Wapping Area Guide

Wapping, situated on the river between Tower Bridge and Limehouse, was one of the first places to benefit from the regeneration of London Docklands. But there’s a lot more to this area than sleek new developments and expensive yachts: Wapping has been a major part of London’s maritime history for hundreds of years.

Its historical roots can be seen in the old warehouses, wharves and cobbled streets that give the area a real ‘Dickensian’ feel. Wapping is also home to one of London’s oldest pubs, The Prospect of Whitby, dating back to 1543.

The spacious warehouse conversions to be found here are much in demand, but you’ll find plenty of alternative Wapping property options, including modern terrace houses and smart contemporary apartments. A large site, formerly occupied by the media company News International, is currently being transformed into an exciting arts and shopping quarter, and a further 1,800 new homes will be available here soon, providing even more opportunities for canny London property investors.

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Families looking to move to this area have a choice between six primary schools in Wapping itself, as well as several good primary and secondary schools to the north in Whitechapel.

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Places to go in Wapping include St Katherine Docks, a historic dockland location buzzing with bars and restaurants. If you want to feel a part of the area’s maritime history, visit Shadwell Basin Outdoor Activity Centre. The centre offers courses and clubs for kayaking, canoeing, sailing and rowing, as well as climbing and high ropes sessions. Culture lovers can visit the independent arthouse cinema in nearby Mile End Road or cross the river to visit the South Bank’s theatres, galleries and concert venues.

Wapping travel links include services to Clapham Junction and Highbury & Islington from Wapping rail station (in Zone 2). Nearby Shadwell is on the DLR, with fast connections to London's tube network. The area is also served by bus routes 100 and D3.

Living in Wapping you’ll experience a fantastic riverside lifestyle, with historic pubs, waterside restaurants and sailing activities, all on your doorstep. You’ll also be just minutes away from the vibrant cultural scene on London’s South Bank.


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