Guide to living in
Welcome to Wapping, a hotbed of British history sandwiched between the North Bank of the River Thames and the Highway thoroughfare. After being largely destroyed in World War II, the area was rebuilt into an industry core and is now recognised as a leading area for up and coming property.
After the ‘War of Wapping’ in the 80’s, the area has taken on a more peaceful hue whilst not sacrificing any of its East London charm. Cobbled streets still endure, and Wapping’s colourful history can be explored at will. A labyrinth of vintage pubs traces the banks of the Thames, the most famous of which being the Prospect of Whitby. Dating from the 1500’s and recognised as a haunt of Charles Dickens and Samuel Pepys, the Prospect of Whitby is a thrilling spectacle for British history fanatics or those who merely enjoy a quiet pint. Additionally, for anyone with a pirate to get rid of, execution dock is just around the corner.
“A penchant for innovative property reigns supreme in Wapping, with many warehouses and factories converted into trendy luxury apartments”
Although most commonly associated with water, Wapping has some enchanting green spaces for those more at ease on terra firma. Waterside gardens and Hermitage Riverside Memorial Garden act as tranquil retreats with some handy views of the Shard and the like.
A penchant for innovative property reigns supreme in Wapping, with many warehouses and factories converted into trendy luxury apartments. Alternatively, many Georgian properties with original period features maintain the traditional identity of the area.
With a strong population of locals known as ‘Wappa’s’ and a growing contemporary crowd forming the population, Wapping is an appealing area with some fine affordable property.
Nursery: Matilda Day Nursery
In keeping with the traditional feel, The Medieval Banquet held at St Katherine Docks is fabulous for an alternative feast. Jugglers, magicians and Henry VIII are just some of the treats in store at this raucous occasion. At Wilton’s music hall, the Mahogany Bar is a great venue for cocktails and fresh local lunches.
As well as taking a stroll around any part of Wapping, we are also fond of the Wapping Project; a stunning grade II listed building formerly used as a hydraulic power station. Basement exhibitions and original equipment are sure to provide the electricity required for a whopping day out!
After suffering for a while, Wapping is now served by the shiny London Overground with services to Shoreditch and Dalston or Britain’s busiest station, Clapham Junction. For those devoted to the tube, Tower Hill is close by on the Circle and District lines.