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.