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The Apartments at
St. Katharine's Marina

by the Tower of London and the TOWER BRIDGE

QUEEN MARY 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 (center).

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 the notorious Queen Mary I ("Bloody Mary"), 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 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.

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LIVING ROOM OPENING ONTO THE FURNISHED BALCONY

THE 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 THE LARGE
CAPACITY HOT WATER HEATER.

 HOSTING: 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.

QUEEN DOUBLE BEDROOM

 

KITCHEN WITH LARGE FRIDGE,
MICROWAVE, DISHWASHER, & DINING AREA.

 

MODERN BATHROOM WITH LARGE SHOWER

 

LIVING ROOM SHOWING OPEN QUEEN SOFA BED

 QUEEN MARY 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 — December

Balcony view from the Queen Mary I apartment overlooking
St. Katharine's Marina
with the Dickens Inn pub (left-center — behind the boats).
In the background (left) 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 SETTING: ST. KATHARINE'S MARINA is located on the north bank of the RIVER THAMES about a five-to-eight-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 LOCK ENTRANCE TO  ST.
KATHARINE'S MARINA. NOTE THE SHARD SKYSCRAPER.

 

 

The popular 18th century Dickens Inn in the center of St. Katharine's Marina has two restaurants and a pub. Photo © Home At First.
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 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.

The state-of-the-art Waitrose supermarket is 2-3 minutes walk from the Apartments at St. Katharine's Marina. Photo © Home At First.
 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

          St. Katharine's Marina on River Thames is just 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, open-air 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.

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

the LONDON EYE super Ferris wheel,

 

exciting TATE MODERN art museum, 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


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
AT
WESTMINSTER BY BIG BEN AND PARLIAMENT.

HARROD'S DEPARTMENT STORE (30min).

 

 

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