Thanks to its location, Tower Bridge remains a highly sought after area of London in which to live or invest.One of London’s most historically important areas, nearby landmarks include the Tower of London and Tower Bridge itself, from which the area derives its name.
Encompassed within the wider business district known as the Pool of London, stretching between London Bridge and just past Tower Bridge, the area is a mecca for business owners and executives looking to get a foot on the property ladder, although many families also choose to relocate here due to the wide variety of activities and education opportunities living in Tower Bridge affords.
The formation of the Tower Bridge area truly began with the creation of Tower Bridge itself, which was constructed between 1886 and 1894 to allow for a greater passage of commercial traffic in the East End of London. In order to allow ships with tall masts to have continued access to the thriving Pool of London port, which was still very much active, it was decided that a suspension design with the ability to raise the two equally sized “leaves” was required. Since then, the bridge has played a key role in promoting business on both sides of the river, as well as being a draw for the thousands of tourists flocking to London each year.
Although business regeneration and improvement is the overwhelming focus of the area there are still plenty of shopping and leisure opportunities available. For shopping, Oxford Circus is 19 minutes on the tube in one direction and the new Westfield shopping centre in Stratford next to the Olympic Park is 13 minutes in the other direction.
A 20 minute walk south over Tower Bridge and along the south bank past the Scoop amphitheatre and HMS Belfast, you will find Borough Market, London’s most renowned food market with exceptional British and international produce. Continue a bit further and you'll pass a replica of Sir Francis Drakes' Golden Hinde, The Clink - England's first prison, the Globe Theatre, Tate Modern and then the footbridge back over the Thames towards St Paul’s cathedral.
For more pubs, cafes and bars in a picturesque setting, there is the partially cobbled street of Shad Thames, running along the south side of the Thames, with Tower Bridge at its west end, set back behind a row of converted warehouses and loft style apartments; it then takes a 90 degree turn south along St Saviour’s Dock.
Explore all of London - Oxford Street, the West End theatres, Buckingham Palace, Natural History Museum, Science Museum, the V&A, the Royal Parks (boats on the Serpentine). All are easily accessible by tube, regular or open top bus, black cab, river taxi or even Boris bikes!
Going east, Greenwich is a 20 minute ride on the River Taxi which stops right in front of the Tower of London or an easy trip on the DLR through Canary Wharf.
Tower Bridge estate agents will delight in sharing the venues for food and drink in the area, you are quite simply spoilt for choice. Next to London Bridge and the Tower of London on the North West side is a Wagamama for noodles, a Bodeans for ribs and BBQ, and a Starbucks. Charming and picturesque St Katherine Docks across the road on the North East side of the bridge has an excellent range of bars and restaurants - St Katharine Docks has a great atmosphere and is one of Central London’s best kept secrets. Brick Lane's curry houses are a 10 minute walk away. If you like to dine with a view, head for a spectacular view from the Heron Tower's two restaurants or sky bar - at 175 metres above the city. The restaurants are called Sushi Samba and the Duck and Waffle. Or head south of the river over Tower Bridge, for Le Pont de la Tour on the river bank. Famous for top end French cuisine Pont de la Tour has fantastic views of the Bridge. Alternatively, walk past City Hall and the Scoop amphitheatre towards HMS Belfast moored on the south bank and you'll find Gaucho, Dim T, Strada, Pod, Pret a Manger, a Bagel Street deli and an M&S simply food. Every budget and palate catered for.
Tower Bridge Road remains one of the most in-demand streets in London for residential property, and as a result, those seeking to move to the area can expect to pay relatively high prices. Fortunately, there are plenty of great bargains to be found, with the best stock of new units to be found within the spectacular One Tower Bridge development. Looking into the future, the Trafalgar Place development is now nearing completion and offers luxury living a little further away from the bridge itself but with the stunning views over the Thames.
Due to the prestigious SE1 postcode, parents looking to move to Tower Bridge need not worry about the quality of education their children will receive. Along with numerous private schools in the area, and the ability to travel across the river with ease, there are a number of state schools ranked “Outstanding” by Ofsted including Harris Academy for Girls in Bermondsey and mixed school St Michael’s Catholic College. Additionally, there are five primary schools within Tower Bridge, one of which – St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School – has also received Ofsted’s “Outstanding” rating.
Other schools and colleges nearby include: Westminster School (2.9 miles), St Pauls Cathedral School (1.4 miles), Goldsmiths (3.9miles),
Kings College (2.5 miles), Imperial College London (5.6 miles), Royal College of Art (5.5 miles)
As Tower Bridge lies in the heart of London, transportation options for commuters are more or less unlimited. Along with the good road access afforded by London and Tower Bridges, commuters can choose to use the Tube via nearby Tower Hill Underground Station which operates services on both the Circle and District lines. Tower Bridge is in Zone 1 on the London Underground.
Take advantage of the Dockland Light Railway Station, at Tower Gateway. London Bridge Station is a 20-minute walk or about a £6 taxi ride and Fenchurch Street station is a 5-minute walk. River Taxis are available from Tower Pier, which is right next to the Tower of London. Alternatively, taking the bus or hopping on a Boris Bike are both great ways to travel around London.
Tower Bridge occupies a prime position on London's South Bank. British Rail and London Underground stations are both a short walk away providing easy access to London's airports and beyond.
From Gatwick airport it is only 30 minutes on the train to London Bridge station (Southern or First Capital Connect trains run 2-3 times an hour) or take a Gatwick Express train to Victoria station.
London Bridge station - 9 mins (walk)
Bank - 2 mins (journey time)
Canary Wharf - 7 mins (journey time)
Bond Street - 9 mins (journey time)
City Airport - 21 mins (journey time)
Heathrow Airport - 41 mins (journey time)
No where in London is far away from properties in Tower Bridge!