The old Tower Bridge Magistrates Court building on Tooley Street which dates back to 1906 (just past the junction with Tower Bridge Road, a few doors down from the Pommlers Rest pub heading towards Bermondsey) has been completely renovated and turned into a luxury hotel called The Dixon (after the original architect John Dixon Butler) which has inside probably one of the most interesting bars in London.
The old main Magistrates Court room in the centre of the building has been converted into a fantastic bar called very appropriately, The Magistrates Bar which is very cool and unique. The court room retains the same size and feel but has been modernised with a funky bar where the Magistrates judges used to sit and send people to jail.
The first ever full time woman judge in England, Sybil Campbell sat at Tower Bridge Magistrates Court from 1945 so the building has huge historical signficance for women's struggle for equality.
As you stand or sit in the bar surrounded by the same wooden court room panelling that used to surround the accused as they stood, shaking in the dock hoping for a lenient sentence, your mind can't help but wander back to the past as you sip your Margarita cocktail. To help you there are large photos on the walls all of criminals who were sentenced to prison there a hundred or so years ago which really add to the ambience.
Music plays in the background constantly high enough to hear clearly but low enough so you can have a conversation without having to shout and the bar feels very relaxed and chilled.
This will be the first of regular social drinks at this venue hopefully and will be ideal for local Bermondsey and nearby residents who fancy a Saturday night out mingling with friendly people in a great location without having to venture into the West End.
They serve all the usual drinks like beer, wine and cockails so there will be something for everyone.
The charge to attend is only £3 payable to me upon arrival (you can RSVP now and pay me at the event).
Come along and let's have a good time!