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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.
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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.
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.
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" David was a pleasure to deal with. He was open and honest throughout the purchase process and managed expectations well. I'd be happy to sell with him when the time comes to move on. "
" Great service for very friendly staff throughout the initial process. Lee was very helpful in negotiating between the landlord and us (tenant) and offered good advice. Was very responsive throughout the agreement process. After sign-on, Hilary was our property manager who has been very helpful with any queries and issues we had, being also very responsive (even responding during late evening and weekend queries).
Could not ask for better service! "
Pam & JasonMay, 2018
" It has been a complete pleasure renting our property from Franklyn James and Dovile. Dovile is always quick to reply to any queries we have and is extremely helpful. She is very open and honest so provides all the information you need to know about a property. The whole experience of renting was stress free with her help. "
" In one word "Perfection". Dovile's services were second to none.
From day one she was happy to help with any query of ours. She was literally always there throughout the whole renting process. Not only did she contributed for the whole process to run as smooth as possible but also she always had a smile on her face which is vital for customer satisfaction.
Cheers Dovile!!! "
" We previously had our property with another agent for some time, and failed to find the right tennants. We moved to Franklyn James and Dovile immediately had viewings happening, she gave us great (timely) feedback and within a couple of weeks we had tenants moving in. This is our first time renting out a property so Dovile was able to help and advise on what needed to happen and when. Dovile was excellent from start to finish and working with Franklyn James has been very easy indeed. I would definitely recommend them, and especially Dovile. "
" Dovile has been very helpful and happy to answer any questions. The service I received is professional and efficient. Highly recommend! "
" Kylie and I cannot thank you enough for the level of service, help and support you have given us over the last 6 months. I really can't begin to say how much we appreciate yours and Antony's help. It was so nice to have an agent we could connect with on a personal level as well as a business one. Wishing you and your family all the best for the future. "
" David has provided great support throughout the whole process of selling our flat from the outset with his understanding of the local area and market conditions through to coordination with all parties at each stage and keeping us fully informed. I would certainly recommend David and Anthony at Franklyn James to anyone seeking a thoroughly professional and supportive service. "
" Dovile was Excellent.
Booked a viewing with her towards the end of December, she made every effort to work around my busy work schedule, unlike other estate agents she actually turned up and was knowledgeable about the property she was showing. She would pick up calls after hours and during her day off to answer any question I had.
She made this whole process very enjoyable and by end of January I had moved into my new flat. "
Miss JohnsonJanuary, 2018
" David has been amazing and completely professional in our first property purchase. We wanted to see the property a number of times before deciding and he has been so accommodating. David is/was very easy to reach and always contactable for any questions throughout the whole process. David is probably the most patient and down to earth estate agent I've met - Thank you David! I would recommend to anyone. "