Wapping was traditionally home to sailors and dock workers. One of the most important historic sites is Execution Dock near the marine...
This church was erected by Nicholas Hawksmoor in 1729 and badly damaged in the Blitz of WWII. All that now remains is a shell enclosing...
With its large windows, fine beer garden and displays recalling the hanging nearby of the eponymous pirate in 1701, this is a favourite...
This boisterous – bordello also means ‘chaos’ or a ‘mess’ – neighbourhood eatery is always crammed with happy diners. If you’re drinking...
Once notorious for slave traders, drunk sailors and prostitutes, Wapping’s towering warehouses, built at the beginning of the 19th century, still give an atmospheric picture of the area’s previous existence. Make sure to take a stroll or cycle ride to the lovely Wapping power station, home to the Wapping Project, an exhibition space, a wonderful bookshop and a great restaurant.
Although there’s nothing to actually mark it, down on the riverside below Wapping New Stairs (near the marine police station) was Execution Dock, where convicted pirates were hanged and their bodies chained to a post at low tide, to be left until three tides had washed over their heads. Among the more famous people who died this way was Captain William Kidd, hanged here in 1701, and whose grisly tale you can read about in the nearby Captain Kidd pub.