The Bear Pit takes its name from the 16th century theatre and bear-baiting arena that once stood on the site. You can see it clearly shown on London’s oldest surviving map, published by Braun and Hogenberg in 1572.
To modern ears, bear-baiting doesn’t sound much fun but it was hugely popular in Tudor times. Thankfully those days are long past and it’s now a Grade II listed building that has been converted into two meticulously designed duplex apartments. Properties of such character and grandeur rarely come onto the market as new builds.
Step out from the front door and you are in the heart of London’s Bankside. The Globe Theatre and the river Thames are literally round the corner. Few properties offer such access to sophisticated London living. The Tate Modern and Borough Market are both within 500m; Blackfriars, London Bridge and Southwark tube stations are all an easy walk.
You would be hard pressed hard to find a Victorian building more splendid than Dover House. It has been restored to its former glory to create nine breathtaking apartments. The interiors are by the world-renowned Argent Design.
These are now being sold off plan. Completion is expected to take place in the second quarter of 2015.
Built in 1895, the building was formerly the Dover Castle Hotel and Restaurant. The ornate billiard room and mirrored grill room are fine examples of Victorian good taste and craftsmanship. This has been echoed in the development. Argent Design have spared no detail and the lavish interiors do more than justice to the majestic exterior.
Dover House is located on Lower Marsh at the centre of London’s cultural quarter. It’s a short stroll the Old and Young Vic theatres, the National Theatre and the South Bank’s eclectic bars and restaurants. A hop over Waterloo Bridge and you’re in Covent Gardens and the West End’s shops and theatres. Or, if your taste buds are twitching you can wander down the road to sample the delights of nearby Borough Market.
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