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Living in Wapping 


Situated on the River Thamesto the East of the City, the area is characterised by warehouse conversions, riverside pubs and cobbled street contrasted with stunning new glass structures.

Wapping is a distinctive place that offers a home near the water set in a tranquil, village-like atmosphere yet so close to the City, Canary Wharf and the Southbank.

Local landmarks include Tower Bridge, The Tower of London and St Katharine Docks.

Did You Know:  

  • Wapping is home to celebrities such as Graham Norton and Helen Mirren.
  • Wapping's proximity to the river gave it a strong maritime character well into the 20th century. 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.
  • Wapping was devastated by German bombing in World War II and by the post-war closure of the docks. It remained a run-down and derelict area into the 1980s, when the area was transferred to the management of the London Docklands Development Corporation, a government quango with the task of redeveloping the Docklands. The London Docks were largely filled in and redeveloped with a variety of commercial, light industrial and residential properties.

Architecture and property:

Wapping has an abundance of characterful properties, from warehouse and factory conversions to modern, glass fronted riverside developments.

Who lives there:

Wapping’s residents mainly comprise of young professionals and families.

Going out:

Where to eat: 

Wapping has many good restaurants and pubs:

  • Il Bordello: For authentic Italian cuisine    
  • Smiths: Famous fish and seafood restaurant on the River
  • St Katharine Docks has a multitude of bars and restaurants to suit every taste and hosts a gourmet food market every Friday.
  • The Turks Head, a converted pub, now serving bistro style food, coffees and drinks.

Where to drink:

  • The Famous Prospect of Whitby pub, one of the oldest riverside pubs in London
  • The Town of Ramsgate
  • The Captain Kid
  • Turners Old Star, where they shot scenes for the Kray twins film, Legend.     


Wilton’s music hall is the world’s last surviving grand music hall, an atmospheric building offering a programme of diverse entertainment including theatre, music, comedy, cinema and cabaret.

Wapping is a short walk from the cultural hub of the South Bank, home to London Eye and a large number of galleries, museums, festivals and exhibitions, and yet still sits outside the congestion charging zone.

Sports & Leisure:

The Thames path runs from Wapping into the City, a picturesque route for walkers and joggers, whilst cyclists use the “cycle superhighways”. Gym and swimming enthusiasts have Fitness First and St Georges Pools. An outdoor Lido is in the planning stages for Shadwell Basin.


Wapping Lane has a village like atmosphere where you will find a butcher, baker, post office, coffee shop and green grocer.  There is also a large Waitrose Supermarket in west Wapping.

Parks & Green Spaces: At the eastern end of Wapping there is King Edward Memorial Park and Wapping Woods.  Hermitage Waterside Memorial Gardens can be found along the river bank in West Wapping.

Transport Links:

Underground (London only): Wapping is served by the District and Circle line at Tower Hill (Zone 1)

The DLR at Tower Gateway runs to the east and south east of London and Wapping Overground in Wapping High Streetcovers far reaching points of London.

With the arrival of Crossrail at Whitechapel station in 2019, journey times to central London and the west, including Heathrow, will be further reduced.

Bus routes: Wapping is serviced by the 100 bus route, taking you into the City and beyond, and the D3, which covers Docklands and Canary Wharf.

Car: Wapping can be reached via the Highway and A13/A2 from the east and south and various routes via the City and north London.


Wapping houses the Green Gables Montessori School and is within easy reach of the City of London Girls school in the Barbican.

Council & Tax Bands:

Council: London London Borough of Tower Hamlets

Wapping council tax rates:

Valuation band range of values

Year 1 April, 2016 to 31   March, 2017


 Up to and including £40,000



 £ 40,001 - £ 52,000



 £ 52,001 - £ 68,000



 £ 68,001 - £ 88,000



 £ 88,001 - £120,000



 £120,001 - £160,000



 £160,001 - £320,000



 More than £320,000