Prospect of Whitby

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Historic pub that claims to be haunted by celebrity ghosts. If you don't catch a glimpse of them, you can console yourself with a great view of the Thames.

If you've ever taken a boat up the Thames, you'll have probably noticed a scaffold and hangman's noose outside an appealingly aged tavern by the Wapping riverside. It’s a grim reminder of Execution Dock, a nearby gallows where many a pirate met his end (yes, really). And the tavern in question is the Prospect of Whitby, London’s oldest riverside pub and the best of three by the river in Wapping.

Wood panelling, dark corners and uneven stone floors help to make it one of the city’s most atmospheric old drinking dens. Indeed, it seems hardly to have changed since the days of dock workers and deckhands. The neighbouring old warehouses might have been converted into luxury flats, but the pub still feels like the shadowy haunt of weatherbeaten sailors, smugglers and pirates, all just a few gulps of rum and a fist fight away from their next voyage.

Venue name: Prospect of Whitby
Address: 57 Wapping Wall
Opening hours: Open noon-11pm Mon-Thurs; noon-midnight Fri-Sat; noon-10.30pm Sun. Food served noon-9.45pm Mon-Sat; noon-8.45pm Sun.
Transport: Tube: Shadwell DLR/rail

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tim m

Well I vote it better than the other reviewers. Great pub in great location with great beers on tap. Certainly a cut above your average Spoonies!


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.