Coffee, vanilla, sesame, clove and caraway… Butler’s Wharf was erected in 1871 to house some of the world’s rarest commodities. With original brickwork, high ceilings and the Thames rushing directly beneath the windows, that past is never far away. But now, Butler’s Wharf contains something rather different – a spectacular open plan home.
Our host is a traveller as seasoned as any of the ships that once passed by on the water. His business takes him all over the world, where he likes to pick up cartoons; readers of the New Yorker will delight in his extensive collection of original drawings. And what the dockhands would have made of his passion for jazz piano, one can only speculate…
When first those salt-lashed clippers were unloaded, those on the quay gasped with wonder, and so too will you as you as you enter this Grade II converted warehouse. Original windows open out onto the Thames, and, should that prove not spectacular enough, a private balcony directly overlooking Tower Bridge will surely float your boat.
But for all its exposed brickwork and soaring views, Butler’s Wharf is nonetheless a warm and welcoming home. As your feet sink into the creamy expanses of carpeting, you might pad through to the modern kitchen, or flop down onto the snug Liberty print sofa. When the lap lap of the water beings to lull, the comfortable queen-sized bed folds down from the wall, but before you tuck yourself in with our five star bed linen, swab the decks in luxury with our delicious White Company toiletries.
Shad Thames is Dickens’ London; squint, and you can almost see Oliver Twist skittering across the cobbles. But while the area has preserved its past, it certainly hasn’t lost touch with the present. Once, the alleyways were thoroughfares for disembarking First Mates and ships’ cats, now, the bistros jostle for space amidst the bars and bakeries.
The renowned Pont de la Tour restaurant and deli is immediately downstairs, the Design Museum is just round the corner, and a few minutes in the other direction and you’ll wash up at Tate Modern. Should you wish to remind yourself of the city’s less savoury past, the London Dungeon is within walking distance; should you chose to explore the present, then all the delights that the world can offer are arrayed in central London, just across the water.
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