The Prospect of Whitby

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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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57 Wapping Wall, Wapping, London, E1W 3SH

020 7481 1095 020 7481 1095


Opening Times

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


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2 Reviews 


12 February 2024  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
Favourite pub

This pub is a London gem. Amazing spot in the summer to sit overlooking the Thames, with great choice of drinks. So much history to absorb here too. This is a fab pub and, under the management of Sarah and crew, this has become our favourite local. The food is great, fresh and tasty. Our party dined in on Friday. Had the fish and chips, signature burger and Korean chicken burger. Washed down with Guinness, wine and beers. Super busy with all tables full but food arrived promptly and it was super tasty, well-portioned and fresh. Delivered with a smile too!

david B

12 March 2013  
Food & Drink 0.5
Service 0.5
Atmosphere 4.5
Value 2
Nice pub - shame about some of the staff !
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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