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Wapping

For a taste of Victorian London without the choking smog, Wapping is Sherlock Holmes meets Harry Potter, with a bit of Blackbeard’s Ghost thrown in. Alleyways, courtyards, arches and cobbles lend the area an exciting, spooky, ever-so-slightly magical feel.

Estate and letting agents Wapping

At Franklyn James we believe in no half measures. We are transparent in how we do business, committed to achieving your goals, and we take pride in every element of our work. If you’re thinking of selling, letting, or using property management in the Wapping area, let us be frank, you need Franklyn James.

Sitting beside the north bank of the River Thames in the Borough of Tower Hamlets in East London, Wapping has a strong maritime history and vibe, with lots of riverside pubs and walkways. Many of the original warehouses and maritime buildings were cleared to make way for the London Docks, and even more were destroyed in the Second World War, but the area still retains its historic charm.

Despite the fact that many were demolished, Wapping still has plenty of warehouses, most of which lay abandoned following the Blitz. However, since the 1980s, the London Docklands Development Corporation have been redeveloping the area and have created some stunning warehouse conversions and luxury apartments. You’ll also find a number of charming Victorian terraces.

Fulfilling your lifestyle aspirations…

There is plenty to do, see and taste in Wapping. If you’re a fan of Italian food, and quite frankly who isn’t, you’ll want to drop into Gastronomica on Garnet Street, a cafe-cum-deli stocking authentic Italian food and drink, and serving up breakfast, lunch and dinner all week long. Locals say they have the friendliest service around, so pop in for a morning coffee, or olives and wine in the evening, and you’re sure to be chatting away in no time. For more shopping delights, some of London’s oldest and most famous markets, including Spitalfields and Petticoat Lane, are just around the corner.

For an after work drink with a slightly spooky edge, drop by The Prospect of Whitby – an historic and atmospheric pub on the Wapping riverside close to the Execution Dock of old. Many a pirate and smuggler suffered a grim fate here and the spot is marked by a scaffold and hangman’s noose. The pub offers a fantastic view of the Thames, and you may even spot a ghostly pirate or two!

 

The historic Wilton’s Music Hall is an impressive performing arts space tucked away on Graces Alley, where you’ll really feel like you’ve stepped back in time. John Wilton opened the concert hall in the mid-19th century and the building has miraculously survived in more or less its original condition ever since. With a unique facade of Victorian house fronts, exposed brick, peeling paint, mismatched colours and hanging baskets, the premises are the very definition of shabby chic! Inside, there is a bar and study both brimming with original period features, but the real star of the show is the music hall itself, with a high ceiling, three-sided gallery and an arch stage, giving it a church-like feel. The hall has been sympathetically refurbished to support the needs of modern productions, but still retains its period features and charm. This is a truly spectacular venue for the concerts, theatre and variety acts regularly hosted here.

Getting around

Wapping Overground station (Zone 2) sits on the East London Line, between Shadwell and Rotherhithe, for easy connection to the Underground network and the DLR. Tower Hill Tube station is close by, from which you can get to Victoria station in around 14 minutes. Buses serving Wapping include the 100 and D3.

Families will love

The Thames Path is perfect for a family weekend walk, where you can swap (or invent) stories about the smugglers, pirates and sailors who trod the same path centuries ago.

There are plenty of great schools in Wapping, including St Peter’s London Docks Primary School and Hermitage Primary School. Located not far away, St Michael’s Catholic College and Mulberry School for Girls are good local secondary schools. To discover properties within the catchment area, contact Franklyn James, sales and letting agents Wapping.

Local amenities around Wapping

  • Il Bordello restaurant
  • Smith's restaurant
  • Captain Kidd pub
  • The Prospect of Whitby pub
  • Town of Ramsgate pub
  • King Edward Memorial Park
  • Tobacco Dock
  • St Katharine Docks

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LimehouseWapping estate & letting agents - testimonial

" David is just fantastic, very proactive and responsive. We took a bit of time deciding on the property and asked to see it several times. David was always very accomodating and happy to schedule the viewings for us at the most suitable time. During the buying process everything was just perfect. We never had to chase. We both highly reccommend David and will use his help again. "

AlonaOctober, 2017

LimehouseWapping estate & letting agents - testimonial

" The team at Franklyn James has been very professional and proactive. Lee was particularly helpful and always responded very promptly whenever we had any queries, which made our lives less stressful! A very satisfying experience overall in renting our flat. "

IonianOctober, 2017

LimehouseWapping estate & letting agents - testimonial

" Friendly and professional team at Limehouse. Lee, Tristan and Gary Provided information promptly and addressed any queries swiftly. Would recommend. "

D JohnsonOctober, 2017

LimehouseWapping estate & letting agents - testimonial

" Lee is really professional with quick response from beginning to the end and frequently provides advice wholeheartedly. I appreciate his assistance and the renting experience with his assistance is impressive and unforgettable. "

LSeptember, 2017

LimehouseWapping estate & letting agents - testimonial

" We had an amazing experience with Franklyn James, and especially with Tristan and Gary, who supported us from the flat searching to the handover of the keys to our new flat.
Tristan was amazingly helpful with us, we had tons of questions about our prospective flat and he patiently answered all of our queries. He also followed our referencing process closely, so that this went through as quickly as possible. We couldn't have had a better experience!
Gary helped us through the signing of the contract and handover of the keys and we couldn't be more satisfied with the service we received.
We would definitely recommend Franklyn James to all prospective tenants, they are a extremely helpful, professional, caring and super efficient. "

LIndaSeptember, 2017

LimehouseWapping estate & letting agents - testimonial

" Franklyn James did an excellent job letting out my flat in Limehouse. I had previously used Foxtons but I feel their standard have dropped recently and think this is likely because they do not have an office which focuses exclusively on the Limehouse area. Franklyn James do and it shows as they really seem to understand the area and the value proposition of my property.

It is also worth noting that the level of service they provide is very high, both from the Sales team but also Property Management and Accounts Management. Swift and accurate responses at all times. "

BenSeptember, 2017

LimehouseWapping estate & letting agents - testimonial

" We were glad we made the enquiry to Franklyn James and was passed directly to Tristan.
Tristan is the epiphany of professionalism and courtesy.
He was happy to hear our requirements, discuss our options and make valuable proposals. He had never refused to revert and respond to even the most difficult of questions, almost seven days a weeks! He is an asset to the Organisation.
I highly recommend Tristan and indeed Frankly James! "

JC & SYSeptember, 2017

LimehouseWapping estate & letting agents - testimonial

" David provided an excellent service from viewing to completion on our recent purchase of a flat in Bow. David was very knowledgeable and answered all our questions thoroughly. He also went out of his way to be useful and we are very grateful for his help. "

MarcusSeptember, 2017

LimehouseWapping estate & letting agents - testimonial

" From the outset David has been a pleasure to work with. I highly recommend David for his professionalism and dedication to providing the best possible service for his clients. "

LOAugust, 2017

LimehouseWapping estate & letting agents - testimonial

" I would like to express a note of thanks for Lee Alter. I am very pleased with all the work he has done. I highly recommend working with Lee, as he always answers emails on time, offers the best possible solutions, very kind and lovely person (which is very important quality for the time of job he does), knows well what is going on the market, very professional and has advanced knowledge in the time of work he does. Many thanks! "

Natalia KalenovaJuly, 2017