Streets of London, Wapping High Street, E1



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  • Despite being on the river, the area doesn’t make as much of the water as, say, the wealthier Shad Thames on the opposite bank, but a few neighbourhood restaurants have waterside dining: steak house Smollensky’s (No 22, 020 7680 1818) at the west end, and the Chinese River View (No 16 New Crane Place, 020 7480 6026). Local Italian Paradiso (No 1, 020 7481 3223) looks out over the new park and water beyond, while in the middle of the street, cool brasserie Lilly’s (No 75, 020 7702 2040) and pizzeria Il Bordello (No 81, 020 7481 9950) are equally popular.

    The pubs on the street are among London’s most famous. The Prospect of Whitby and the Town of Ramsgate scrap over the title of oldest on the river, both claiming heritage back to the early 1500s. The Prospect of Whitby (No 57 Wapping Wall, 020 7481 1095) is a good distance from the site of the long-gone Executioners Dock – where pirates and other criminals were hung at low tide and left until three tides had washed over them – but the pub keeps a noose hanging over the river to charm the tourists. Towards the western end of Wapping High Street, you’ll find the Town of Ramsgate (No 62, 020 7481 8000) and the Captain Kidd (No 108, 020 7480 5759) – both with beer gardens overlooking the river.

    Culture is supplied by the Wapping Project (Hydraulic Power Station, Wapping Wall, 02076802080) which offers performances, exhibitions and an award-winning restaurant, with outdoor film screenings in the summer.

    Estate agents

    Abatoria (020 7488 2020/ (020 7702 2323/ J Lord (020 7481 8811/ Liaisons (020 7680 0222/


    Wapping tube station (East London line) is in Zone 2. The 100 bus runs most of the western length of Wapping High Street en route from Elephant & Castle to Shadwell via Tower Hill, Aldgate and Liverpool Street stations. The D3 runs most of its eastern length and connects you to Bethnal Green, Crossharbour and Canary Wharf.

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