HOME AT FIRST's
TRAVEL TO DREAM
DESTINATIONS WITH ALL THE COMFORTS OF HOME
St. Katharine's Marina
and the TOWER BRIDGE
QUEEN MARY I APARTMENT
A one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment
— a comfortable lodging for
persons in a building
overlooking beautiful St. Katharine's Marina
the Tower of London, a
peaceful refuge from the bustle of London.
St. Katharine's and the
Tower of London were witness to much of the drama of
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 ("Bloody Mary"), Catherine failed to produce a
viable male heir.
Henry VIII had the marriage annulled and married
BOLEYN, in the process
breaking with the Church of Rome and forming
the Church of England. 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.
LIVING ROOM OPENING ONTO
APARTMENT has one queen
bedroom with a marina view, a sizeable, modern bathroom with spacious shower, a living room with a
large TV &
double fold-out queen couch bed, a modern, well-equipped kitchen (microwave,
dishwasher, coffee maker, and large fridge), a tidy dining area by the
kitchen, and a small furnished
balcony looking across the marina toward the Tower Bridge and the Shard,
western Europe's tallest skyscraper. A laundry closet with washer/dryer, iron, &
and large-capacity water heater adds practicality to the apartment.
Like most European city apartments, the apartment is compact, but
well equipped, stylish, comfortable, and lovingly maintained. Its
optimal occupancy is two persons, but it can accept a family of three or
four by employing the sofa bed in the living room.
While the entrance and hallways of the apart-ment building
are undecorated 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.
LAUNDRY CLOSET. NOTE
CAPACITY HOT WATER HEATER.
Guests are met upon arrival by the friendly apartment
resides nearby and opens
the apartment, explains its workings, and is available
throughout your stay to answer any questions you might have.
KITCHEN WITH LARGE FRIDGE,
MICROWAVE, DISHWASHER, & DINING AREA.
MODERN BATHROOM WITH LARGE
LIVING ROOM SHOWING OPEN QUEEN SOFA BED
beautiful, peaceful, upmarket St. Katharine's Marina by the Tower
of London. This location is a serene pedestrian marina atmosphere
access to the Tower of London, the Tower Bridge, and all of
St. Katharine's Marina —
from the Queen Mary I apartment overlooking
the Dickens Inn pub (left-center — behind the boats).
In the background (left) are the landmark Tower Bridge and The Shard,
tallest building. Not visible but a 5-minute walk away, is the marina's
world-famous neighbor, the 1,000-year-old
is located on the north bank of the
about a five-to-eight-minute walk from the famous
The apartment is a
seven-to-ten-minute, traffic-free walk from the
TOWER HILL UNDERGROUND STATION
(subway trains) and
(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 LOCK
KATHARINE'S MARINA. NOTE THE SHARD SKYSCRAPER.
DICKENS INN: 2
RESTAURANTS & A PUB
IN THIS 18TH CENTURY BREWERY IN
THE HEART OF ST. KATHARINE'S MARINA.
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 center by
the supermarket there is also a laundry/dry cleaner, a bookstore,
and a video shop.
WAITROSE SUPERMARKET: 2 TO 3
MINUTES WALK FROM
THE APARTMENTS AT ST. KATHARINE'S MARINA.
St. Katharine's Marina
PEACEFUL • TRANQUIL • CONVENIENT
St. Katharine's Marina by the River Thames
downriver from the landmark Tower
Bridge and the monumental Tower of London. Inside the marina — a
pedestrians-and-boats-only refuge from the frantic traffic of London —
scarcely any loud sound other than the rare boat whistle interrupts the
hush. Friday's popular,
Good Food Market
is more a treat for the nose than an assault on the ears. Outside the
marina life's pace quickly quickens to London's customary alternating
hurry-and-wait lurch, accompanied by the cacophony of traffic and the
pressure of throngs. St. Katharine's is something of an oasis, but
London is no desert. The marina is at most 45 minutes from the remotest
corner of Central London. Served by six modes of public transportation —
tube, bus, boat, train, light rail, and taxi — St. Katharine's makes a
fine base for your exploration of London and beyond. Happily, the marina
is just as easily reached when the end of your day's outing comes. And,
with several excellent restaurant choices and two markets close to your
apartment home, the end of the day comes with the promise that the
evening meal will be tasty and the setting one of tranquil beauty. Bon
appétit. Bonne journée.
THE TOWER OF
LONDON — LONDON'S #1 VISITOR
ATTRACTION — IS AN 8-MINUTE TRAFFIC-FREE
WALK FROM THE KATHRYN HOWARD 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
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
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
THE BRITISH MUSEUM
IT'S EASY TO TRAVEL THROUGH LONDON WITH THE
TRANSPORT PASS HOME AT FIRST PROVIDES ITS
GUESTS, VALID FOR UNDERGROUND TRAINS, CERTAIN
THAMES RIVER CRUISE BOATS, AND LONDON'S ICONIC
RED BUSES, LIKE THIS ONE TURNING ONTO WHITEHALL
WESTMINSTER BY BIG BEN AND PARLIAMENT.
HARROD'S DEPARTMENT STORE
AVAILABILITY: For current availability information, call
HOME AT FIRST at
(800) 523-5842, or contact us by e-mail at: