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The Apartments at
St. Katharine's Marina

by the Tower of London and the TOWER BRIDGE

QUEEN ELIZABETH I APARTMENT

A one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment — a comfortable lodging for two to
four persons in a building overlooking beautiful St. Katharine's Marina by
the  Tower of London, a peaceful refuge from the bustle of London.

St. Katharine's Marina by Tower Bridge

View of  St. Katharine's Marina. In the center distant background is the evolving skyline
of The City, including the unmistakable "Gherkin" (30 St Mary Axe) skyscraper.

SEE THE ENLARGED, PANORAMIC VIEW

 

THE HISTORY: St. Katharine's and the Tower of London were witness to much of the drama of TUDOR ENGLAND. During the Middle Ages, KING HENRY VIII and his six wives were often in residence at the neighboring TOWER OF LONDON, then a royal palace as well as a fortress. CATHERINE OF ARAGON was wife #1 (1509–33). With her husband, Catherine became royal patron of the St. Katharine’s hospice that had occupied this site since at least the twelfth century when it served as both a hospital and a lodging for travelers and pilgrims. Although her daughter eventually became Queen Mary I, Catherine failed to produce a viable male heir. Henry VIII had the marriage annulled and married ANNE BOLEYN, in the process breaking with the Church of Rome. Anne, too, produced no sons for Henry. However, their daughter followed half-sister Mary to the throne to become one of England's greatest monarchs, Queen Elizabeth I.

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LIVING ROOM, DINING AREA, BALCONY

THE APARTMENT has one twin bedroom, a good-size bathroom with tub/shower, a living room with a TV & double fold-out couch bed, a well-equipped kitchen (microwave, dishwasher, coffee maker, and washer/dryer), and a small furnished balcony looking across the marina toward the Tower Bridge and the Shard, western Europe's tallest skyscraper. A hair dryer, iron, & ironing board are included.
          Like most European city apartments, the apartment is compact, but well equipped, comfortable, and well kept. Its

 

 

BATHROOM WITH TUB/SHOWER

optimal occupancy is two persons, but it can accept a family of three or four by employing the sofa bed in the living room.

QUEEN DOUBLE BEDROOM

Floor plan of Catherine of Aragon apartment © Home At First.
FLOOR PLAN OF THE ELIZABETH I APARTMENT
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          While the entrance and hallways of the apart-ment building are undec-orated and lack a concierge or doorman, the complex is safe (with a coded entry system), well-managed, and clean. The building has stainless steel lifts (elevators) that are kept spotless.
         Guests are met upon arrival by the friendly apartment manager who resides nearby and opens

the apartment, explains its workings, and is available throughout your stay to answer any questions you might have.

KITCHEN WITH CLOTHES WASHER,
    MICROWAVE, DISHWASHER, & PASS-
         THROUGH WINDOW TO DINING AREA.

 

THE SETTING: ST. KATHARINE'S MARINA is located on the north bank of the RIVER THAMES about a five-minute walk from the famous TOWER OF LONDON and the TOWER BRIDGE. The apartment is a seven-to-ten-minute, traffic-free walk from the TOWER HILL UNDERGROUND STATION (subway trains) and TOWER GATEWAY (for the Dockland Light Railway), and a three-minute walk to a bus stop for London’s well-known red double-decker buses.

Tower Bridge from the river entrance to St. Katharine's Marina. Photo © Home At First.
TOWER BRIDGE FROM THE RIVER
ENTRANCE TO ST. KATHARINE'S MARINA

 

 

Tower Hill Underground Station provides quick, convenient access to all of Central London within 30 minutes. Photo © Home At First.
TOWER HILL UNDERGROUND STATION
PROVIDES QUICK, CONVENIENT
ACCESS TO ALL OF CENTRAL
LONDON WITHIN 30 MINUTES.

          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 DICKENS INN pub/ restaurant 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 STARBUCKS coffee shop in the center of the marina and a Tesco Express convenience store at the southwestern entrance to the marina across from the Tower Bridge steps and the underpass to the Tower of London.

 

 

         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 WAITROSE SUPERMARKET, ideal for guests wishing to make good use of the apartment’s fully equipped kitchen. In the small shopping center by the supermarket there is also a laundry/dry cleaner, a bookstore, and a video shop.

Dickens Inn: 2 restaurants and a pub in an 18th century brewery is the social focus of St. Katharine's Marina. Photo © Home At First.
DICKENS INN: 2 RESTAURANTS & A PUB
IN THIS 18TH CENTURY BREWERY IN
THE HEART OF ST. KATHARINE'S MARINA.

 

 QUEEN ELIZABETH I APARTMENT
overlooks
beautiful, peaceful, upmarket St. Katharine's Marina by the Tower 
of London. This location is a serene pedestrian marina atmosphere with easy
access to the Tower of London, the Tower Bridge, and all of Central London.

 

St. Katharine's Marina

Balcony view from the Queen Elizabeth I apartment overlooking
St. Katharine's Marina
with the Dickens Inn pub (center — partially obscured by foliage).
In the background are the landmark Tower Bridge and The Shard, western Europe's
tallest building. Not visible but a 5-minute walk away, is the marina's other
world-famous neighbor, the 1,000-year-old
Tower of London.

 

The Tower of London, London's #1 visitor attraction, is a 5-minute traffic-free walk from the Catherine of Aragon Apartment. Catherine of Aragon herself would have known the Tower and the adjacent St. Katharine's Hospice, now St. Katharine's Marina. Photo © Home At First.
THE TOWER OF LONDON, LONDON'S #1
VISITOR ATTRACTION. THE TOWER
WOULD HAVE BEEN WELL-KNOWN
TO CATHERINE OF ARAGON.

LOCATION: St. 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. THE CITY (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 TOWER BRIDGE, the SWISS RE BUILDING, 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 HMS BELFAST naval warship

museum, SHAKESPEARE'S NEW GLOBE THEATRE, the exciting

 

TATE MODERN art museum, the LONDON EYE super Ferris wheel, and the popular BOROUGH MARKET. Great restaurants and pubs line the pathways on both shores, including several historic pubs still lining the river in suddenly-upscale COCKNEY EAST LONDON.
         
Beyond walking 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.:
GREENWICH (22min), WESTMINSTER & PARLIAMENT (11min), SOUTH BANK THEATRES (23min), COVENT GARDEN THEATRES (30min, PICCADILLY CIRCUS (22min), REGENT'S PARK (25min), THE BRITISH MUSEUM (30min), BUCKINGHAM PALACE (25min), and HARROD'S DEPARTMENT STORE (30min).

AVAILABILITY: For current availability information, call HOME AT FIRST at (800) 523-5842, or contact us by e-mail at: info@homeatfirst.com.

The retired warship HMS Belfast is a floating naval museum moored in the River Thames just west of Tower Bridge—one of many attractions within easy walking distance of Home At First's Catherine of Aragon apartment at St. Katharine's Marina. Photo © Home At First.
THE RETIRED WARSHIP HMS
BELFAST IS A FLOATING MUSEUM
MOORED IN THE RIVER THAMES
JUST WEST OF TOWER BRIDGE.

 

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