Historic Riverside Pubs

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Wapping’s inns and taverns have a long and rich history and have become a tourist attraction in their own right. The Prospect of Whitby claims to be the oldest pub on the Thames, dating back to 1520. Famous patrons have included celebrated painters, James Whistler and Joseph Turner, Charles Dickens and diarist Samuel Pepys. On Wapping High Street stand the Captain Kidd (named after the infamous outlaw who was hanged at Wapping’s Execution Dock) and the Town of Ramsgate, where a pub has stood since the 1460s.

Inland, Turner’s Old Star by Wapping Green has been run by local Wappingites for five generations and was originally formed from two dock cottages that Joseph Turner had bought his mistress, Sophia Booth. Along Wapping Lane, meanwhile, stands the White Swan and Cuckoo which was built in 1850 when Wapping Lane was called Gravel Lane.

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