Putney's Hidden Gems

Whilst the bridge is closed take time to discover new or old favourites

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Putney Bridge is currently closed for essential repairs but Putney Town Centre is open for business and would welcome you to come and discover the beauty of Putney, the great range of retail shops, fine restaurants and pubs, relaxing cafes, excellent entertainment and of course the river bank.

Each day during the bridge closure works the Town Centre Manager will identify a gem of Putney which she recommends you visit.

Week 10 - Hidden Gems – Putney Wharf

Tuesday – Putney Wharf
The Putney Wharf project was triggered by the need to improve former industrial land located along the Thames waterfront in the Putney district of London. The land was derelict and generally considered to be an eyesore. The 3.4 acre site included dilapidated warehouses from a defunct brewery and, despite its proximity to the waterfront, was an area where people would not choose to go. The project aimed to turn this area around, and make it a part of Putney where people would choose to live and visit.

The Putney Wharf project was led by the developer St George, who worked with a range of stakeholders, including architects Patel Taylor, John Thompson and Partners, the local church and community, and Wandsworth Council, which was seeking to improve the quality, design and potential for development along the Thames riverside.

The development of Putney Wharf has resulted in a scheme in which people want to live and work. The £55 million development brought 3.4 acres of derelict land back into use, and created a flourishing community of shops, restaurants, bars and office accommodation along with a range of town houses and apartments, which considerably improve the visual appearance of the area.

By opening up access to the river, making the area an attractive place to be and offering a range of shops and bars, the development has dramatically increased the number of people visiting and spending money in the area. The site has changed from an eyesore into a beautiful place to be.

Wednesday - The Boathouse
The Boathouse Pub is the flagship of the Putney wharf development, on the River Thames. Clearly visible from the iconic Putney Bridge the Boathouse stands proudly on the waterfront and is a key feature in the social life of Putney’s inhabitants. While upholding Young’s traditional values of fine Ales, craft beers and great wine The Boathouse also embraces the vibrant and energetic mood of its environment.

Whether you just wish to pop in for a casual bite to eat or have a raucous catch up with friends; they can accommodate all! The bar is spacious and relaxed whereas the upper deck has intimate seating and a more secluded feel. Or try the Riverview Restaurant on the top floor. A stunning setting over looking the Thames with fresh, home prepared food.

Thursday – Carluccios
The popular Italian restaurant Carluccio’s is located on Putney riverfront, just east of Putney Bridge within Putney Wharf. The restaurant has a huge riverfront terrace from which to enjoy the River Thames.

Food is prepared using the best fresh, natural ingredients, and where possible from Italy.

Friday – Alquimia
Alquimia is a local Spanish restaurant located on the Thames Embankment in Putney Wharf. Serving the very best tapas, cured meats, fish and classic Iberian dishes, they cook in a bold modern style. Opened in 2013, the owners had worked together previously in several restaurant kitchens.

With a large alfresco space customers are treated to a wide selection of wines from many of Spain’s famous growing regions, all with Denominación de Origen. The restaurants aim is that you will leave dreaming of the Boqueria in Barcelona or picturesque fishing villages in Andalucía.

Saturday – The Rocket
This is not your normal JD Wetherspoons pub – located at the foot of Putney Wharf tower with a beautiful view across the river. They offer the JD Wetherspoons prices but with such style and quality. They have a great lunch menu, especially Sunday lunch. Children are very welcome and it attracts mothers groups during the day and young and old in the evening.

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September 18, 2014