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De Walvisch Captain's Cabin

England / London
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Full description
A sumptuous, creatively restored cabin aboard a captivating 19th century vessel, moored just 500 metres from Tower Bridge.

You're guaranteed a warm welcome fit for a ship's captain as you step aboard the historic Dutch sailing ship De Walvisch, peacefully moored close to London's iconic Tower Bridge.

Owners and artists Thomas and Angel are responsible for the ship's stunning restoration, after they rescued it from dereliction. These days, the friendly couple live on board with their young children, running various cultural and creative events directly from De Walvisch - and the proceeds from your stay will go directly towards the continued maintenance and restoration of the beautiful ship.

So, what about your gleaming Captain's cabin?  

Accessed by a historic bulkhead door and perfect for two, you'll discover a solid teak, lovingly hand-crafted double bed in the panelled-and-enamelled reclaimed hardwood room, surrounded by authentic maritime antique fixtures, and a working submarine sink.

There's a solid brass porthole for you to glimpse the ship's original chain locker and prow through, and in case you're wondering whether you might be shivering (me timbers) in the winter cold... don't! The insulated ship is kept perfectly toasty all year round, with the help of a log burner in the main hold, and plenty of radiators.

Shared on-board bathroom facilities are spacious and plentiful, with an indulgent, full-sized bath and a piping hot shower.  Meanwhile, if you want to watch the hustle and bustle of London go by from your sparkling riverside spot, there's a furnished outdoor deck at the bow. Just bring drinks and conversation, and you're all set.

Oh, and did we mention that you'll be invited into the deckhouse (known as the roef) every morning to enjoy a hearty English breakfast? Prepared by your hosts from fresh, free-range ingredients, your meal will be served from Navy silver, on antique royal crockery. What a way to start the day!

Fed and watered, you're free to explore the thriving capital to your hearts' content. You'll find Thomas and Angel are fountains of knowledge about the local arts and culture scene, though if you want to go it alone, you could start with St. Katherine Docks, a mere three-minute wander away. Here you'll discover a wealth of cafés, bars and restaurants, along with temptingly scented world food stalls, and the occasional boat-related event.

You'll have to walk for double the time to reach Tower Bridge and the Tower of London (a full 6-8 minutes, in fact!) - but crossing the bridge will bring further rewards, including the buzzing creative hub that is the South Bank, and many more bars and restaurants to sample.

Best of all? You get to throw yourselves into all the fun, hectic busy-ness of London, knowing that when it all gets too much, you can simply retreat to the calm and welcoming comfort of your tranquil Captain's cabin.

Things to note

Check in after 3pm, check out by 11am. Pets not permitted.  Breakfast is served every day on request, except Sundays.  Please note that the ship rocks with the river tides, so may not be suitable if you suffer from seasickness. Access involves climbing stairs and adhering to safety regulations. Wi-Fi is available on board, however the signal is weak in the bedroom.
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The basics

The basics

Region: London
Cost (from): £95 per night
Sleeps: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Minimum stay: 2 nights
Property ref: 1444

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Cabin for 2 guests.  Access via stairs and bulkhead door: bespoke bed, submarine sink, antique accessories, viewing porthole to prow and chain locker.  Use of outdoor decking area.  Shared bathroom facilities: bath, shower, WC.  Freshly cooked breakfast served each morning. 

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Walking, cycling, historic monuments, tourist attractions, art galleries, creative spaces, restaurants, bars, cafés, local events.

At a glance

At a glance

  • A gleaming, antique-strewn cabin for two, on board a historic and creatively restored Dutch sailing ship, peacefully moored just 500 metres from London's Tower Bridge.
  • The ship is fully insulated and heated in winter. Generous bathroom facilities are separate and shared.
  • There are no kitchen facilities in the cabin, though you will be served a freshly cooked English breakfast each morning in the deckhouse.
  • Access bars, restaurants, culture hotspots, and some of London's most popular landmarks within just a few minutes' walk. There are excellent local transport links.

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