The Turks Head


A survivor of the Blitz, the Turk’s Head was a lively East End pub serving dock workers and their families until its closure in the 1950s.

The building then lay empty and unloved for many decades, serving as a storage depot for the Greater London Council and eventually falling into the hands of Tower Hamlets Council. After a vigorous local campaign, however, the building was reopened in 1992 and formed the heart of a new, independent charity dedicated to the improvement of Wapping. It is now run as a local cafe and community hub.

It is said that notorious pirate, Captain Kidd, had his last drink at the Turk’s Head before he was executed in 1701 and put in a gibbet to hang at Tilbury Point.


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