Historic walk of East Londons Wapping Docks and its famous Pubs

Historic walk of East Londons Wapping Docks and its famous Pubs

Wapping has a long history that goes all the way back to Anglo Saxon times, before it was even part of London and it takes its name from the old word Wapol, meaning ‘Marsh’.  

This whole area has been shaped by the river whether it is the great voyages of exploration, Victorian heavy industry and the docks, terrible Dickensian slums that hugged the river, the dreadful destruction of the Blitz or its modern day resurgence with big business and leisure.

We will visit famous old pubs, places of execution and great philanthropy as well as visiting locations relating to some of the most famous names in history such as Captain Cook, Thomas Jefferson, Martin Frobisher, Sir Walter Raleigh, Charles Dickens, Hanging Judge Jeffers and Captain Bligh.

See a part of real London that tourists could never find, well away from the bright lights of the West End, theatres, museums and palaces.
* Duration: 3 hours
* Starts: Greater London, United Kingdom
* Trip Category: Cultural & Theme Tours >> Historical & Heritage Tours




Wapping has a long history that goes all the way back to Anglo Saxon times, before it was even part of London and it takes its name from the old word Wapol, meaning ‘Marsh’.  

This whole area has been shaped by the river whether it is the great voyages of exploration, Victorian heavy industry and the docks, terrible Dickensian slums that hugged the river, the dreadful destruction of the Blitz or its modern day resurgence with big business and leisure.

We will visit famous old pubs, places of execution and great philanthropy as well as visiting locations relating to some of the most famous names in history such as Captain Cook, Thomas Jefferson, Martin Frobisher, Sir Walter Raleigh, Charles Dickens, Hanging Judge Jeffers and Captain Bligh.

See a part of real London that tourists could never find, well away from the bright lights of the West End, theatres, museums and palaces.

Itinerary
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Stop At: Docklands, London England

We start off in the futuristic Docklands

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Canary Wharf, London England

Once the docks where ships from the Canary Islands plied their trade.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Museum of London Docklands, 1 The Warehouse Hertsmere Road, London E14 4AL England

We will pass by the Museum of London Docklands and learn of the history of these old buildings and wharves.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Wapping, London, UK

Before we get here, we will visit the famous Grapes Pub from where Sir Walter Raleigh set sail and with links to Charles Dickens, Oscar Wilde, Sherlock Holmes and many others.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Limehouse Waterside & Marina, The Harbourmasters Office, 46 Goodhart Pl, Limehouse, London E14 8EG, UK

This old trading dock is now a luxury marina.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: The Prospect of Whitby, 57 Wapping Wall, London E1W 3SH England

This old pub has strong links with famous painters, writers and even royalty. Sat right by the river, we can go down onto the shore if the tide is out.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Wapping, London, UK

From the old stairs at the end of Narrow Street we can see where Martin Frobisher set off to discover The Northwest Passage.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Thames River Police Museum, Wapping Police Station 98 Wapping High Street Wapping Police Station, London E1W 2NE England

The Thames River Police are the oldest police force in the world. They still patrol the rivers keeping an eye out for crimes such as murder and suicide.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Metropolitan Police Marine Policing Unit, 98-102 Wapping High St, St Katharine’s & Wapping, London E1W 2NE, UK

On the corner of Dundee Street we will see the old court for murders and suicides before hearing about William Peckover who perhaps performed the most incredible piece of maritime navigation in history.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Turner’s Old Star, 14 Watts St, St Katharine’s & Wapping, London E1W 2QG, UK

This famous old pub is the birthplace of perhaps our greatest painter. Before that it was the site of witchcraft!

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: St Peter’s, London Docks, Wapping Ln, St Katharine’s & Wapping, London E1W 2RW, UK

A beautiful old Roman Catholic Church

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Raine’s House, Raine St, St Katharine’s & Wapping, London E1W 3RJ, UK

Henry Raine was a wealthy brewer and owned a family business and a generous philanthropist who set up a school for the poor girls and boys in Wapping which is now one of the finest in the country.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: The Turk’s Head, 1 Green Bank, St Katharine’s & Wapping, London E1W 2PA, UK

It is here the convicted pirates had there last drink before being hanged on the river Thames down the steps that we will be visiting shortly. Then on to St Johns Church with connections to Captain Cook and President Jefferson

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Town of Ramsgate, 62 Wapping High Street, London E1W 2PN England

Dating from 1460, this old pub and the nearby stairs has seen more history than some cities. Captain Bligh (whose house site we visit) boarded HMS Bounty here. A crook who stole the Crown Jewels was caught here along with the hated Hanging Judge Jeffers. Many a pirate and criminal met their grisly end here too.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: St. Katharine Docks, 50 St. Katharines Way St Katherine’s & Wapping, London E1W 1LA England

The tour finishes in the shadow of Tower Bridge and the Tower of London in an old docks which is now the home to luxury yachts and boats belonging to the rich and famous.

Duration: 10 minutes