Historic walk of East London’s 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 start off in the heart of the very modern Docklands with its skyscrapers and driverless train systems built around the old docks before heading to Wapping itself.


We will pass by The Grapes Pub where Sir Walter Raleigh set sail from and with strong links to Charles Dickens, Oscar Wilde, Sherlock Holmes amongst others before heading down Narrow Street which was home to many prominent painters and the steps down to the Thames was where Martin Frobisher departed from.

The Prospect of Whitby is another fine old Wapping Pub with a clientele rich in literature and art and even royalty.  Taking its name from an old Tyne Collier that would bring coals from Newcastle to power the Industrial Revolution in London, smooth coal pebbles can still be found on the beach below on low tide… along with all sorts else.

We’ll visit old steam powered bridges, the very oldest Police Force in the world and the site where the infamous Captain William Bligh of Mutiny in the Bounty called home then on to the pub where perhaps our greatest painter, William Turner was born and real life witches roamed.


It’s not all bad as we will see when we learn about Henry Raine who was a wealthy brewer and owned a family business and yearned to help the terrible poverty in the area and whose school he set up is now one of the finest in the country.

Others pubs and sites we’ll visit include ones where Pirates once frequented and where others were executed where the fortunate were hanged whilst others were tied to wooden posts where the tide would wash over them.  It is here the notorious Captain Kidd met his end and further on where the hated hanging Judge Jeffers was captured trying to flee the country and incredible event involving the Crown Jewels took place.

We finish off in the shadows of Tower Bridge and the Tower of London at St Katherine’s Dock, now a marina for the boats and yachts of the rich and famous.


Departure Time:10 am
City Location: London
Duration of Tour: 2-3 hours
(Approximate times as all tours are bespoke)

Standard Adult Prices per person excluding entry fees (child prices available upon request).

1 Adult = £105

2 Adults = £100

3 Adults = £95

4 Adults = £80

5 – 10 Adults = £65

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