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199 Bermondsey Street, SE1 3UW
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The original Watch House, which gives this mini chain of coffee shops its name, is housed in a unique Bermondsey Street building, once a shelter for men guarding St Mary Magdalane Church graveyard at night. Today it provides shelter and warming coffee to locals, commuters, families and dog walkers using the neighbouring St Mary Magdalane Park - just as those guards would have done 200 years ago. Preserving the legacy of the building, traditional Victorian materials and finishes were used in its renovation - from the limestone wash on the walls to Victorian tiles on the floor. Order single origin filter coffee or blend house espresso, choose a sandwich and enjoy this cosy spot in south central London.


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Hilton London Tower Bridge
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel † from £82† 22% off
5 More London Place, SE1 | 7 minutes from The Watch House
This plush, modern hotel south of the historic Tower Bridge is very convenient for exploring London. Just five minutes from the Tube station, it's 10 to ... More
Apex City of London Hotel
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel † from £110† 25% off
1 Seething Lane, EC3N | 14 minutes from The Watch House
With Tower of London, London Bridge and St. Paul's just a step away, this hotel has a great location for both business and leisure travellers. It's ... More
DoubleTree by Hilton Tower of London
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel † from £64† 23% off
7 Pepys Street, EC3N | 16 minutes from The Watch House
The brand new purpose built DoubleTree Hotel Tower of London is a few minutes walk from Tower Hill and Fenchurch Street stations. With iMac entertainment systems ... More
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2B More London, Riverside, Bankside, London SE1 | 6 minutes from The Watch House
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Cardamom Bldg, 31 Shad Thames, SE1 | 8 minutes from The Watch House
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Pret A Manger
London > Restaurants > Cafes and Delis
8 London Bridge Street, Bankside, London SE1 | 10 minutes from The Watch House
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Village East
London > Restaurants > British restaurants
171-173 Bermondsey Street, SE1 | Same location as The Watch House
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Zucca
London > Restaurants > Italian restaurants
184 Bermondsey Street, SE1 | 1 minute from The Watch House
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Antico
London > Restaurants > Italian restaurants
214 Bermondsey Street, SE1 | 1 minute from The Watch House
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London > Events > Exhibitions †Dates: 17th July 2019 to 17th July 2029
The Watch House, London, SE1 | 5 minutes from The Watch House
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Shortwave Cinema
London > Entertainment > Cinemas
10 Bermondsey Square, Southwark, London SE1 | 2 minutes from The Watch House
Shortwave films, a company whose primary objective was to promote emerging film and video artists, have set up this independent cinema in Bermondsey Square. As you'd ... More
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The Architecture Foundation
London > Entertainment > Arts Centres
Ground Floor East, 136-148 Tooley Street, Bankside, London SE1 | 6 minutes from The Watch House
Established in 1991, The Architecture Foundation is a non-profit agency for contemporary architecture whose programme of events and exhibitions promotes its core belief that architecture enriches ... More
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Bridge Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
3 Potters Fields Park, Bankside, London SE1 | 7 minutes from The Watch House
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St Mary Magdalen Bermondsey
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
193 Bermondsey Street, SE1 | Same location as The Watch House
The church of St Mary Magdalen in Bermondsey once formed part of Bermondsey Abbey which was founded in the 8th century. While the ... More
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White Cube Bermondsey
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
144-152 Bermondsey Street, SE1 | 1 minute from The Watch House
Jay Jopling's third - and largest - White Cube art gallery in London is located on Bermondsey Street and set in a former 1970s warehouse. At ... More
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Fashion and Textile Museum
London > Attractions > Museums
83 Bermondsey Street, SE1 | 3 minutes from The Watch House
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Bermondsey Square Antiques Market
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Bermondsey Square, Southwark, London SE1 | 2 minutes from The Watch House
What started in 1855 as a place to trade with impunity (ie stolen goods bought here didn't have to be returned) is now the busy weekly ... More
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Maltby Street Market
London > Shopping > Markets
Maltby Street, Bermondsey, Southwark, London SE1 | 4 minutes from The Watch House
With Borough Market getting more and more popular, some vendors have opened up shop underneath the railway arches at nearby Maltby Street. More of an informal ... More
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London > Shopping > Bath and Kitchen
Brunswick House, 30 Wandsworth Road, Southwark, London SW8 | 4 minutes from The Watch House
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Mimo London
London > Education > Cookery Courses
1 Cathedral Street, Borough Market, SE1 | 13 minutes from The Watch House
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London College Of Communication
London > Education > Professional Training
Elephant & Castle, Elephant and Castle, London SE1 | 18 minutes from The Watch House
From a clutch of excellent courses in London, this is the best and among the premier specialist media courses in the world. Formerly London College of ... More
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Workers' Educational Association
London > Education > Evening Classes
4 Luke Street, Shoreditch, London EC2A | 34 minutes from The Watch House
National charity for adult learning which also runs an excellent selection of theatre, literature, history and politics evening classes.... More
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Snowsfields Wellness
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
41 Snowsfields, SE1 | 6 minutes from The Watch House
It's a relief to step into Snowsfields Wellness, with its shelves of carefully selected healthy and organic products. Unlike plenty of other places, each of the ... More
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MoreYoga Tower Bridge
London > Leisure >
7 Horselydown Lane, SE1 | 7 minutes from The Watch House
Two years after launching its first studio in 2016 MoreYoga, which has studios across London, added this Tower Bridge space. The 14th yoga studio from the ... More
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Potters Fields Park
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
City Hall, 110 The Queens Walk, Bankside, London SE1 | 8 minutes from The Watch House
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Loyal Tavern
London > Nightlife > Pubs
171-173 Bermondsey Street, SE1 | Same location as The Watch House
In September 2019, Bermondsey institution Village East becomes the Loyal Tavern as ex Duck & Waffle executive chef Tom Cenci teams ... More
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The Garrison Public House
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
99 - 101 Bermondsey Street, SE1 | 2 minutes from The Watch House
Oh how we wish we lived in Bermondsey, then we could call this gem of a pub our local. We'd stop in for a regular drink ... More
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The Anchor Tap
London > Nightlife > Pubs
23 Horsleydown Road, Bermondsey, Bankside, London SE1 | 7 minutes from The Watch House
Situated on the south side of the Thames in the Tower Bridge Conservation Area, this historic Southwark pub offers a truly traditional English experience. From the ... More
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Hide Bar
London > Nightlife > Bars
39-45 Bermondsey Street, SE1 | 3 minutes from The Watch House
Conveniently located on the ground floor of the International Wine & Spirit Centre on Bermondsey Street, a stone's throw from London Bridge, it comes as no ... More
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40 Maltby Street
London > Nightlife > Wine Bars
40 Maltby Street, Southwark, London SE1 | 4 minutes from The Watch House
Under the railway arches on Maltby Street is a food lover's paradise, filled with shops from the likes of St John Bakery, Monmouth Coffee, Kernel Brewery ... More
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Nine Lives
London > Nightlife > Bars
8 Holyrood Street, SE1 | 6 minutes from The Watch House
The founders of Sweet&Chilli, experts in cocktail research and creation, are behind this late night Bermondsey Street cocktail bar. Set in a Victorian ... More
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London City Hall
London > Business > Venue Hire
City Hall, The Queen's Walk, Bankside, London SE1 | 8 minutes from The Watch House
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Old Billingsgate
London > Business > Venue Hire
Old Billingsgate Market, 1 Old Billingsgate Walk, City, London EC3R | 13 minutes from The Watch House
A magnificent 19th-century market building designed by Sir Horace Jones and entirely renovated in 1988 by acclaimed architect Richard Rogers. At the foot of the City, ... More
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Tower of London
London > Business > Venue Hire
Waterloo Block, City, London EC3N | 13 minutes from The Watch House
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Illuminated River
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The Shard 7 minutes walk from The Watch House

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Exhibitions | Until 21st February 2021 

Tate Modern 20 minutes walk from The Watch House

Immersive installations with an emphasis on sound and moving image by the Indiana-born artist, shown alongside poetic sculptures and neon ...More

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Exhibitions | Until 15th November 2020 

Tate Modern 20 minutes walk from The Watch House

A major retrospective of the American pop artist's work, featuring well-known images such as the iconic pop prints of Marilyn ...More

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Exhibitions | Until 24th January 2021 

Tate Modern 20 minutes walk from The Watch House

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