Hi all - first time poster, so please be gentle(ish).
I'm thinking about moving into one of the smaller flats in the ABs - if anyone who lives there could tell me a bit about what it's like to live there, I'd be hugely grateful.
Also, I've got a few friends who live around the London Bridge end of Bermondsey St, and I know Shad Thames pretty well, but the bit around Grange Road and the Spa is slightly unknown territory to me - so again, I'd welcome any info on how good the buses are, if it generally feels ok to be walking around there late at night, what the recommended bars/restaurants/shops are etc.
Alaska is beautiful- fantastic gardens, peaceful (unless you have ground floor flat over Grange road) and a joy to live in. I have been here 2 years and don't want to leave. 24 hour concierge and 25 minutes to Centre Point on the No1 bus. ..and the architecture is stunning.
Area is changing before our eyes, although it will never lose its Bermondsey roots, which isnt a bad thing. Move before it gets even more expensive to buy- big developments happening on spa road (new park landscaping and medical centre as well as new housing)...and Arancia is a jewel.
It was a factory for treating Alaskan seal fur (hence the seal over the gateway) built in 1869. White Art Deco tower and extension built in the 30's (by same architect as Hoover building- Wallis Gilbert). Closed in the 60's. Redeveloped for offices in 90's. Changed to residential late 90's. there is a book about it in the Local studies library on Borough High Street.