cocktail masterclasses will ensure your creations are molto chic! If wine is more your thing, check out Browns. On Fridays they showcase their array of sparkling wines against a backdrop of glorious food, selling them all at generous prices. For a spectacular view of Tower Bridge, dine on the Le Pont de La Tour terrace, where French architecture and cuisine combine, and expert advice from in-house sommeliers can give your visit that certain je ne sais quoi. So classy. So French.