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Area Guide by Estate Agents in Wapping SE1

Rubbing shoulders with the Tower, Wapping has a unique offbeat charm and living in 
Wapping places you equidistant between the City and Canary Wharf.


Wapping SE1 Area Guide: Wapping is a historic and charming neighbourhood located in the East End of London on the North bank of the River Thames, between Tower Bridge and Limehouse, it sits along the wilder, more expansive stretch of the river. Known for its picturesque waterfront views, Wapping is a popular destination for those looking to experience the best of London's history and culture. With its cobbled streets, red-brick buildings, and Dickensian feel, Wapping is one of London's most atmospheric riverside areas known as the Covent Garden of the East End. 

A fascinating mixture of contemporary and historic buildings may be found here. The high-spec apartments are peppered with Georgian properties. The spacious warehouse and factory conversions are very much in demand and popular with City workers and families, creating a growing sense of community.  The wharfs are the finest properties in Wapping notably Olivers Wharf along with Wapping Wall. Set back from the river are '50s and '60s local authority housing blocks, as well as more recent '80s housing towards St Katharine Dock, Shadwell Basin and Tobacco Dock.

Wapping is sprinkled with green spaces and Wapping Woods and King Edward Memorial Park can be found on the other side of the river in East London.  The historic Wapping Pier Head is also a popular spot for taking in the views and enjoying a cup of coffee or a meal at one of the local cafes.

Another key feature of Wapping is its rich history. The area was once a bustling centre of trade and industry, and many historic warehouses and buildings have been beautifully preserved and converted into luxury apartments and lofts. The old warehouses are now popular with people looking for unique and spacious living spaces.

Wapping has a good quota of destination pubs. It is home to one of London’s oldest pubs, The Prospect of Whitby. Dating back to 1543s, it was a former meeting place for smugglers, sailors, cut-throats and footpads. Next to the pub are Pelican Stairs leading to the Thames where there's a replica of the old Execution Dock. Wapping Old Stairs is where condemned pirates were chained to a post to drown as the tide rose. On a cheerier note this was also where returning sailors were met by their sweethearts after a voyage. 

Wilton Music Hall has been classified as the world’s last surviving great music halls offering a plethora of entertainment, including drama, music, comedy, and film. Wapping is a quick walk from the South Bank, where you will find the London Eye and a great variety of museums, galleries, festivals, and exhibitions.

The area is also well-connected by bus, making it easy to get around. Wapping Overground Station and Shadwell DLR connect the area with the rest of East London and South London. At the same time, the nearby Tower Hill Underground Station serves both the District and Circle Lines. A journey from Tower Hill to Embankment takes around nine minutes, while Mile End would take just 7 minutes.

Overall, Wapping is a fantastic place to live for those looking for a unique and historic area with excellent views, great food, and easy access to the rest of London. Whether you're a first-time buyer or looking for a luxury apartment, Wapping offers everyone something. With its village like atmosphere, you will find a butcher, baker, post office, coffee shop, and green grocer as well as a Waitrose and M&S Simply Food, making it a convenient place to live.

Developments in Wapping:

London Dock
Tobacco Dock
21 Wapping Lane
Halcyon Wharf
Wapping Wall
Capital Wharf
Aberdeen Wharf
St Johns Wharf
Gun Wharf

Circa London is an independent sales and lettings agent in Wapping and the surrounding areas of prime central London.   If you're thinking about selling, or letting or are just curious, we'd be happy to value your property and share our expertise to help you plan for your property's future.

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