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Shad Thames London
London SE1 2YE
TfL Fare Zone 1
 
 
This small area in Bermondsey on the south side of the River Thames stretches from Tower Bridge downstream and includes St Saviour’s Dock and New Concordia Wharf.
 
It is now a peculiar combination of Dickensian London without the squalor, and with upmarket, expensive housing.
 
The warehouses have been turned into riverside apartments but still retain their characteristic hoists, winches, brickwork, large sign-writing and overhead walkways used to roll barrels between warehouses. Some of the streets are still cobbled and it is a favourite film location.
 
The New Concordia Wharf was the set for the film ‘Oliver’ and who can forget John Cleese’s character Archie being hung upside down out of the window by Otto in 'A Fish Called Wanda'. That scene was shot at Reed's Wharf.
 
Dickens 'Oliver Twist'

In Dickens’ time this area was one of the roughest and filthiest places in London. The eastern corner around St Saviour’s dock became the setting for Fagan’s Kitchen in 'Oliver Twist'. Dickens wrote that you could see the river and mud flats between the floor boards of the tenements and when Bill Sykes tried to escape over the roofs it is said he probably fell into the mud of St Saviour’s Dock and drowned.


Food & Drink
Nowadays there are plenty of riverside bars, cafes and restaurants for tourists to refresh themselves in after wandering around the atmospheric wharves and docks. There are several websites available to help seek out the many restaurants, bars and cafés.
 
A couple of these websites are
 
A quick search of the Shad Thames area on the net will give more links.
 
The whole area is sometimes referred to as ‘Butler’s Wharf’, named after the largest Victorian warehouse which stored tea, coffee and spices. The buildings and streets are named after the commodities they stored such as Vanilla & Sesame Wharf, and Cayenne Court.
 
Design Museum
Shad Thames was an appalling place in Dickens’ time but it has been reborn as a haven for modern designers. The Design Museum located at 28 Shad Thames (right on the Thames) hosts changing exhibitions of modern graphic and product design.
 
There are also lots of other small galleries in the vicinity.
 
Getting There
To find the best way for getting to Shad Thames, visit TfL Journey Planner. 
 
- By Underground
London Bridge Station    Jubilee and Northern Lines 
Walk east along the riverside path known as Queen’s Walk to Shad Thames. About 11 minutes walk.
 
Bermondsey Station       Jubilee Line 
Walk west along Jamaica Road to Shad Thames Street on the right. About 15 minute walk.
 
Tower Hill Station           Circle and District Lines
 
Tower Gateway Station   Docklands Light Railway DLR 
Walk across Tower Bridge and turn left onto Shad Thames street. About 15 minutes walk.
 
- Mainline Rail
London Bridge Station    
Walk east along the riverside path known as Queen’s Walk to Shad Thames. About 11 minutes walk.
 
- By Bus
We suggest that you visit the Transport for London website above and use the 'Journey Planner'
 
Google Maps - Shad Thames