Loads of iconic London sites – Old Billingsgate Market; Custom House; Tower of London; Tower Bridge; the Shard; HMS Belfast; Wapping; Canary Wharf – but of particular note…….
The Town of Ramsgate – A notable specimen of a waterman’s tavern, located in the ancient hamlet of Wapping. The
present grade II listed building dates back to 1758; however, evidence indicates that it was built on earlier foundations.
Allegedly, the first pub on the site was founded during the War of the Roses in the 1460s and was called the Hostel. In
1533, it became known as the Red Cow – a reference to the bar maid at the time. The notorious Judge Jeffreys (who
sent many to death) was captured here trying to escape to Hamburg. In 1766, it became the Ramsgate Old Town – the
name coming from the fact that the fishermen from Ramsgate would unload their fish at the Old Wapping Stairs to avoid
higher river taxes imposed near Billingsgate Market (passed earlier on the walk).
The Prospect of Whitby – Claims to be the oldest riverside pub in London – dating back to 1520. It was formerly known
as the Pelican and the Devil’s Tavern and is located next to the former Wapping Execution Dock. All that remains of the
original structure is the flagstone floor. It was also frequented by “Hanging” Judge Jeffreys. Its name comes from a Tyne
collier which use to bring coal to London from Newcastle-upon-Tyne and docked nearby.
The Grapes – A grade II listed public house now owned in a partnership with Sir Ian McKellen. The current building
dates to 1720 and is on the site of a pub built in 1583. It was formerly a working-class tavern serving the dock workers
of the nearby Limehouse Basin. It features in the writings of Pepys and Dickens.