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Top Floor Loft | Shad Thames | SE1

Top Floor Loft | Shad Thames | SE1

Top floor loft apartment

Butlers & Colonial Wharf


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“I’d spotted this place online when I first started looking for a property, but it was already under offer. Then, while I was away on holiday, I noticed it had become available again and I made a beeline for it the minute I returned.” 

So begins the story of Mr G’s ownership of this top floor one-bedroom apartment in the roofline of a converted grain warehouse in Shad Thames, one of the most enchanting quarters of SE1, where loft living first took hold and where Tower Bridge hits the South Bank.

With a floor area of 682sq ft - the size of a typical 2 bedroom apartment in the conventional world - the interior exudes the luxury of space that draws in lovers of lofts. Standing inside, beneath the rich exposed timbers of the vaulted ceilings that float above every room, it’s easy to imagine the rugged commerce from the Port of London’s maritime history, deftly transformed into the most atmospheric of contemporary living spaces.

Mr G loves “curling up and reading a book beneath the beams when it’s cold outside and cosy inside.” The experience of light pouring in through massive four-pane skylights, with views across the skyline towards Central London, evokes a real sense of living well above the street five floors below. In the bedroom this translates into sleeping under the stars.

Tucked into a corner of the open-plan living area, the kitchen has charcoal grey cupboards with copper handles, paired with tiled splashbacks in glossy teal. Built-in bench seating makes full use of the available space and creates a cosy and convivial dining area. The oversized bathroom includes a tub, standalone shower cubicle and plenty of storage under the eaves.

Mr G’s history with the location goes back to his younger days when, living in Guildford, he’d commute to London, get off at Waterloo and be enchanted by the riverside scene. There was something about SE1 that took his heart and so, when the time came to move to London, it was only ever going to be SE1. 

If you’re unfamiliar with this particular corner of the postcode, you are in for a treat. A gastronomic destination on the London dining scene for over two decades, the neighbourhood also retains a distinctly artisanal vibe that sits apart from the more corporate development to have recently graced Tower Bridge Road. 

Longstanding restaurants like Cantina del Ponte, The Chop House and Pont de la Tour have since been joined by a wealth  of places to eat, with favourites of the owner including The Watch House for breakfast, brunch and coffee; the French Bistro Pique-nique; WaWa for Japanese, or great Mexican at Santo Remedio on Tooley Street where, we are reliably informed, you can enjoy “a very nice deep fried locust”.

For a drink, try the Dickensian charms of a pair of historic Samuel Smiths taverns: the Anchor Tap just around the corner on Horsleydown Lane, or The Angel that sits directly on the river.

And whilst everything you need is just a walk away, the aprtment also has its own parking space. So, if you ever need to leave town, you can simply jump in the car.


                                                         Butlers & Colonial Wharf, SE1.


Energy Efficiency Rating (Current)
Energy Efficiency Rating 67%
Energy Efficiency Rating (Potential)
Energy Efficiency Rating 69%
Environmental Impact (C02) Rating (Current)
CO2 Emissions 65%
Energy Efficiency Rating (Potential)
CO2 Emissions 83%


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