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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

" Great service, kind and fast responder. Glad to have done businesses with him! He helped us going beyond his duties. "

LuisDecember, 2017

LimehouseWapping estate & letting agents - testimonial

" Recently sold our flat through Frankly James. Had a very positive experience and found them to be exceptionally professional throughout.

We had four different agents give us valuations - which differed hugely between high and low. Antony provided our valuation on behalf of Franklyn James and impressed not just with accuracy and justification of his assessment but also with the amount of homework he'd done - including pulling out the previous particulars from when we bought it, something which the agency which actually sold it to us had not.

After a further discussion we agreed on a price at which we would market and a level which we were aiming for. Throughout the process we were kept well informed of viewings and given good feedback. It didn't take long to get an offer which we were happy to accept though, as were agreed within two weeks.

David and Antony did a good job of nudging the sale along as the lawyers were doing their work and ensuring any sticking points got dealt with promptly, meaning we exchanged a mere 6 weeks after the offer was accepted - pretty quick for a leasehold property.

Would definitely recommend them to anyone looking to sell in the area. "

Rob McLeodNovember, 2017

LimehouseWapping estate & letting agents - testimonial

" A very good Estate Agent. Found David to be professional throughout the buying process, sticks to his words and happy to resolve issues when needed. David is also easy to reach and always contactable. Would recommend David to friends, colleagues etc. "

JNovember, 2017

LimehouseWapping estate & letting agents - testimonial

" I found David to be one of the best agents that I have used. He was always contactable and responded quickly to any questions without the need to be chased. He was also very helpful and patient with me while I decided on a property. Would certainly recommend David and use him again. "

TerryNovember, 2017

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