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Tobacco Dock

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by Mike Whyte (subscribe)
Published December 31st 2013
The new old place to visit

There are many people who know about this dock's neighbour - I have even talked about it before - St. Katherine's Dock. So I think it's time to introduce to you its more secret big brother, the more grown-up sounding Tobacco Dock.

Somewhat appropriately the original use of the Grade 1 Listed building was as a store of tobacco, which was received here from the New World. Skip forward to now and the function is slightly different, it is an events space, and a rather attractive one at that. for some it is known as one of the most important buildings in London, and can even boast its own pirate ship docked in the entrance.

Of the events its has held - A Taste Of Christmas is perhaps the most well-known, though it hosts everything from Film wrap parties to warehouse raves within its 19th Century brick walls. The Dock was originally supposed to become a successful shopping centre in the 1990's, to rival that of Covent Garden in fact, but this didn't take off - and the cost left the site out of use for well over a decade. Now the Dock is being used again for events and conferences, the signs of life are beginning to pulse away again, and possibly continue to even greater heights than in its heyday.

So whether it is as the venue for a cinema screening, or even a tattoo convention, it is worth coming along to this side of The Highway to check out the up-and-coming Dock of London.

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Why? The up-and-coming event space in London
When: As and when events are scheduled
Phone: 0207 680 4001
Where: 50 Porter's Walk, Wapping, London, E1W 2SF
Cost: As event
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