There was a time when Wapping was a great nautical area, thanks to its proximity to the River Thames. It fell in to disrepair during the building of the London Docks, plus all the bombing that happened during the war, then saw a resurgence when the newspaper people moved in, turning the area into a media centre to rival Fleet Street.
All through these periods has been the Prospect of Whitby.
One of the finest pubs you could hope to find in London, The Prospect of Whitby is more than worthy of your attention.
It originally dates back to 1520, making it London's oldest riverside pub, and it also has some of its original features, including the floor. The history of the pub is also very interesting... It used to be very popular with such folk as smugglers and pirates in its day, though the clientèle is much warmer these days.
Talking of these days - it is possible to enjoy all the comforts you would expect to find in a modern day pub, but with all the historical décor, fixtures and fittings intact too. There's beer, food, and even WiFi, to keep you in touch with all your home comforts. Plus, the beer garden is an excellent place to park yourself come the summer.
Whether you're a fan of history, the water, or just simply like to sink a pint in agreeable surroundings, the Prospect of Whitby has everything you want and more.The only thing left to do is get in your boat, raise your flag, and sail down the river to stake your place at the bar (though you can take the Overground too if you prefer).