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1 Wapping High Street
Wapping 
London  
E1W 1BH
United Kingdom
T: +44 20 7480 6848
F: +44 20 7702 1609
wapping@knightfrank.com
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Tue 9am to 6pm
Wed 9am to 6pm
Thu 9am to 6pm
Fri 9am to 6pm
Sat 10am to 2pm
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Living in Wapping

Wapping is located to the east of London’s business district, on the north side of the Thames next to Tower Bridge, in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. Forming part of the Docklands, Wapping’s proximity to the river has given it a strong maritime character, which it retains through its ancient riverside public houses and time-trodden stone steps, such as the Town of Ramsgate, the Captain Kidd, Prospect of Whitby and Wapping Stairs.

Largely an undiscovered haven of tranquillity, Wapping has a village-like atmosphere which is hard to come by so close to The City. Accessible to all, the river is the main draw and very popular for jogging, or to walk along and enjoy the far-reaching views across the river and upstream to Tower Bridge.

To the east can be found faithfully restored warehouses and wharfs, on charming cobbled streets. In stark contrast to these are the impressive new developments along the western end of the High Street and St Katharine Docks which is brimming with glamorous yachts and numerous bars and restaurantsand has a gourmet food market every Friday,

For art lovers the Wapping Project is home to a contemporary arts, performance and restaurant centre, set in a one-time hydraulic power station, and fitness fans are welcome at the John Orwell Sports Centre and Fitness First.Just up the road, Wiltons Musical offers an exciting programme of imaginative, diverse and distinct entertainment including theatre, music, comedy, cinema and cabaret in a wonderful building, the world's last surviving Grand Music Hall.

A short walk over Tower Bridge brings you to Shad Thames, a thriving area full of shops and riverside restaurants and bars, this area is well known for it’ architects and design agencies. Many of Wapping and Shad Thames residents walk to work in the City or to More London which are both within easy reach.

To the north west of Wapping is the City, the financial hub of London, to the east of which is Spitalfields, an area long treasured by its largely artistic residents for its charm and historic ambience but which in recent years has become a hot spot for celebrities and City folk as well as some west London dwellers who previously might not have thought of buying in an E postcode!

Places of interest

  • Tower Bridge
  • Butlers Wharf
  • Southbank
  • St Katharine Docks
  • Tower of London
  • The City

 

Local authority

London Borough of Tower Hamlets Town Hall
Mulberry Place
5 Clove Crescent
London
E14 2BG
020 7364 5020

Taxi/chauffeur/ luxury car hire services

Opulently Driven
Luxury Car Hire & London Chauffeur services
20 Hanover Square
Mayfair
London
W1S 1JY
0207 993 5848

Property available in areas we cover

Wapping - Characterful warehouse and factory conversions, modern glass fronted riverside developments some with fabulous views of the river and Tower Bridge or Canary Wharf, many developments sprung up in the 80’s to serve the expanding demand for housing and inland Wapping has many private developments offer better value for money than the riverside properties.

City - Smaller lateral flats in converted banks or purpose built developments, the City is still largely a weekday residence prized for its super convenience of living so close to work and generally the properties are small but perfectly formed.

Spitalfields – Georgian houses, some with Victorian additions, quirky flats over shops, some purpose built developments between old terraces and funky penthouse flats atop existing conversions.

Shad Thames – Converted warehouses and factories with contemporary finishes, purpose built developments built in the style of nearby conversions, superb river views, some of Tower Bridge and high up flats with far reaching views of London.

History of Wapping

Wapping was first settled by Saxons, from whom it takes its name, believed to be that of Waeppa's people. Whilst it is not known exactly where the original site of the village was, it is known that this area was marshland until the 16th century when it was drained. It then became rich meadow and garden ground until it was acquired for the London Docks. The docks brought with them thriving business, and with that seafarers, many of the seamen being from Charles II's navy. Wapping was also the site of 'Execution Dock', where pirates and other water-borne criminals faced execution by hanging from a gibbet constructed close to the low water mark. Their bodies would be left dangling until they had been submerged three times by the tide.

The area's strong maritime associations changed radically in the 19th century when the London Docks were built to the north and west of the High Street. They then fell into disrepair after World War II, until they were revitalised as part of Docklands in the 1980s, and the warehouses started to be converted into luxury flats.

Getting to Wapping

Roads

  • The Limehouse link, linking East London to The Highway and into the City
  • Blackwall tunnel to South London
  • A2 and A13

Rail and Underground

  • Tower Hill (District and circle line
  • DLR (Tower Gateway and Shadwell)
  •  Wapping (Overground)

Buses

  • 100 Bus to the City
  • D3 Canary Wharf
  • River buses from Tower of London

Air

  • London City Airport

 

Schools

  • St Peter's London Docks C of E Primary School
    Garnet Street
    Wapping
    E1W 3QT
    020 74883050
  • Green Gables Montessori Primary School
    14 Cannon Street Road
    London
    E1 0BH
    020 7488 2376
  • The Charter House Square School
    40 Charterhouse Square
    London
    EC1M 7AJ
    020 7600 3805
  • City of London Girls School
    St Giles Terrace
    London
    EC2Y 8BB
    020 7847 5500
  • City of London School
    Queen Victoria Street
    London
    EC4V 3AL
    020 7489 0291

Bars and Restaurants

  • Cafe Spice Namaste
    Indian
    6 Prescot Street
    E1 8AZ
    020 7488 9242
  • Il Bordello
    Italian
    81 Wapping High Street
    E1W 2YN
    020 7480 9950
  • The Wapping Project
    International
    Wapping Hydraulic Power Station
    E1W 3SG
    0871 323 8754
  • Smith Brasserie
    Fish
    22 Wapping High Street
    London
    E1W 1NJ
    020 7488 3456
  • The Dickens Inn
    St Katharine's Dock
    Tower Bridge
    London
    E1W 1UH
    020 7488 2208
  • The Town Of Ramsgate
    62 Wapping High Street
    London
    E1W 3SJ
    020 7481 8000
  • The Prospect of Whitby
    57 Wapping Wall
    London
    E1W 3SJ
    020 7481 1095

Hospitals and Medical practices

  • The Royal London Hospital
    Whitechapel Road
    Whitechapel
    London
    E1 1BB
    020 7377 7000
  • The London Independent Hospital
    1 Beaumont Square
    Stepney Green
    Greater London
    E1 4NL
    020 7780 2400
  • Wapping Health Centre
    22 Wapping Lane
    London
    E1W 2RL
    020 7481 9376
  • St Katharine Docks Practice
    12-14 Nightingale House
    50 Thomas More Street
    London
    E1W 1UA
    020 7488 3653

Theatres and cinemas

Wilton’s Music Hall
Graces Alley
London
E1 8JB
020 7702 2789