Modern 850 Sq Ft 2nd Floor with Balcony, 5 mins London Bridge
2 Bedrooms (queensize and 2 singles), 2 Bathrooms
Built in 2000, this apartment estate is organised around a courtyard on a cul de sac, 1 minute from the tube station at Borough or 5 from London Bridge. A good apartment for a family, the second bedroom with two single beds. They have proper spring mattresses but one can be stored under the other if not needed. The apartment is naturally warm with the large immersion tank in the centre. There is window film which will exclude 60% of heat from the sun in the hottest days of Summer. You may find we have listed this apartment elsewhere, Airbnb, HomeAway etc but this listing is the direct one for us as owner. Airbnb is commissionable but you can also book on HomeAway without extra charges. To discuss, call John on +44 (0)207 060 4855.
The location is in Borough. Now, Borough is a few minutes walk south of London Bridge station and the area is replete with historical associations. When you look at Borough High Street, you will notice it is crooked, that reflects its Medieval age and origins. There is also not much left of the original buildings, but a few examples are The George Inn, the oldest coaching inn in the UK. This would be like a medieval Holiday Inn, where you could also cool your horses and these would have lined the street. Also, notice the small easily missed laneways off the street and the names of them, these original names can be traced back to the atmospheric age of early London. Borough High Street was the original street into London town and the route for pilgrims to Canterbury - see Canterbury Tales by Chaucer: there is a blue plaque on one of the laneways near The George commemorating the beginning of the pilgrimage in 15-something.
In any event, the area was originally zoned as 'light industrial' but in recent years has become the most residential of the areas along the South Bank, for instance with more shopping like Sainsbury and Tesco catering for the residents, who are drawn from the area, which includes the large Guys hospital, and the City. There is an artistic community associated with Bermondsey Street, for instance in the Glass Factory which has its own glass blowing furnace, and names like Leathermarket suggest earlier days. Some parts have the warehouse look converted to residences.
Our apartment here is convenient for transport to many areas of London. The South Bank Arts Centre is about 10 minutes walk along the street. The riverside is about 7 minutes walk and London Bridge is connected to the Jubilee and Northern Lines and mainline train lines. You may not immediately appreciate that Charing Cross by mainline train is only a few minutes away. Canary Wharf by tube and Greenwich to the south are 10 minutes away. Green Park for the West End is within 10 minutes by Jubilee Line. The Northern Line brings you to Covent Garden (Holborn anyway) in 4 stops. Check tfl.gov.uk for the Maps of tube and train and count each stop as about 2 minutes. Borough tube is closest to the apartment - 1 minute walk, and London Bridge is 5 minutes walk to the Borough High Street entrance.
This second floor apartment has a sunny aspect with its own private balcony jutting out above the landscaped courtyard. From the window, you look down Swan Street and beyond to the remarkable skyscraper that was built recently in Elephant and Castle, the next stop south.
The Borough Food Market is unmissable, a large farmer's market but much expanded at this stage so it provides the highest quality produce from melting Italian gorgonzola to Welsh salt marsh lamb. I go often to Monmouth House for coffee beans, Covent Garden Market shop for milk and cheese, somewhere else for the freshest fish and somewhere else to sit down for a pastry and coffee. Southwark Cathedral is right beside the market, and was associated with the Bishop of London, who remarkably had his own prison, 'The Clink'. Vinopolis is a centre for the wine lover. Shakespeare's Globe is where to go for authentic performances of the bard's plays. The Tate Modern is free in except for special exhibitions and is a must-see, in front of which is the Millennium Bridge, which crosses the river to St Pauls Cathedral. You certainly get value from the South Bank. The full walk is very popular - everyone from morning joggers to evening companions - and has great views of London all the way.