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St. Katharine's Marina
and the TOWER BRIDGE
ANNE of CLEVES
1½-bathroom, 2-story London
maisonette apartment, the
Cleves apartment is a comfortable lodging for
four to six
persons. The apartment occupies the second and third
floors of a building bordering
by the 1,000-year-old
London. The marina’s
sequestered location along the
River Thames provides shopping, dining, and services in a quiet pedestrian refuge with a yachting atmosphere while
allowing easy access to all of Central London.
St. Katharine's and the
Tower of London were witness to much of the drama of
ENGLAND. During the Middle Ages,
and his six wives were royal
patrons of the St. Katharine’s hospice that occupied
the site of today's St. Katharine's Marina
serving as both a hospital and a lodging for travelers and
pilgrims. The king and his wives were often in residence at the
TOWER OF LONDON,
then a royal palace as well as a fortress.
ANNE OF CLEVES
was wife #4 (reigning
1540, following #3
SEYMOUR and ahead — no pun
intended — of #5
“Flanders Mare”, knew the Tower least of all of Henry’s wives, for her
marriage lasted only 6 months before ending in annulment: Henry divorced
Anne and sent her away officially because she had been promised to
another man prior to her marriage to
Henry. The reality
was probably that Henry had no interest in
Anne, but found a
younger, prettier woman, Kathryn Howard among the queen’s courtiers who
interested him plenty.
No longer queen,
Anne became designated as “The King’s Sister”, living out her days in
the opulent Hever Castle, ancestral home of the Boleyn family. Anne
outlived her erstwhile husband by ten years before herself dying a
natural death in 1557 and being buried in Westminster Cathedral. No such
peaceful end for the man who brought Anne and Henry together.
Henry VIII’s chief minister-advisor, having fallen out of favor with the
king for, among other things, arranging Henry's marriage to Anne, was
imprisoned at the Tower of London. There he was executed there by an
inexperienced lad who required three chops before separating Thomas from
Cromwell. Such were the neighbors at the Tower of London in July, 1540.
ANNE OF CLEVES APARTMENT:
WITH PATIO ACCESS
Anne of Cleves Apartment’s
upper floor has two double bedrooms (both with queen beds; one with
access to a small balcony), a bedroom with bunk beds (full-sized beds),
and a full bathroom (with
tub-shower). A hair dryer is provided.
Downstairs is a
comfortable living room (with twin, red leather sofas, and large,
flat-screen, satellite TV, a well-equipped eat-in kitchen (large
side-by-side refrigerator-freezer with ice/water dispenser in the door, microwave, coffee maker,
dishwasher, oven with overhead broiler, toaster, and clothes
washer-dryer), and dining area with butcher-block table and leather
upholstered bar stools. A powder room (toilet & sink) is set at the base
of the stairs to the upper floor.
A furnished patio opens off the living room. The patio is walled in, private
and protected from the wind.
nearby (75 yards away) marina is not visible from
apartment, views from the windows and the small upstairs balcony
BUNK BEDROOM ON THE
are of landscaped gardens within the marina complex.
ACCESS TO SMALL BALCONY
apartment is spacious, well-equipped, comfortable, and well-kept. Its
optimal occupancy is four to six persons, and is especially well-suited
for families. Entrance to the apartment is on the lower (second)
floor via a wrought iron gate that opens with an electronic code.
THE VERY WELL-EQUIPPED
INCLUDES A WASHER/DRYER
to the apartment building
is up a flight of stairs by the entrance to the marina. The complex is safe, upscale, well-managed, and clean. Where needed, the buildings
of the marina complex have stainless steel
lifts (elevators) that are spotless and
GLEAMING BATHROOM WITH
arrival, guests are shown into the apartment by our
representative, who opens the apartment, explains its
workings, and tells a little about the marina and its neighborhood. The
apartment's owners, who live approximately 30 miles away, are available
by telephone throughout your stay to answer any questions
you might have. If a problem with the apartment occurs, they will come
to the apartment or, if necessary, send a repairman.
THE APARTMENT'S SETTING
The Anne of
belongs to the apartment complex of
beautiful, peaceful, upmarket St. Katharine's Marina by the Tower of
London. This location provides a serene, pedestrians-only, marina
with easy access to the Tower of London, the Tower Bridge, the historic
pubs of East London, pedestrian promenades on both sides of the River
Thames, and, via conveniently located Underground trains, trains of the
Docklands Light Railway, London buses, and Thames river cruisers, to all of
St. Katharine's Marina —
The East Dock
from AN UPPER FLOOR OF THE BUILDING THAT HOUSES THE ANNE OF CLEVES
is located on the north bank of the
about a five-to-eight-minute walk from the famous
The apartment is a
7-to-10-minute, traffic-free walk from the
TOWER HILL UNDERGROUND STATION
(subway trains) and
(for the Dockland Light Railway),
a 3-minute walk to a bus stop for London’s well-known
red buses, and a 3-minute traffic-free walk to St. Katharine's Pier for
access to Thames river cruisers.
TOWER BRIDGE SEEN FROM ST. KATHARINE'S
PIER BY ST. KATHARINE'S MARINA
DICKENS INN: 2
RESTAURANTS & A PUB
IN THIS 18TH
CENTURY BREWERY IN
THE HEART OF ST. KATHARINE'S
MARINA TWO MINUTES FROM THE ANNE OF CLEVES APT.
The Marina is a traffic-restricted pedestrian zone, which does
not permit cars other than for a few
privileged residents who are provided with underground parking.
Strolling to the period 18th century
or to any of several of other marina restaurants and cafés is a
pleasure. The marina offers exclusive shopping at several small
boutiques. There is also a
coffee shop in the center of the marina and a
convenience store at the southwestern entrance to the
marina across from the Tower
Bridge steps and the underpass to the
After a day of sightseeing in the hustle and bustle of downtown
London, you will find the marina’s quiet atmosphere a real joy. On the
outside edge of the Marina is a state-of-the-art
ideal for guests wishing to make good use of the apartment’s
fully equipped kitchen. In the small shopping
the supermarket there is also a laundry/dry cleaner, a deli café,
artisanal bakery, and unisex hairdresser.
WAITROSE SUPERMARKET: 2 TO 3
MINUTES WALK FROM
THE APARTMENTS AT ST. KATHARINE'S MARINA.
The Anne of
Cleves Apartment is at the southeastern corner of Central London, an area
defined by the Circle Line of the London Underground. Using underground (subway)
and overground trains, red buses, and Thames riverboats, all of Central London
plus much of Greater London is within convenient reach.
St. Katharine's Pier on
the River Thames
St. Katharine's by the
Tower Bridge on
the River Thames
St. Katharine's Pier on
is by the lock accessing
downriver from the
Bridge. The pier is the local stop for Thames Cruisers and other river
boats with services down the Thames to Greenwich and up the river to the
Tate Modern Museum, Shakespeare's New Globe Theatre, and Westminster
Pier by Parliament. Riverboats — many of which are valid using the
London Transport pass Home At First provides its guests — provide a
pleasant travel alternative in nice weather to riding the Underground
trains and the red buses.
THE TOWER OF
LONDON — LONDON'S #1 VISITOR
ATTRACTION — IS A 5-MINUTE TRAFFIC-FREE
WALK FROM THE ANNE OF CLEVES APARTMENT.
Katharine’s Marina is just five minutes, traffic-free walking from London’s
number one attraction,
THE TOWER OF
LONDON. The 1,000-year-old
fortress occupies the southeast corner of the original Roman city of London.
This 2,000-year-old city is today’s vibrant square mile of banking and
international commerce, a mixture of post-modern skyscrapers and great history.
(as it is known) offers museums, restaurants, and pubs of all sizes and styles
(and for all budgets). It also has historic
churches, open and covered
markets, and some of Europe’s great architecture, including the
THE GHERKIN (30 ST MARY AXE)
and a growing number of distinctive skyscrapers, and
ST. PAUL'S CATHEDRAL.
Tracing both sides of the River Thames are
pedestrians-only "pathways". Within traffic-free walking distance of St.
Katharine’s Marina are such attractions as the
SHAKESPEARE'S NEW GLOBE THEATRE, the
super Ferris wheel,
Great restaurants and
pubs line the pathways on both shores, including several
historic pubs still lining the river in suddenly-upscale
COCKNEY EAST LONDON.
distance but easily reached by Underground, bus, river boat, and light
rail in 30 minutes or less are all the famous attractions
of London, e.g.:
WESTMINSTER & PARLIAMENT
SOUTH BANK THEATRES
COVENT GARDEN THEATRES
THAMES CLIPPER RIVER BOAT PASSING ST. PAUL'S
CATHEDRAL ON ITS WAY FROM ST. KATHARINE'S
PIER UPRIVER TO WESTMINSTER PIER.
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