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Prospect of Whitby

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© Nick Ballon
Tower Hamlets

Dwarfed by residential new-builds on either side, the Prospect proclaims its history from the off. ‘Built c1520’, offers the sign at the front; inside, signs on the walls suggest that the pub was a regular haunt of everyone from Captain Kidd to Samuel Pepys, Richard Burton to Princess Margaret. (Who now regularly haunt it. Possibly.)

Behind the Prospect’s bowed, boiled-sweet windows is a solid, barrel-studded, black wooden bar that now offers draught Erdinger and Staropramen alongside such real ales as Wells Bombardier, Sharp’s Doom Bar and Young’s London Gold. Steak and ale pie and Sunday roasts echo the beams-galore tradition of the decor.

For those who prefer a good vista with their food and drink, excellent views of the Thames can be had from the raised eating section just to the left of the bar or outside on the terrace.

Venue name: Prospect of Whitby
Address: 57 Wapping Wall
Opening hours: Open noon-11pm Mon-Sat; noon-10.30pm Sun. Food served noon-10pm Mon-Sat; noon-9pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Shadwell DLR/rail

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Visited on a summer Monday evening. The view on the river is fantastic & the interior is quite interesting. We had fried haloumi cheese with chips x3 and pork belly with roasted potatoes x1 accompanied by draught ESB & Doombar. Nothing looked fresh, fries were too dry, potatoes soaked in fat, meat was just OK. Hardly good value for nearly £10 or over £13 respectively. The beer had good temperature but came with a head that disappeared immediately. Waiter was friendly & trying although he was clumsy, touched glasses everywhere when serving & neglected personal hygiene. The place though half empty was very noisy thanks to sounds coming out of the kitchen & another waiter. A good stop for a pint with a river view but nothing else.


We went to the 'Prospect' after watching the Queen's Jubilee celebrations on the river Thames for a drink. Expecting the place to be in good spirits (as we were) we were certainly disappointed! The manager at this pub is extremely rude and so was his side kick blonde staff member.. service is appalling. Myself and my friends were spoken to so rudely and aggressively. I suppose because they are the 'oldest' pub on the river they think they can treat people however they like. This was my worst experience of a pub in London, and I have lived here my entire life. AWFUL, RUDE, DIRTY AND UNPROFESSIONAL!! DO NOT GO HERE!! There are so many nice traditional pubs in London, that treat you well, with respect, and value your money and custom. Do yourself a favour and spend your time and money elsewhere.