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Walking in Wapping

Walking in Wapping

Much of Wapping is missed if you pass through it by bus, car or even bicycle.

It’s small so the perfect way to discover Wapping is on foot (with regular breaks at of the great cafes, pubs or restaurants).

It depends on your interests and how much time you have, but we’d suggest visitors allow at least half a day as it will give time to stop for a drink and absorb the area. If you’re local, it’s still worth taking the time to go on a Wapping Walk as you’ll definitely discover something new.

You can start at any place of interest you, but gain the most and miss the least we’d suggest one of these routed walks depending on your preferred start and end points.

London’s Waterside Walks is also a great book covering the Thames: it explains as you walk how Wapping only existed because of the river and London Docks, guiding you along the Thames through Wapping into the Docklands.

1.  Wapping and Shadwell (Walk 1) *

A route covering the key sites in Wapping and Shadwell

Ivory House
Dockmasters House and Swing Bridge
The Dickens Inn
Telford’s Footbridge
Wapping Pierhead Houses
The Town of Ramsgate Pub
Wapping Old Stairs
St John’s Church
Captain Kidd Pub
King Henry’s Wharf
Gun Wharves
Towerside and St Hildas Wharf
New Crane Wharf
The Prospect of Whitby
London Hydraulic Pumping Station
St Paul’s Church
Tobacco Dock
St George in the East

2.  Shadwell and Limehouse (Walk 2) *

A route covering key sites in Wapping and Limehouse

St George’s Town Hall
St George in the East
Tobacco Dock
St Paul’s Church
King Edward VII Memorial Park
Free Trade Wharf
Barley Mow Pub
Limehouse Basin
The Grapes
The House
Ropemakers Fields
St Anne’s Passage and Church
Limekiln Dock

3.  Wapping as Part of a London Thames Path Walk **

The other option is to include Wapping as part of a Thames Path or River Walk.

Part 1 of The Thames Path on the North Bank walk covers St Katherine Docks, Limehouse and Canary Wharf / Isle of Dogs.


There are many others, but these 3 are our favourites and also take you past the local cafes and restaurants.  Let us know if you’ve found others we should feature, either by posting below or Contact Us.

Guided Walks

From time to time there are guided walks around Wapping, which are thoroughly recommended

… not just for tourists!

You’ll get a fascinating insight into Wapping history from your guide which can make you shiver at times.

We tweeted in May about the ‘Port, pirates, police, press gangs and pubs’ walk in Wapping which was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone – we learnt about the previous lives of so many Wapping places and features we walk past every day without a second thought.

(*)  Provided by Tower Hamlets Council

(**)  Provided by Visit London

  • James

    London Transport Museum have just published a “Walk the Line” walk from Shadwell to Wapping. Well worth doing if you’re a visitor and end up there on the DLR or even if you’re local as I’ve been this way a few times and never noticed half the places!


  • http://www.vickieflores.com Vickie

    Hi Mark

    I’ll drop you mail, but at the moment one off events are going on the facebook page, but this is on a best efforts basis as the site doesn’t have the capacity at the moment to cover everything unfortunately.


    But really enjoyed the walk you did round here and sure others would too!

  • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Golders-Green/112438515434534?ref=ts#!/event.php?eid=108265032552171 Mark King


    I’ve posted a message offering to do the walk again (or other routes or themes in the area). How may we work together to build this up?

    Best wishes,


  • Vickie

    Great ‘Port, pirates …” walk in May. Thanks Mark!

  • http://www.vickieflores.com Vickie

    Really enjoyed the Port, pirates …walk.
    Thanks Mark!