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Published January 22nd 2014
The oldest pub on the River Thames

There are many pubs in Wapping. In fact there are many excellent pubs in Wapping, but there is only one Town of Ramsgate. Why does this fact matter to you? Well it is quite simply the oldest pub on the River Thames (as its website proudly states).

Ok, now you're probably just how old is it? Well, this pub has been known as the Town of Ramsgate since 1811, which is pretty impressive already - but listen to this, there has been a pub on this site all the way back in the 1460s, which means the time of The War of the Roses - now that's some history.

And as always, the best kind of history is one you can actively take part in - and what better way to soak up over 700 years of it, than with a pint at a table perhaps a pirate may have sat at?

Fast forward to now and I wonder what the looks on the sailors (and those pirates) faces would have been if they could see what's happening within the building now. Calypso evenings, and the Last Night of the Proms have been some of the events to feature - though it is more likely you will arrive for a meal, a roast, or a pub quiz (depending on the day you go).

Should you be hungry, of course pub food is the order of the day, and with all the usual suspects on offer (think fish and chips, burgers and pies), you'll find something that will match your pint perfectly.

So head along to the Town of Ramsgate soon, and take a careful look around, as there are not many pubs you can call living museums - but this is definitely one of them...

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Why? Not just a pub, but a living museum
When: 12pm - 12am (7 days a week)
Phone: 0207 481 8000
Where: 62 Wapping High Street, Wapping, London, EW1 2PN
Cost: Pub prices
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