What are Wapping and London's Docklands like?
The Docklands, on the River Thames, is home to some of London’s most historic and characterful areas: the heart of the old docks around Wapping and Limehouse and Tower Hill, Shad Thames and Bankside.
Wapping in particular is a unique central London location, in that its residential areas can be very peaceful while still in sight of London's financial centres of the City and Canary Wharf.
Property in London's Docklands
Docklands is characterised by one, two- and three-bedroom apartments, of which there are two main types. Perhaps most typical are the archetypal riverside warehouse conversions, brimful of character and featuring exposed brickwork, beams and original loading bay doors. In contrast, a fine array of ultra-modern, portered developments boast gym and spa facilities, underground parking and balconies. Penthouses at the top of the market offer the ultimate in contemporary chic.
Deluxe modern apartments can be found almost anywhere in Docklands.
For classic warehouse conversions, look in and around Shad Thames, Butler’s Wharf, St Katherine Docks and Wapping High Street
For extreme luxury and ultra-modern style, head to Canary Riverside, West India Quay, Pan Peninsula and Neo Bankside.
The local scene
Wapping and the riverside around Tower Bridge are steeped in history yet thoroughly modern, defining the regeneration of London’s industrial heritage. At Execution Dock the shackles that once held the corpses of convicted pirates still clang at high tide. Cobbled lanes still criss-cross the district, between the handsome warehouses that once represented the nation’s role as the centre of world trade. Further upstream, the Tower of London is one of the most iconic historic buildings in the world; on the other side of the river, ancient and modern are represented by Shakespeare’s Globe and Tate Modern.
All this is set against the glistening architectural set-pieces of Canary Wharf, the Gherkin and the Shard, lending a thrilling contemporary edge. The close proximity of one of the most significant financial centres of the world means that there is no shortage of highly sophisticated and fashionable pubs, bars and eateries, including Conran’s, Le Pont de la Tour, The Chop House and Gordon Ramsay’s gastropub The Narrow. Wapping is also home to one of London’s oldest pubs, The Prospect of Whitby, which dates back to 1543.
Docklands is ideally situated for the City and Canary Wharf, which are easily walkable.
The Jubilee line at Canary Wharf runs between Stratford, Bond Street and the West End. The Circle and District lines are easily accessible at Tower Hill, while the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) provides services from Tower Gateway to Bank in just 6 minutes.
Overground services from Wapping run south to Croydon and Crystal Palace; north to Islington; and east to Watford. Mainline services to Kent and the South Coast leave from London Bridge Station.
City Airport is 25 minutes away.