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A NEW PUBLIC SPACE HOSTING CAFES, RESTAURANTS AND SHOPS WITH TOWER BRIDGE AS ITS STUNNING BACKDROP

With a colourful history of spice trading, pirate activity, Dickensian novels and overlooked by Tower Bridge, Shad Thames is an area of London that is rich in heritage.

The next chapter has begun with the arrival of Courage Yard, a new multi-purpose public space that will host an exciting mix of events, cafés, restaurants and shops on the former site of the original Courage Brewery.

Courage Yard

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Centuries of spices had
infused the brickwork of
the building

Catherine Bailey

The Secret Rooms

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History

In December 1787 the
Aberdonian John
Courage purchased
a small brewhouse
on this site.

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The building is an expression of the historical continuity, for brewing on the river has always been an important feature of London’s Thames-side. Brewing in Southwark is mentioned by Chaucer, and Horselydown by Shakespeare.

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The original part of this building dates from 1871 and was largely rebuilt in 1894 – 1895. Reconstructed, restored and refurbished in 1985 – 1989, it is now a Grade II listed building situated in the Tower Bridge Conservation Area.