Whether you want to buy a gift for someone special, treat yourself to an individual piece of jewellery or just sip a great coffee and watch the world go by, Gabriel’s Wharf won’t disappoint.

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Gabriel’s Wharf is one of those quirky London shopping areas that locals flock to and visitors discover by accident. Everyone who arrives there stays for longer than they intended to and enjoys the eclectic mix of shops, cafes and restaurants. Set in a picturesque location on the banks of the Thames, Gabriel’s Wharf offers everything within its unique combination of bustling retail and relaxed dining.

History and development

Gabriel’s Wharf, along with the rest of London’s South Bank, has a chequered history. Originally difficult to reach marshland, the area gradually succumbed to industry and the building of London’s busiest station, Waterloo, left it cut off from the river and overcome by smog. Things gradually improved and the landmark OXO tower with its distinctive windows was built in the 1970s. The addition of the South Bank’s London Eye in 2000 to mark the millennium led to an increase in popularity for the area.

What is there to do at Gabriel’s Wharf?

The shops at Gabriel’s Wharf are independent boutiques that give a welcome contrast to the larger stores in the West End. With a distinctive design-led theme, this little South Bank gem has attracted a wealth of artistic and artisan makers and sellers. Each boutique offers individual gifts and treats that will keep even the fussiest of shoppers browsing. It will take some time to exhaust Gabriel’s Wharf extensive and eclectic shopping opportunities, but
all shoppers need a break and Gabriel’s Wharf has an exciting range of eateries from which to choose.

Pieminister offers ‘the ultimate British pie feast’, either to take away or eat on their cosy terrace and, for those who love their technology, The Thirsty Bear pub allows customers to order from the ‘Beer Wall’ or menu from their tables via a tablet PC.

How do I get there?

Gabriel’s Wharf is a short walk from Waterloo Underground Station and can be explored as part of a
longer walk along London’s famous South Bank.
If you fancy a bicycle ride instead, the London Bicycle Tour Company is situated right in the centre of Gabriel’s Wharf and offers both bicycle tours or, if you want a more independent riding experience, bicycle hire. They hold a variety of bikes to suit all requirements including traditional and mountain bikes. Their tours starting from Gabriel’s Wharf are popular. A particular favourite is the private ‘Love London’ tour which takes guests on a cultural tour through London’s West End.

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