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Historic walk of East Londons Wapping Docks and its famous Pubs

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Stop At: Docklands, London, England

We start off in the futuristic Docklands

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Canary Wharf, London, England

Once the docks where ships from the Canary Islands plied their trade.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Museum of London Docklands, London, England

We will pass by the Museum of London Docklands and learn of the history of these old buildings and wharves.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Narrow Street Bridge

Before we get here, we will visit the famous Grapes Pub from where Sir Walter Raleigh set sail and with links to Charles Dickens, Oscar Wilde, Sherlock Holmes and many others.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Limehouse Basin Marina

This old trading dock is now a luxury marina.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: The Prospect of Whitby, London, England

This old pub has strong links with famous painters, writers and even royalty. Sat right by the river, we can go down onto the shore if the tide is out.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Wapping Old Stairs

From the old stairs at the end of Narrow Street we can see where Martin Frobisher set off to discover The Northwest Passage.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Thames River Police Museum, London, England

The Thames River Police are the oldest police force in the world. They still patrol the rivers keeping an eye out for crimes such as murder and suicide.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Metropolitan Police Marine Policing Unit

On the corner of Dundee Street we will see the old court for murders and suicides before hearing about William Peckover who perhaps performed the most incredible piece of maritime navigation in history.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Turner's Old Star

This famous old pub is the birthplace of perhaps our greatest painter. Before that it was the site of witchcraft!

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: St Peter's Church, London Docks

A beautiful old Roman Catholic Church

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Raine's House

Henry Raine was a wealthy brewer and owned a family business and a generous philanthropist who set up a school for the poor girls and boys in Wapping which is now one of the finest in the country.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: The Turk's Head

It is here the convicted pirates had there last drink before being hanged on the river Thames down the steps that we will be visiting shortly. Then on to St Johns Church with connections to Captain Cook and President Jefferson

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Town of Ramsgate, London, England

Dating from 1460, this old pub and the nearby stairs has seen more history than some cities. Captain Bligh (whose house site we visit) boarded HMS Bounty here. A crook who stole the Crown Jewels was caught here along with the hated Hanging Judge Jeffers. Many a pirate and criminal met their grisly end here too.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: St. Katharine Docks, London, England

The tour finishes in the shadow of Tower Bridge and the Tower of London in an old docks which is now the home to luxury yachts and boats belonging to the rich and famous.

Duration: 10 minutes
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our guide, Kevin, met us at our local tube station and we set off for Canary Wharf, a new financial district of London. Kevin was able to give us some real insight into the transformation of this area since he was born and raised in...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed 23 April 2019

I was interested in the Wapping/East East area due to a few recent reads. While in some ways it was disappointing in that so little of the old docks area is still intact, Kevin filled in incredible amounts of information so that you could wrap...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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