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The Prospect of Whitby

The Prospect of Whitby

Wapping’s landmark pub is

The oldest riverside pub in London, dating back to around 1520.

The Prospect of Whitby, formerly known as the Devil’s Tavern used to be a regular meeting place for smugglers, pirates and sailors with many historical figures having passed through it’s doors.  There are wonderful views of the Thames throughout the pub and history throughout including a rare-pewter topped bar.

There are literally hundreds of articles about the “Prospect” both written and on-line, but this short video from YouTube gives a fascinating insight into the history of the pub.

Wikipedia gives a good summary but the best way to find out is to head there for a drink and absorb the history first hand.

A place of historic interest as well as a friendly pub that offers a nice menu of “pub grub” and more.

As well as its own website, the Prospect of Whitby is featured on PUBS.COM.

In good weather the outdoor terrace which faces the Thames is a great place to relax and enjoy the river.

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Located on the Thames foreshore and dating from the 1520s, this old boozer has its original flagstone floor and a wonderful pewter bar from where you’ll be served (grumpily, on our visit) Greene King IPA, London Pride, Old Speckled Hen and Timothy Taylor Landlord, as well as eight red and white wines by the glass. The noose hanging outside is a reference to one of its most famous customers – ‘Hanging’ Judge Jeffreys. These days you’re more likely to be jostling for a seat with locals and tourists looking for one of the popular roast dinners. Find a spot overlooking the river out on the terrace or upstairs in the Pepys Room where there’s an open fire and – located on a shelf – a human ulna bone found in the pub.

Wednesday Quiz Night

Check the Prospect of Whitby’s Facebook Page for latest updates, but there is normally a quiz night on a Wednesday at 8pm


There’s great live music and this year you’ve been able to hear Sophia Ripley, described by BBC radio as “hitting the heart …caressing the spirit”.  The Facebook Page has up to date details of performances.

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  • Trubble

    Rude, lazy staff and food has rapidly been going downhill over the last year. Shame as its a lovely pub in a great location.

  • Fabio

    really great pub totally ruined by the lazy bar staff. The literally do not give a s*** about clients.

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  • http://www.vickieflores.com Vickie Flo

    Thanks for the update – have you tried it yet?

  • GHanna

    Good news. The Prospect has opened a new restaurant upstairs with proper waiter service. Good value menu and great food, if you particularly enjoy traditional meat dishes.

  • Spence

    Love the pub, especially on a cold winter’s evening. But the quality of food gets worse every time I go there. It’s fairly poor value compared to what’s available in many pubs these days.

  • Pete

    The Prospect is a great pub with a load of character, but it just could be better. As Helen said it suffers from the coach parties and generally being a tourist attraction as it’s in all the guide books.
    But it has much better beer for sure than the Captain Kidd

  • Helen

    Great building and garden and an extensive menu – but suffers from regular coach parties which occupy the kitchen (no not like that!) and delay the chance of anyone else ordering dinner. If you have all night it’s not a problem I guess.