The Prospect of Whitby 1

57 Wapping Wall , London, E1W 3SH

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SquareMeal Review of The Prospect of Whitby

Probably dating from around 1520, this riverside pub claims to be the oldest on the Thames: Samuel Pepys and Charles Dickens reputedly drank here, and it was once a handy spot for a pint before or after an execution at the adjacent gallows, where pirates were regularly hanged. The gallows may have gone, but the uneven flagstone floors, dark rooms and a few of the old East End characters remain – although they've been joined by throngs of camera-toting tourists. It's now owned by Taylor Walker, so you could bend your elbow with a pint of 1730 Pale Ale while admiring the wood-panelled interior and pewter-topped bar, before sidling out to the small terrace for a view of the Wapping shoreline. The menu is full of traditional trencherman stuff – think pies, roasts, fish and chips or sausage and mash.

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The Prospect of Whitby is recommended for

Cool | Dark And Moody | Fun | Dates | Beer Garden | Outside Seating | Waterside

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Nearby Tube/Rail Stations

Wapping Tube Station 224m

Rotherhithe Tube Station 468m


Address: 57 Wapping Wall , London E1W 3SH

Area: Whitechapel Mile End

Opening times

Mon-Sun 12N-11pm (Fri-Sat -12M Sun -10.30pm)

Nearby Landmarks

Rotherhithe Youth Hostel 1km

Cafe Gallery 1km


Telephone: 020 7481 1095


Cuisine: Pubs

Private Dining: 35, 50


Food & Drink: 1.0

Service: 1.0

Atmosphere: 9.0

Value: 4.0

Food & Drink: 0.0

Service: 0.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 2.0

david b. 12 March 2013

A visit here in Summer last year brought back pleasant memories of visits long ago, but was spoiled by surly, unhelpful-in-the-extreme bar staff and the impression that there was little going for the place now except for its character and location: big shame, as it could be so very much better. I for one won't be returning in a hurry.

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