Historic ship captain's cabin, Tower Bridge

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Private room in boat hosted by De Walvisch

  1. 2 guests
  2. 1 bedroom
  3. 1 bed
  4. 1.5 shared bathrooms
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The master cabin of historic 19th C sailing ship De Walvisch, moored 500m from Tower Bridge. A solid teak hand-crafted double bed set into a luxurious hard-wood, panelled and enameled room, complete with own submarine sink and antique fixtures. All stays on board ship include a cooked English breakfast in the mornings, served in the ship's galley from Navy silver. Like a house, the ship is fully insulated and centrally heated - it is not cold in winter!

The space
The ship De Walvisch is a fully functioning historic Dutch sailing klipper, built in 1896. It is owed by the artists Zatorski + Zatorski, who live on board with their children, and who have lovingly and painstakingly restored the vessel over the past 8 years, using reclaimed hardwoods and marine antiques.
De Walvisch is an ex-cargo ship, that used to carry eels from Holland to London - restored to her original lines and with all her round wood replaced, she is one of the finest examples of a 19th C sailing Klipper in the UK.
The bow bedroom is the master Captain's cabin of the ship, with a bespoke-built solid teak double bed. A solid brass porthole, from the SS Transylvania, allows a view to the chain locker and prow of the ship. An antique submarine sink with hot and cold running water folds down from the wall. Access to the room is through a watertight bulk head door, which came from the HMS Intrepid, the ship on board which the Falkland Islands were surrendered back to the British.
There is central heating throughout the ship, as well as a wood burning stove in the main hold to heat the vessel, with an original ornate 19th C French cast-iron radiator in the bow. Like a house, the ship is fully insulated and when the weather is cold we turn on radiators...she is not cold in winter!
There are two cabins available to book as guests on board, the Captain's cabin and the First Officer's Cabin.

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Paid parking off premises
Long-term stays allowed

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Where you’ll be

Greater London, United Kingdom

De Walvisch lays on a residential mooring for historic ships on the river Thames, a stone's throw from Tower Bridge, on the North side of the river. Land-side you are in the heart of Wapping, a once-thriving working docklands area, still resplendent with historic wharf buildings and riverside pubs. St Katharine Docks, a 3 minute walk away, offers many cafes, restaurants and bars as well as world food stalls on a Friday and boat-related or cultural events throughout the year.
Tower Bridge and the Tower of London are a 6-8 minute walk away; crossing the bridge takes you to the South Bank westward, or Shad Thames and more bars/ restaurants to the East side. Brick Lane, famous for curry houses, and the Whitechapel Art Gallery are within easy walking distance North, and the Tate Modern, The Globe Theatre and Borough Market are within a half an hour walk along the South Bank. There is a Waitrose supermarket only a few minutes walk away and small local shops that open late.
Though you are only 500m from some of the busiest tourist attractions in London, being on the river itself means that you do not hear traffic noise and you are shielded from some of the hustle and bustle of busy street London…instead you will hear seagulls, the swishing of waves against the river bank and the rise and fall of the tides.

Hosted by De Walvisch

  1. Joined in July 2012
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We are two artists, Thomas & Angel who are restoring the historic ship De Walvisch, having completely re-rigged and rescued the ship from near dereliction. We have three young children and we live on the ship as a family. We run cultural projects, events and cinema evenings on board and aim to create a unique and inspiring environment for artists, writers, scientists and adventurers to experience. Our events are not-for-profit and we do not run the ship as a business, any funds that are received from a visitor's stay go directly towards the maintenance and ongoing restoration of this important historic vessel.
We are two artists, Thomas & Angel who are restoring the historic ship De Walvisch, having completely re-rigged and rescued the ship from near dereliction. We have three young chil…

During your stay

Zatorski + Zatorski, Thomas and Angel, will be your hosts - you will be warmly welcomed upon your arrival and they will be on board throughout your stay for any questions, advice or assistance. As long-time London residents, Z+Z have a wealth of local knowledge, particularly of the art and culture the city has to offer and they are always happy to advise those new to the city.
Breakfast on board is served from Navy silver and with antique royal crockery. We make an English cooked breakfast with all produce free-range. Breakfast is served every day (if requested) except Sundays.
Zatorski + Zatorski, Thomas and Angel, will be your hosts - you will be warmly welcomed upon your arrival and they will be on board throughout your stay for any questions, advice…

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Check-in: After 15:00
Check out: 11:00
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No pets
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