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Shops and Amenities for Wapping (update)

Shops and Amenities for Wapping (update)

Wapping already has some great shops, pubs, cafes and restaurants.

Thank you to residents who have written and shared reviews of favourite Wapping places to eat and drink. There are still some missing, but by the end of the year we hope to have most of them covered.

Please get in touch if your favourite’s not included and you’d like to write for the site – the resident reviews are always the most popular pages on the site and everyone finds them really useful!

What does Wapping still Lack and Need?

NEW: Wapping Library Update

Wapping Library closed in 2007 and a number of residents contacted Tower Hamlets Council asking for it to be reinstated. Councillor Emma Jones recently received a response dated 17 September from LBTH who have concluded that there is insufficient demand for such as service in Wapping.

[View LBTH Response: PDF (1.2 MB)]

Does Wapping Want and Need a Library?

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

    Not sure how they can accurately judge the demand for a mobile library based on who used it three years ago, particularly as despite having lived in the area for ten years, I was never aware of it.

  • josephine

    Thanks very much Helen.

  • Helen

    Nearest charity shop is in Watney Market, Spitalfields Crypt Trust (?) which I think funds services for homeless people. They have another branch a couple of miles away in Chrisp St Market.

  • josephine

    A library would be wonderful. Incidentally, where are the nearest charity shops to Wapping?

  • Helen

    Thoroughly support the library suggestion. We had one until a few years ago in St Peter’s Community Centre. Small but useful. I’d like to see it return, esp with a children’s section, adult non-fiction and fiction esp for those unable to get to Watney Market library (which genres? Let’s ask folk what they want!) but in particular a reference section with daily newspapers, and local history/Thames river books. Some of the latter are out of print now but could and should be made available here. Might need to open late at least once a week and/or Saturday opening. A mobile library used to visit Wapping once a week for those with limited mobility and to my eyes was well-supported with customers – this service was removed a few years ago on the grounds of cost, although this was well before October 2008 I think. I saw culture minister Ed Vaizey on TV suggesting libraries should henceforth be available in non-traditional spaces such as pubs (great for the kids eh? Careful with that pint … oh dear) and er, community centres. Obviously I shouted at the screen. Some one-stop services there would be handy too.

  • James

    It’s sounding like we need some kind of “community” shop that combines library, local help, charity shop ….

  • Derian

    Brock: yes, you’re quite right. I just re-read my comment about warehousing and that image of Jean-Luc Picard’s weary facepalm sprung to mind :-)

  • Brock

    “Can’t recall any area that looks like warehousing though. Odd.”

    I know what you mean, but an unusual statement to make when referring to Wapping High St :)

  • Paulie-K

    Perhaps controversially, returning a library to Wapping, with various one stop solutions for council matters and drop off for items to be donated to charity etc.

  • Derian

    Brock, yep. Can’t recall any area that looks like warehousing though. Odd.

    James, I agree that a charity shop would be great. The overheads might be quite high though. An alternative might be a charity/freecycle pick-up space, where people could leave any stuff they don’t want, but also take any stuff that they do. With a weekly arrangement for a charity to come and take whatever’s left.

  • James

    Thanks for the comments – v useful information I didn’t know.
    I would like to see a charity shop in Wapping, but not sure whether it would be able to cover costs

  • Brock

    yep. Kidd is Sam Smith’s, but the address given must be a few doors down.

  • Derian

    The Captain Kidd’s Sam Smith’s isn’t it?

  • Brock

    Car park opposite Capt Kidd – according to planning permission docs on LBTH site, site is owned by Sam Smith brewery and registered for use as a car park for workers in their warehouse at 116-120 Wapping High St.
    http://194.201.98.213/WAM/showCaseFile.do;jsessionid=2CEC08F4D624D31532F2EACAA512057D?action=show&appType=Planning&appNumber=PA/04/244

  • Brock

    Tobacco Dock is used as an events venue occasionally – it had the Tattoo Convention last year and used to be used semi-regularly for post-premiere parties (Moulin Rouge, and one of the Lord of the Rings films amongst others). It’s owned by “Messila House”.

  • Dan

    Really interested in what’s going to happen with the lot, Tobacco Dock and the car park. To that list I’d like to add the abandoned Smollkensky’s, the now closed Nakhon Thai, Metropolitan Wharf and the ugly white building that appears to just have been sold on St Katharines Way. Interested in hearing any ideas or existing plans for those locations.

  • Derian

    Ah, just 6. That’s interesting …

  • Derian

    @ Brock: Yes, I noticed that (about the allotments) on that link that you kindly provided on Town Council article. I hope there’s enough support.

    I agree about Tobacco Dock and their car park too.

  • Brock

    It’s possible that the allotment ‘rule’ applies to LBTH as well, I’m not sure.

    Small Holdings and Allotments Act 1908 has the details – basically if there’s 6 or more of you wanting allotments the council have to look into it.

  • Brock

    @Derian the town council proposed, whilst having a lot of ‘powers’ to change things, has only one or two obligations. One of these is to provide allotments when requested by enough local people.

    I agree about the wasteland nr Capt Kidd. Also would be great to have Tobacco Docks used again (lots of flats going up near there, so maybe an opportunity for retail space again? And their car park (between TD and the Highway has been boarded up for a long time as well – there was once a rumour of a cinema going up, but I don’t think there are any plans for it at the moment.

  • Derian

    Does anyone know who owns that piece of ground opposite the Captain Kidd? Whenever I walk past I think it’s such a shame that there’s just one or two cars securely parked amidst all the weeds.

    Given the lack of free parking space around here, it would be nice if the owner would open it up to the community for parking.

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    Another amenity I’d like would be a community allotment. That’s a very tricky ‘ask’ – where? Not much space unless we give up some park/recreation land. Maybe we could start a share a garden scheme? I don’t know how much enthusiasm there’d be for it … but maybe there are a few people like me that would be prepared to do someone’s gardening in return for being able to grow some fruit and veg in part of it.

  • Caitriona

    One of my issues with Wapping is that practically all of the available retail space is taken up with Realtors. It’s a shame: There would be so much potential for little independent shops like on Lamb Conduit Street beside Russell Square if they weren’t hogging the best properties. How many Real Estate Agents can one area need?

  • Helen

    Fishmonger please.

    Stationers? Not really for me at least, the Post Office sells good range of essential items and gifty cardy things available in fancy shop just by ‘our’ Waitrose.

    Must say, for anything mundane not available around here I sometimes trudge up to Watney Market, eg basic painting and decorating, shoe repairs. I sometimes think one of those ubiquitous hardware cum plasticmongers shops might be handy here. Dunno.