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Website Update & Suggestions

Website Update & Suggestions

[updated 30 September]

Very grateful for your suggestions and we’ve made changes since the site was launched on 1 June 2010, so with your help we’ll continue to improve What’s in Wapping.

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Write for the Site?

If you’re interested in writing for the website please Contact Us as we’re hoping to publish reviews of Wapping’s favourite restaurants, cafes and pubs this year, giving the local view. You’ll always get credited for writing (or have a pen name!) and we’ll put a link to your blog, personal or business website too which lots of people will see, not just residents!

Plans for the Wapping Website

We’ve got some technical stuff to finish in October, so please bear with us but after that we’ll be integrating a discussion forum to cope with all the comments, as people have so much to say! This will help with other suggestions like helping you find sports partners, arranging social drink, events and freecycling unwanted items.

We’re adding events to the Facebook Events page as a temporary solution and you don’t need to be signed up to Facebook to view the events, but know many people aren’t happy using Facebook in any shape or form. So later this year we’re hoping to bring an events calendar onto the site.


Please keep the suggestions coming and we’ll summarise them later this year with an online survey where you can vote for what you want and we’ll take it from there.

Thank You!

Contributions from Wapping residents and visitors are what’s made the site such a success so please keep sending them in and we’ll do our best to keep up.  And please help to tell fellow neighbours and residents about the site as whilst Wapping’s not that big there’s no reason it can’t have a decent website!

Please feel free to post suggestions and comments here, contact us directly or on Twitter @WappingLondon.

Kind regards and thanks for your support.


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  • http://www.paulbrockphotography.co.uk Brock

    Good answer Mark, always telling friends trying to photograph at night on a compact best it is flash off if you’re at e.g. a festival or stadium.

    Other than that would depend on the subject….even a ‘good’ camera will need a tripod (or at worst a wall to rest on) to get good night shots. If you’re just after landscapes/architecture then shutter speed isn’t so important and you can get away with just having long exposures like Mark says – if you want people, boats, cars etc it’s a little trickier.

    As a rough guide a compact camera and possibly a cameraphone will give you around 3 seconds, a midrange prosumer (around £200-300,looks a bit like an SLR but isn’t) will give up to about 15 seconds, and the SLRs will give at least 30seconds and often much longer.

    Take a look through Flickr for the cameras you’re interested in to see what they can do.

    But yeah, main things, flash off and use a tripod/wall.

    My new cameras tend to get a workout round Wapping,often at night so here’s a few from days gone by:

    Compact camera,2002:


    ‘Prosumer’ fuji S7000,2004:


    Entry level SLR,2007:

  • http://www.baynes.co.uk Mark Baynes

    In answer to John’s question about what sort of camera you need to take good night photos – any really! The main thing is to TURN YOUR FLASH OFF!!!! I see lots of people trying to take pics at night but their flash is firing – so all you will get is the 15 feet in front of you that the flash illuminates. So once you have done that…

    Make sure your camera is really steady. Ideally mount it on a tripod but you can use a wall, a car roof, whatever. Lots of cameras now have a ‘night mode’ which will probably do a half way reasonable job, but the best thing is to put your camera on manual on a tripod and take a range of exposures, probably starting with a second (yes a whole second!) and then four second, then eight, then 15 seconds then thirty. See what you have got, see which is the best exposure, then bracket around then – so say it is 15 seconds then try 10, 15, 20…..

    Night photography needs lots of practise to get right, dont expect instant results.

  • http://www.WhatsinWapping.co.uk What’s in Wapping

    Hi John …working on a proper discussion forum right now and hope it will be ready by the end of the month.
    We definitely have a few photographers in Wapping, so sure one of them will be able to help and look forward to seeing your photos!

  • john

    Where’s the Get Info Page………….The general page where we can ask for a bit of advice and all the helpful souls will pour forth to impart with their knowledge to aid and abet us thickos in our hour of need. Alright I’ll kick it off and ask for information on how to take good photographs at night and what would be a good camera to purchase in order to do so. Now remember I want this dumbed down to monosyllablc rules and instructions. The abstention period from alcohol in order to get a clear view may be a good start but hopefully not compulsory. Thank you in advance.

  • http://www.WhatsinWapping.co.uk What’s in Wapping

    Thanks a lot Derian! Lots going on behind the scenes too but it this should help improve speed and issues people have had using different internet browsers (fingers crossed).

  • Derian

    Vickie, I just wanted to say thanks for the website update. It looks great! Thanks for all your hard work.

  • http://www.WhatsinWapping.co.uk What’s in Wapping

    Definitely going to do a review shortly, so it would be great if you can :) and 11 years classes as a serious local so would be great to hear from you or even just a few thoughts on the beer!

    And if anyone else has any thoughts or views on the Captain Kidd, please do get in touch too

  • http://www.paulbrockphotography.co.uk Brock

    I’ve considered the Kidd my ‘local’ for the last 11 years…I really should be able to put something together! No promises….

  • http://www.WhatsinWapping.co.uk What’s in Wapping

    ok, majority view … 2 separate issues

    As an aside, it was great to put a couple names to faces tonight as well as over the weekend – hadn’t realised quite how much community spirit there was in Wapping!

    On the other feedback points, work is in progress (between the day job) to move servers and integrate proper forum software on the site. Apart from the town council and mayor debates having a forum will address many of the other points people have raised. Can’t commit to dates yet, but work in progress and expected early October.

    Got a good post coming soon on seniors in Wapping and are on the lookout for anyone who fancies a Captain Kidd review?

    Many thanks to everyone who’s contributed, written, photographed, inspired and supported so far!

  • Derian

    I agree with you too, Robin. A separate page for the various mayor candidates to set their stall out (if they want to) – so we know who they are and so we can make an informed decision about voting on the 21st October. And we can obviously then put their varying manifestos in context of the Wapping Town Council issue.

  • Brock

    I agree with Robin. :)

  • Robin

    I am wondering if there should be a separate page for the Mayor of Tower Hamlets campaign. I may be a minority of one, but it seems to me that the Wapping Town Council discussion is now very close to a wider discussion on the agendas of the two candidates for Mayor who have posted. It also seems a bit odd to have a mini-manifesto from the LibDems on this page, given that the Town Council is being sold as an apolitical enterprise – but I can see that at present, there is no other logical place to post it. It would be helpful to have more facts shared about the pros and cons of the Town Council though I appreciate polemic is perhaps more fun for those concerned. After all, the new Mayor will have an effect on Wapping so the discussion itself is not outwith the mission of this website but perhaps now is the time to separate this from the Town Council discussion if possible.

  • Derian

    Hi Vickie, thanks for your reply.

    I’m a New Crane Wharf resident and New Crane Wharf has its own website and forum: http://www.newcranewharf.co.uk/

    I wonder if there would be any benefit to joining forces (or maybe a link) to the NCW forum? Just an idea …

  • http://www.WhatsinWapping.co.uk What’s in Wapping

    Hi Derian

    Such a good idea, as like you say with large objects it’s not easy to get to the other side of Tower Hamlets so people often throw stuff away.

    The freecycle site needs Wapping moderators if it was setup as its own area as everything gets hit by spam, it’s a pain. This site gets over 100 spam comments a day which we do our best to catch but still have to review them, as sometimes there’s a genuine one in there and the Wapping facebook page also got spammed recently.

    If no one picks it up before, it’s definitely something we can do here but just not until we get a proper forum going with logins.

  • Derian

    Hi Vickie

    Yes, I use the Tower Hamlets freecycle which is good although a little trickier if you have heavier items to give away e.g. books and are relying on public transport … the same point applies to charity shops which are a bus ride away. I’m not really sure how the technicalities would work and what amount of moderating (if any) would be required tbh.

  • Haydi

    Thanks for the update and I’m loving finding out what’s happening it’s a great idea for a website. I agree an events schedule would be good especially if people can upload the events themselves. I know a lot of people are on it but I’m not on facebook and don’t want to go near it for good reasons so would much rather it was on a normal website.
    Just to add about the boat parties comment, I’m in Limehouse and they’re driving us crazy there too. Not as bad as during the summer but Friday and Saturday can still be pretty noisy!

  • http://www.WhatsinWapping.co.uk What’s in Wapping

    Hi Derian and thanks for the suggestion. It’s something a few people have mentioned now and are keen to do more of.

    There is an existing freecycle for Tower Hamlets (which includes Wapping) at

    So if anyone has anything they want to pass on or acquire right now this is a good place to look.

    Going forward I think there’s a few options for Wapping:
    - we stick with the Tower Hamlets freecycle and use that
    - we setup our own Wapping area freecycle on the site (this would need someone to pick it up and run)
    - we build something into the Wapping website

    My concern with trying to do it here other than cost/technical requirements is that looking through the freecycle site every area on it are looking for moderators constantly – both to remove offensive content and get rid of spam.

    I wasn’t keen to make this site login/membership as didn’t want to put people off but the spam problem is unfortunately a reality one I’m going to have to find a solution for soon. It’s getting worse as more people find out about the site and there was a problem with it on the facebook page this week although think that’s resolved now.

    Interested what people think and whether Wapping using the Tower Hamlets freecycle would work?

    All the best


  • Derian

    Is there any possibility/benefit to setting up a freecycle type page?

  • http://www.WhatsinWapping.co.uk WiW

    Interesting point Brock and one I need to give more thought to. I had no idea the site would develop in quite this way when I started it!

    I think the website gives a useful place where people can raise and openly discuss issues (and also gives the opportunity to respond) which is good for raising awareness. But agree it could be a problem where views are split, so I’ll do my best to remain independent and present both or more sides of anything.

    Open to suggestions on how best to do this (within my technical capabilities). And I don’t think I have time between the day job to start campaigning as well as running the site so will have to rely on others for that.

    All the best and thanks


  • Monique

    David – I love a good boat party, so quite tolerant of them, but starting to get very fed up with the late night music.

    I’m a nurse working shifts and it’s a nightmare when I’m on early’s on a Saturday or Sunday

  • Samuel

    Great idea for a website and really useful to find out what’s going on in Wapping, especially if you’ve just moved here like me.

  • David

    Is anyone else getting heartily sick of the party boats? They are blasting out music at a volume which would not be acceptable on land. They seem to be louder than ever before this year and were going strong at around 1 am last night.

  • http://www.paulbrockphotography.co.uk Brock

    A very helpful and informative site, cheers for all your hard work!

    I think the aspect of the site that needs the most thought is the ‘campaigning’, and how the site can be used in this way without alienating those readers with differing views. Maybe a bit more clarity on if there is a set of values for the site – expanding out the aim

    “Raise awareness of local issues and support Wapping community projects.”

    e.g. if one of the riverside pubs applied for a 3am licence, and some residents supported it and some opposed it, what would WIW do? What *should* it do?