Gabriel’s Wharf is an enchanting and quirky riverside destination that is full of specialty shops, restaurants and cafés that were originally old garages with shop fronts added. The design shops are almost all exclusively run by small businesses who design and manufacture their own textiles, designer home accessories, fine art, jewellery and gift ideas.
It is squished between the London Television Centre and Bernie Spain Gardens (near Oxo Tower Wharf) at Southbank.
Check out the Gourmet Pizza Co for a family friendly riverside restaurant, or the House of Crepes café for one (or three) freshly made sweet and savoury crepes in 40 different varieties. The Wharf offers great views across the Thames River with delicious Mediterranean food while Studio Six is a lively bar and beer garden with amazing food that is not too pricy.
Transport For London (tube, overground, bus and ferry maps) –http://www.tfl.gov.uk/gettingaround/1106.aspx
Barclays Cycle Hire map –https://web.barclayscyclehire.tfl.gov.uk/maps
How to get there:
Nearest Train & Underground Station:Blackfriars Station, Southwark and Waterloo Station.
The closest stations are Waterloo or Southwark. However Blackfriars Station is on the north bank (opposite) of the Thames River.
The Northern Line, Jubilee Line and overground trains from all over London and south England stop at Waterloo Station.
The Jubilee Line goes through Southwark tube station.
The District Line and the Circle Line go throughBlackfriars Station.
Nearest stops on the south bank of the Thames River are located at Oxo Tower on Broadwall Street, Coin Street on Stamford Street and Waterloo Station.
RV1 (to/from Covent Garden & Tower Gateway), 381 (to/from Peckham) and N381, 521 (to/from Waterloo Station and London Bridge Station, 176 (to/from Penge and Tottenham Court Road Station), 59 (to/from Telford Avenue and Kings Cross Station), 68 (to/from West Norwood Station and Euston Station), 171 (to/from Newquay Road and Holborn Station), 188 (to/from North Greenwich Station and Russell Square Station), 1 (to/from New Oxford Street and Canada Water Bus Station).
Blackfriars Millennium Pier is the closest pier but on the opposite side of the Thames River. Simply walk across Blackfriars Bridge and go right, past OXO Tower Wharf and the Bernie Spanish Gardens.
The River Bus (do not confuse with The River Tour) will operate every 15-30 minutes and stop at Bankside Pier from London Eye, Embankment, London Bridge, Canary Wharf, Woolwich Arsenal and Greenwich.
Tip: purchase your ticket from the ticket office prior to boarding the boat. Adult tickets are £5.40 for Oyster holders.
Barclays Cycle Hire:
The nearest docking stations are located at Milroy Walk (on Stamford Street), Stamford Street and the Waterloo Roundabout.
Another is located at Queen Victoria Street at St Paul’s on the north bank of the Thames River (walk over Millennium Bridge).