Hogging a generous chunk of prime riverside real estate, tiny Wapping very much wears its maritime heritage on its sleeve. A proud crew of riverside boozers all claim a rich swashbuckling history - try the George Tavern or Town Of Ramsgate, and there are plenty of restaurants to work your way through, too. More than a few of the high-end craft moored in touristy St Katharine Docks probably owe much to the same demographic. Wapping is well served by the Overground, and, as any estate agent will tell you, you can’t go wrong with the river.
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Restaurants in Wapping and Shadwell
Churchills Restaurant and Lounge Bar
Set in the ever popular St Katherine Docks in Wapping, East London is the brand new contemporary restaurant and lounge bar Churchills. With a British & Mediterranean menu to challenge any top London restaurant and a cocktail menu to dazzle the taste buds.Churchill’s is the ideal place for unique, exceptional corporate and private functions.We are available for private functions at weekends or week days and can cater for as little as 25 and can hold up to 150 on our exclusive restaurant. The atmosphere is stylish and decadent yet relaxed and effortless, our signature white decor creates the perfect setting for enjoyment and relaxation.Our menus reflect our London city surroundings with our very own unique twist. At Churchill’s no stone is left unturned to ensure the event of a lifetime.
Things to do in Wapping and Shadwell
Open-City Architecture Tours
Open-City is best known for organising the annual Open House London festival, but London's leading architecture educators also host walking, cycling, photography and boat tours all year round. Some - King's Cross Renaissance, London Riverside - focus on London's newest developments. Others - Square Mile, Hidden West End and Bloomsbury - include an historical angle. Cycling tours typically cover lots of ground - the Lea Valley, for example, on a tour covering Olympics regeneration - while photography tours pick out panoramic vistas and iconic structures. But the boat tours have proven Open-City's biggest draw. Book in for Architecture of the Thames - East to witness the dramatically different landscape east of Greenwich, including the otherworldly Thames Barrier; or reserve a spot for Architecture on the Thames, which starts at Festival Pier near Waterloo Bridge before passing upstream and downstream through central London. Or, if you're looking for something a little more intimate, check out 'Eve With...', a series of weekday tours of private homes guided by the architects that designed them, complete with prosecco and nibbles. Guides include acclaimed architectural photographers, advisors to English Heritage and others. Visit the Open-City website for tour details including prices, times and location. (Please note: tours do not begin at the below location, Open-City's private office.)
Bars and pubs in Wapping and Shadwell
There's a firm Latin American slant to this attractive looking Southwark restaurant and bar, with flavours and feel combining Colombia, Ecuador, Cuba, Mexico, Peru and beyond. Its name translates (loosely) as 'palate' in Spanish, but is also what the Cubans call their fiercely authentic, family-run restaurants (fun fact: the term was coined from a Brazilian sitcom popular in Cuba in the early ’90s). The menu here is a collection of small plates, ranging from green plantain crisps with taquero guacamole and empanadas filled with slow-cooked beef brisket to tuna tartare and quinoa tian with taro crisp and chipotle mayonnaise, grilled chicken skewers with Peruvian yellow chilli sauce, and grilled sirloin steak with corn bread and chimichurri. The drinks list sounds interesting, too. Expect a wine selection (unsurprisingly) slanted toward Argentina and Chile, complemented by bottles from Brazil, Uruguay and Peru. Mezcal, pisco, cachaça, tequila and rum dominate a great-looking cocktail and spirits list.
Venue says: “Sample Paladar's creative take on Latin American cuisine alfresco in a lovely secret walled courtyard garden behind the restaurant!”