Guide to living in Wapping

Wapping is a hidden gem along the River Thames, with charming cobbled streets and historic buildings including Prospect of Whitby, the oldest riverside pub in London, dating back to 1520. Professionals are often attracted to the area because it is within walking distance to both the City and Canary Wharf

About Wapping

Situated within walking distance of Tower Bridge, Limehouse, and other prized East London Locations, Wapping is a prime Tower Hamlets neighbourhood that offers brilliant lifestyle options for families and professionals. 

Period warehouse conversions found in the area provide a contrast to the backdrop of modern skyscrapers in the neighbouring areas; from here, you can see the ‘Gherkin’ in the City of London, the HSBC building in Canary Wharf, and the Shard on the South Bank. 

Properties in Wapping

Wapping features characterful warehouse conversions and modern glass-fronted riverside apartments amid beautiful cobbled streets. Popular warehouse developments include Oliver’s Wharf and Great Jubilee Wharf, which provide fantastic riverside views. More modern developments can be found around the glamorous St Katharine Docks. 

Popular terrace houses are positioned a few streets back from the Thames in areas such as Portland Square, making ideal family homes. London Docks will be developed over the next six years, creating 1,800 new homes. This is likely to create more demand for property in the area and push house prices up, making Wapping a great place to invest. 

Lifestyle & History 

Wapping provides an unparalleled lifestyle for professionals and families alike. With many things to enjoy, from taking a stroll through Wapping Woods near Shadwell Basin to enjoying a drink at one of the many riverside pubs, there’s an abundance of leisure activities to fill the weekends. 

There’s no shortage of historic buildings either—the 19th Century Wapping Wall, Wapping Old Stairs, Execution Dock, and beautiful Georgian Properties lining cobblestone streets all make for a neighbourhood with a stunning sense of heritage. 

Food & Drink on Wapping High Street & Wapping Lane 

Wapping High Street is a great place to enjoy downtime in this riverside neighbourhood. Lined with independent shops and local favourite restaurants, they add vibrancy to the area, giving it a sense of fun and community. 

Wapping Lane is also home to trendy bars and restaurants, including award-winning butchers, grocers, and bakeries. 

During weekends, the nearby St Katharine Docks has a buzzing social scene, with a wide range of restaurants in a picturesque harbour setting. Sunday ramblers will enjoy the Thames Path walkway, lined by fantastic pubs. 

Green Spaces 

Wapping has superb green spaces — chief among them are Wapping Woods and Wapping Rose Gardens — neither short on outdoor seating to soak up the sun during summer. Other notable green spaces include Wapping Green and King Edward Memorial Park. 

Transport Links 

The area is filled with convenient transport links that connect East London with the rest of the city. Stations in the area include: 

  • Wapping Station  
  • Tower Gateway 
  • Shadwell DLR 
  • Tower Hill 

Schools 

Wapping is near many outstanding schools, including Hermitage Primary School, Wapping High School, and St. Paul’s Way Secondary School.  

Living in Wapping – Frequently Asked Questions 

What part of London is Wapping? 

Wapping is located in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, close to Tower Hill, Shadwell Basin, and Canary Wharf, among many other prized locations. 

How far is Wapping from Canary Wharf? 

You can get to Canary Wharf from Wapping in just over 15 minutes by catching the Wapping Overground to Shadwell and the DLR from there to Canary Wharf. On a summers day, it’s an easy walk / wheeling/ cycle session between Shadwell and Wapping and sometimes quicker than public transport! This makes it an ideal location for professionals who work in the area. 

How far is Wapping from Tower Bridge? 

Tower Bridge is just a walk away from the centre of Wapping, or about 5 minutes via bus. 

What are the average prices in the area? 

The average sale price for homes in E1 is around £561,000*. For more information, contact one of our Wapping Estate Agents today. 

*Source: Rightmove latest data. Page updated October 2023 

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Property for sale in Wapping

Millennium Square, London, SE1
Offers in excess of £725,000

Millennium Square, London, SE1

The Triangle, London, SE1
Offers in excess of £1,750,000

The Triangle, London, SE1

Cinnamon Wharf, London, SE1
£595,000

Cinnamon Wharf, London, SE1

The Triangle, London, SE1
£650,000

The Triangle, London, SE1

Axis Court, London, SE16
£775,000

Axis Court, London, SE16

Vogans Mill Wharf, London, SE1
Offers in excess of £750,000

Vogans Mill Wharf, London, SE1

Vogans Mill Wharf, London, SE1
£995,000

Vogans Mill Wharf, London, SE1

Cinnabar Wharf West, London, E1W
Offers in excess of £2,000,000

Cinnabar Wharf West, London, E1W

Admirals Court, London, SE1
£1,150,000

Admirals Court, London, SE1

Halcyon Wharf, London, E1W
£690,000

Halcyon Wharf, London, E1W

Vogans Mill Wharf, London, SE1
Offers in excess of £1,050,000

Vogans Mill Wharf, London, SE1

Spice Quay Heights, London, SE1
£2,000,000

Spice Quay Heights, London, SE1

Butlers Wharf Building, London, SE1
Offers in excess of £3,000,000

Butlers Wharf Building, London, SE1

Butlers Wharf Building, London, SE1
£1,950,000

Butlers Wharf Building, London, SE1

Butlers Wharf Building, London, SE1
£2,350,000

Butlers Wharf Building, London, SE1

Butlers & Colonial Wharf, London, SE1
Offers in excess of £600,000

Butlers & Colonial Wharf, London, SE1

Butlers Wharf Building, London, SE1
£2,500,000

Butlers Wharf Building, London, SE1

Rotherhithe Street, London, SE16
Offers in excess of £725,000

Rotherhithe Street, London, SE16

Baltic Court, London, E1W
£480,000

Baltic Court, London, E1W

Corio House, London, SE1
Offers in excess of £500,000

Corio House, London, SE1

Vogans Mill Wharf, London, SE1
£775,000

Vogans Mill Wharf, London, SE1

Chimney Court, London, E1W
Guide Price £630,000

Chimney Court, London, E1W

Wheat Wharf Apartments, London, SE1
£1,300,000

Wheat Wharf Apartments, London, SE1

Granary House, London, SE16
£960,000

Granary House, London, SE16

The Circle, London, SE1
£530,000

The Circle, London, SE1

Spice Quay Heights, London, SE1
£1,565,000

Spice Quay Heights, London, SE1

New Concordia Wharf, London, SE1
£1,350,000

New Concordia Wharf, London, SE1

Butlers Wharf Building, London, SE1
£6,500,000

Butlers Wharf Building, London, SE1

Vanilla & Sesame Court, London, SE1
£485,000

Vanilla & Sesame Court, London, SE1

Curlew Street, London, SE1
£30,000

Curlew Street, London, SE1

Vanilla & Sesame Court, London, SE1
£825,000

Vanilla & Sesame Court, London, SE1

Cinnabar Wharf Central, London, E1W
Guide Price £950,000

Cinnabar Wharf Central, London, E1W

Sanderling Lodge, London, E1W
£2,850,000

Sanderling Lodge, London, E1W

Cinnabar Wharf West, London, E1W
£625,000

Cinnabar Wharf West, London, E1W

Eluna Apartments, London, E1W
£575,000

Eluna Apartments, London, E1W

Waterside Building, London, E1W
Offers in the region of £1,000,000

Waterside Building, London, E1W