Wapping is a hidden gem along the River Thames, with charming cobbled streets and historic buildings including Prospect of Whitby, the oldest riverside pub in London, dating back to 1520. Warehouse conversions abound in the area, providing a contrast to the backdrop of modern skyscrapers in the neighbouring areas; from here, you can see the ‘Gherkin’ in the City of London, the HSBC building in Canary Wharf, and the Shard on the South Bank. Professionals are often attracted to the area because it is within walking distance to both the City and Canary Wharf.
Wapping is in an enviable location to access some of London’s most iconic sights, including Tower Bridge – its exhibition takes in high-level walkways, dizzying glass floors and the spectacular Victorian engine rooms – and the Tower of London, where you’ll find the Crown Jewels, 1,000 years of royal history and the iconic ravens. Docked opposite is retired navy cruiser turned floating museum HMS Belfast offering a unique insight into life on board a World War II warship.
Wapping suffered without its own Tube link for a time, but now residents are spoilt for choice. Wapping station is currently served by the Overground, which also serves Shadwell, where there is a DLR interchange. Tower Gateway is also on the DLR, and Tower Hill is served by the District and Circle Lines. C2C rail services are next door, at Fenchurch Street. The area is well-served by local buses. Road links are present, if congested, and include the A13, the A1203, and the Rotherhithe Tunnel. A higher percentage of Wapping residents travel to work by bicycle than London residents do overall, and it is possible to take advantage of river transport here, too. London City Airport is nearby and easily accessed.