With plenty of maritime history, converted warehouses and a scenic marina, living in Wapping is your chance to enjoy the riverside life. London is blessed with many waterside neighbourhoods, but the E1W postcode has a strong case for the best of the lot.

There’s plenty to do and see in Wapping, an East London neighbourhood that oozes laid-back vibes. Wander the cobbled streets and stop at a riverfront pub. Or admire impressive views across the river, including iconic landmarks like the Shard.

Town of Ramsgate

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The Town of Ramsgate is a historic pub in Wapping with its distinctive ship-like shape. Its history dates back to the 17th century and beyond, and it was the spot where James IIs' notorious Hanging Judge was captured.

Today, things are much more cordial. Stop by the Town of Ramsgate to enjoy a few bevvies on the river. And make sure you hang around for one of their beef burgers, especially as the pub has built a reputation for cooking succulent prime patties.

Find at 62 Wapping High St, St Katharine's & Wapping, London E1W 2PN
Phone no: 020 7481 8000
Email: [email protected]
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It’s only right that a riverside neighbourhood has premium fish and chip options. Enter Smith’s, a refined seafood spot with impressive views over the River Thames. The elegant and stylish decor also makes it a great spot for impressing a date.

The food is top-notch, too. From a la carte menus to set evenings dining options, you can tuck into some of the tastiest fresh fish around. Smith’s also works with renowned independent wine merchants to ensure you have a fine glass of red or white with your meal.

Find at 22 Wapping High St, St Katharine's & Wapping, London E1W 1NJ
Phone no: 020 7488 3456
Follow @smithswapping

King Edward VII Memorial Park

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Living in Wapping means you can enjoy a riverside walk along the cobbled streets whenever you wish. But what about the neighbourhood’s green spaces? King Edward VII Memorial Park is one of the primary green spaces in Wapping and lets you get back to nature with flower gardens and a riverside promenade.

It was purchased by the King Edward VII Memorial London Committee following the King's death in 1910. There’s also a bandstand and bowling green, just in case you fancy yourself as a bowls expert.

Find at Unnamed Road St Katharine's &, Wapping, London E1W 3HT
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Feel prestigious at Wilton’s, a music hall with original cast iron pillars, balcony and classic decor. Wilton’s has its own little slice of history in Wapping, after opening its doors in 1859. John Wilton built the music hall to provide West End glamour in East London.

Head to Wilton’s today and enjoy an eclectic selection of entertainment. Whether it’s plays, opera, puppetry, classical music, cabaret, dance or a magic show, Wilton’s still knows how to put on a performance some 160-plus years after its initial opening.

Find at 1 Graces Alley, Whitechapel, London E1 8JB
Phone no: 020 7702 2789
Follow @wiltonsmusichall

St. Katherine’s Docks

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Not just a hotspot for those living in Wapping, St. Katherine's Docks is popular with people from far and wide. More than five million people visit each year, whether it's to attend food markets, grab a bite at the restaurants or soak up the local marina views.

The former historic dock is well known for its peaceful and pretty marina, as well selection of restaurants and the events throughout the year. You’ll find places like Emilia's Crafted Pasta at St. Katherine Dock with its fresh pasta.

Find at 50 St Katharine's Way, St Katharine's & Wapping, London E1W 1LA
Phone no: 020 7264 5287
Email: [email protected]
Follow @StKats

Tobacco Dock

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An important Wapping landmark, Tobacco Dock is a unique London event space with an appealing riverside setting. It’s a highly sought after space and has won many awards, including Best Customer Service, Most Versatile Venue and Best Catering at the 2018 London Venue Awards.

If you’re not using the Dock for business relations, why not head there for leisure instead? Between the regular music events and food festivals, there’s plenty to enjoy about Tobacco Dock.

Find at Tobacco Quay, Wapping Ln, London E1W 2SF
Phone no: 020 7680 4001
Follow us @TobaccoDockLon

Prospect of Whitby

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Along with the Town of Ramsgate, Prospect of Whitby is known as a de facto historic pub in Wapping. Stop by and embrace what could just become your new local. Sip a few drinks from the large selection of ales and casks before enjoying some classic pub grub.

There’s a seasonal menu on offer, not to mention a traditional Sunday roast for those who stop by for a bite to eat. Make sure you head to the terrace during the warmer months and take in the local views of the river.

Find at 57 Wapping Wall, Wapping, London E1W 3SH
Phone no: 020 7481 1095
Follow @greenekinglocals

Living in Wapping

Wapping exudes charm and buzz and is a primary waterside neighbourhood in the capital. If you're living in Wapping – or thinking of making a move – you can make the most of its tranquil settings, historical sights, and social activities in this Docklands hotspot.

Mark Flint


Mark is a regular contributor to the Essential Living blog and shares all the latest news and sourcing the very best content for our customers.