(800) 523-5842

 


– DEAL$
& SPECIAL OFFERS

 

HOT TRAVEL BARGAINS!

 

GET BARGAIN ALERTS

 

IN$TANT DI$COUNT$

 

GET A FREE PROPOSAL!

 

GET A FREE CATALOG

 

-2017-
DESTINATIONS

MANY PRICES STILL WELL
BELOW 8 YEARS AGO!

 

BRITAIN &

IRELAND

 

SCOTLAND
DARE TO COMPARE!

2017 PRICES

IRELAND

DARE TO COMPARE!

CALL 4 2017 PRICES

LONDON

DARE TO COMPARE!

2017 PRICES

ENGLAND
'THE LIONHEART'

2017 PRICES

WALES
'THE PENDRAGON'

2017 PRICES


 
 

PARIS

'LA BELLE'

 

2017 PRICES
DARE TO COMPARE!

PARIS + LONDON

 

 

NEW!

SWI+ZERLAND

6 special regions

2017 PRICES
DARE TO COMPARE!


 

 YOUR DREAM TRIP!  

CUSTOM-MADE

 EUROPE 

FRANCE

GERMANY

ITALY

NETHERLANDS

SPAIN

SWITZERLAND

 

 

bermuda

A PRETTY PLACE PLUS

2017 PRICES
LOWER PRICES AGAIN!


 

HOT!

ICELAND

2017 PRICES

COMBINED

ITINERARIES

 

 

SCANDINAVIA

THE GREAT NORTH

2017 PRICES
WOW! UP TO 14.54% BELOW 2009 LEVELS!

NORWAY

 

SWEDEN

 

DENMARK

 

COMBINED

ITINERARIES

 

 

NEW

ZEALAND

ROAD TRIP!

2017 PRICES
 WOW! UP TO 9.64% BELOW 2009 LEVELS!

NORTH ISLAND

 

SOUTH ISLAND

 

 
CURRENTLY
FEATURED @
HOMEATFIRST.COM
 

EDITOR'S BLOG

 

ADVENTURE

 

PEOPLE

 

GOLF COURSE

 

LODGING

 

EVENTS CALENDAR

 

 
HOME AT FIRST
 

CONTACT INFO

USA & CANADA
(800) 523-5842

WORLDWIDE
+1 610 543 4348

info@homeatfirst.com
 


ENGLAND MAIN PAGE

COTSWOLDS

DEVON & CORNWALL

SHROPSHIRE & CHESHIRE

LAKE DISTRICT

YORKSHIRE

MAP OF ENGLAND & WALES

BRITAIN & IRELAND HOME

IRELAND

SCOTLAND

WALES

HOME AT FIRST's

London

TRAVEL TO DREAM DESTINATIONS WITH ALL THE COMFORTS OF HOME

BRITAIN & IRELAND

ENGLAND LONDON

The BREWERY Apartments

Bermondsey by the Tower Bridge

 

 

TOWER BRIDGE FROM BUTLER'S WHARF IN BERMONDSEY
All Photos This Page © Home At First

          Looking for a vibrant, central base from which to explore London? From the spacious, modern Brewery Apartments in fashionable Bermondsey, the shopping and dining locally is excellent, and traveling throughout London is easy and convenient. Visit medieval castles and great cathedrals and walk through 2,000 years of history. Discover your own favorite neighborhood pubs. Explore London and take day trips by train to any of hundreds of destinations in England and Wales within day trip reach. After busy days exploring London and Britain, return to your comfortable, modern apartment in trendy Bermondsey each evening.

THE HISTORY & SETTING

Historic Shad Thames is now nearly unique: a relic of the days when the cobbled street divided long rows of warehouses. Crossing above the street are several gantry walkways that once permitted workers to move goods from warehouse to warehouse without descending to street level. Shad Thames street now warehouses one of London's most prestigious rows of restaurants. Photo © Home At First.
THE GENTRIFICATION OF DICKENS'S LONDON:
SHAD THAMES — A RELIC OF THE DAYS
WHEN WAREHOUSES DOMINATED THE
BUTLERS WHARF AREA OF BERMONDSEY.
TODAY THE  STREET WAREHOUSES A
PRESTIGIOUS ROW OF RESTAURANTS.

          The Brewery Apartments are just south of London’s landmark Tower Bridge in the Bermondsey section of the London Borough of Southwark. Bermondsey has a long and checkered history, with associations dating back to the time of William the Conqueror, when Cluniac monks established Bermondsey Abbey in 1082 just south of where The Brewery Apartments are located today. King Henry VIII dissolved the abbey in 1537 when he nationalized the Roman Catholic Church, and the abbey then fell into ruin. By the 19th century Bermondsey had become a London slum so notorious that Charles Dickens set his novel of impoverished orphans, Oliver Twist, here. During World War II, Bermondsey suffered aerial bombing during the Nazi Blitz. Over the last thirty years Bermondsey has progressed through a rehabilitation that has resulted in its renaissance into a trendy neighborhood with

 

many eclectic restaurants, shops, businesses, and residences. The revitalized neighborhood centers on the old warehouse and tanning district south of the River Thames and astride the railway tracks emanating from Bermondsey’s own London Bridge Station. Bermondsey also offers some friendly local pubs, an important antique market (Bermondsey Market), a state-of-the-art riverside shopping mall (Hay’s Galleria), and a few special-interest museums (including THE London Dungeon, the warship HMS Belfast, and The Design Museum). The urban renewal of Bermondsey has brought great change to the old neighborhood. Although some buildings, like The Brewery Apartments and the restaurants along Shad Thames, have kept their historic facades, there is significant new public-use open space (including the wonderful riverside Queen’s Walk) and daring architecture (especially Europe's tallest skyscraper THE SHARD, and the leaning bee-hive of the new London City Hall) to convert Bermondsey into a forward-looking, upscale neighborhood attracting new residents and businesses.

 

Magnificent Tower Bridge from Shad Thames. Photo © Home At First.
THE MAGNIFICENT TOWER
BRIDGE FROM SHAD THAMES —
5-MINUTES WALK FROM
THE BREWERY APARTMENTS.

 

 

          Paralleling the river one block south is the Shad Thames (a corruption of "St. John at Thames"), the last remaining cobbled street lined with old stone warehouse walls and crossed with latticed gantry walkways that once permitted workers to move goods from warehouse to warehouse without descending to street level. Like the riverfront, the Shad Thames is home to several noted restaurants, including Le Pont de la Tour, where former British PRIME MINISTER AND MRS. TONY BLAIR once dined with former U.S. PRESIDENT AND MRS. BILL CLINTON. Fortunately, the area also offers numerous other restaurants to suit most tastes and budgets, as well as coffee shops (yes, there’s a STARBUCKS), grocery stores, traditional pubs, galleries, and dress shops, all within easy walking distance of many visitors’ attractions.

London's new City Hall — the leaning bee-hive — is a landmark of Bermondsey's renaissance. Photo © Home At First.
London's new City Hall ALONG THE RIVERSIDE QUEEN'S WALK — the
leaning bee-hive — is a landmark
of Bermondsey's renaissance.

 

 THE APARTMENTS

 

INNOVATIVE GLASS & STEEL CATWALKS LEAD TO MODERN APARTMENTS
CONSTRUCTED INSIDE THE BRICK SHELL OF A FORMER BERMONDSEY BREWERY

A tastefully decorated queen bedroom at The Brewery Apartments. Photo © Home At First.
QUEEN BEDROOM IN A 1-BEDROOM APARTMENT .
SEE A SAMPLE 1-BEDROOM APARTMENT

          Exemplary representatives of the renaissance of London’s Bermondsey neighborhood, The Brewery Apartments are modern lodgings occupying the space of a former London ale brewery. The conversion maintains the architectural shell of the historic brick brewery, and adds contemporary steel and glass structural elements for the interior.
          Spacious, brightly colored rooms with blond wood floors give the apartments a luxurious, modern atmosphere. Apartments are available in various sizes: studios, one-

 

bedrooms, two-bedrooms (sleep up to 4 persons), and three-bedrooms (sleep up to 6 persons). Importantly, all bedrooms have queen-sized beds only (no twin beds, single beds, or sofa beds available). Every apartment is unique. Some have balconies; some offer broadband internet connections; some offer telephone direct-dial service (connection fee charged); and DVD machines are available by request. But at the very least, all Brewery apartments have these amenities:

 

Kitchens with all the usual appliances (fridge, stove, coffeemaker, dishwasher) —  most with ovens, but some with microwave ovens instead (can be confirmed in advance)

Bathrooms with showers (no bathtubs), some ensuite

Laundry facilities: washer/dryer

Dining areas or dining rooms with table & chairs

Living rooms with TV (mostly LED flat panel TVs)

Telephone & WiFi internet access available

Elevators in the apartment building

Central heating

24-hour emergency maintenance service

Office staffed from 7AM to midnight daily

Maid Service at the end of each week’s occupancy

 
Modern, bright, and colorful — open-plan living room with dining area of a Brewery Apartment. Photo © Home At First.
OPEN-PLAN LIVING ROOM/DINING AREA OF A
2-BEDROOM BREWERY APARTMENT (see sample)

 

 THE LOCATION

 

LOOKING WEST FROM THE CENTER OF THE TOWER BRIDGE TOWARD LONDON BRIDGE,
BERMONDSEY'S MODERN SKYLINE LINES THE SOUTH BANK OF THE RIVER THAMES,
COMPETING WITH THE BURGEONING SKYLINE OF THE CITY ON THE NORTH BANK.
LARGELY TRAFFIC-FREE WALKWAYS LINE THE RIVER BANKS TO WESTMINSTER.

The Tower of London — London's most popular visitor attraction — is 10-minutes walk from The Brewery Apartments. The 1,000-year-old fortress is only half as old as London's Roman walls located at its base. Photo © Home At First.
THE TOWER OF LONDON — LONDON'S MOST
POPULAR VISITOR ATTRACTION — IS JUST
10-MIN. WALK FROM THE BREWERY APTS.

          The best-known local visitor attraction is the TOWER BRIDGE, just 5 minutes walk from The Brewery Apartments. The Tower Bridge isn’t simply another pretty place it’s the access to attractions on the north side of the river (THE TOWER OF LONDON, ST. KATHARINE'S MARINA, THE CITY), and very importantly the nearest Underground Station to The Brewery Apartments: TOWER HILL, requiring a walk of 12-15 minutes (or a bus ride of 2-4 minutes). Tower Hill Station is connected by two Underground lines (Circle and District) to all of Central London in 30 minutes or less.

 

          LONDON BRIDGE STATION is a second

Underground access that is only slightly further (14-17 minutes on foot; 3-5

minutes by bus) from The Brewery Apartments. It provides access to the Jubilee Line and the eastern arm of the Northern Line of the London Underground as well as mainline rail service to points throughout southeastern England (including GREENWICH, CANTERBURY, DOVER, WIMBLEDON, and RYE).
         
Thames river cruisers are reached across the Tower Bridge at St. Katharine’s Pier and the Tower Millennium Pier and at London Bridge City Pier just west of Hay’s Galleria in Bermondsey. For trips outside of London, London Bridge is the closest railway station, but all of London’s major rail stations are within 30 minutes of Tower Hill and London Bridge

 

Tower Hill Underground Station, about 15 minutes from The Brewery Apartments, offers excellent access to all points in Central London. Photo © Home At First.
TOWER HILL UNDERGROUND STATION
OFFERS EXCELLENT TRANSPORTATION
CONNECTIONS THROUGH CENTRAL LONDON.

Underground Stations. 

LOCAL

ATTRACTIONS

THE HMS BELFAST NAVAL MUSEUM — PERMANENTLY MOORED
IN THE THAMES AND ACCESSIBLE FROM THE SOUTH BANK

          There is, of course, no shortage of things to do in London. Using the Underground, the buses, the river cruisers, and some local trains, you can travel easily from Bermondsey throughout London to see and do anything on your bucket list.
          Surprisingly, many of London's top attractions are within walking distance of The Brewery Apartments in Bermondsey. Walking to these local attractions adds to your enjoyment, as you will experience London like a local resident and be fascinated by the shops, restaurants, parks, and unexpected sights you discover along the way. Here is a partial listing of local attractions walkable from The Brewery Apartments:

Trendy Borough (open-air) Market offers a wide variety of foods 15 minutes west of The Brewery Apartments. Photo © Home At First.
TRENDY BOROUGH MARKET

LOCAL ATTRACTIONS

THE DESIGN MUSEUM

HMS BELFAST NAVAL MUSEUM

THE SHARD – EUROPE'S TALLEST BUILDING'S VIEWING PLATFORM

THE LONDON DUNGEON

HAY'S GALLERIA MALL

THE CLINK PRISON MUSEUM

SOUTHWARK CATHEDRAL

BOROUGH OPEN-AIR MARKET

SHAKESPEARE'S GLOBE THEATRE

THE TATE MODERN ART MUSEUM

THE TOWER BRIDGE EXHIBITION

LONDON'S NEW CITY HALL

THE TOWER OF LONDON

THE MILLENNIUM BRIDGE

THE SOUTH BANK ARTS CENTRE

THE LONDON EYE

The London Eye, reachable in about 45 minutes of strolling the Queen's Walk from The Brewery Apartments. (Take the bus or Underground back home.) Photo © Home At First.
THE LONDON EYE

           Walking in any direction from The Brewery Apartments promises interesting discoveries. For instance, walk north two blocks towards the Tower Bridge. Then turn east onto Shad Thames, a preserved street of old warehouses that has been converted into a foodie's paradise of eclectic restaurants. Shad Thames leads to The Design Museum, one of London's most eclectic and award-winning museums, set to move to a new and much-larger quarters in London's Kensington section in 2016.

Historic marker on Shad Thames. Photo © Home At First.
HISTORIC MARKER ON SHAD THAMES

 

 

          One of our favorite walks in London follows the south bank of the River Thames from TOWER BRIDGE to SHAKESPEARE'S NEW GLOBE THEATRE and THE TATE MODERN MUSEUM. Here's our story about this walk, we call THE ANCHOR PUB, taken from our LONDON ACTIVITIES GUIDE, provided to all HOME AT FIRST London guests. We hope reading about it makes taking the walk one of your travel dreams for London. HOME AT FIRST makes it possible to experience the London of your travel dreams.

 

 

 

HAY'S GALLERIA
SHOPPING MALL
ALONG THE QUEEN'S WALK
ON THE WAY TO THE ANCHOR PUB.

 

APARTMENT AVAILABILITY
For current availability information, call
HOME AT FIRST:
 
(800) 523-5842 (US & Canada toll-free) or +1 610 543 4348 (worldwide),
or contact us by e-mail at:
info@homeatfirst.com.

Learn more about travel with HOME AT FIRST to LONDON

YOUR DREAM TRIP BEGINS BY CONTACTING
HOME AT FIRST