Whenever I am in London I think it is a shit hole of a place, my hands are constantly dirty, it is loud and it is grubby, there are too many drunks at night, using public transport at rush hour feels like a fight, one has to queue for literally everything from money to coffee, but weirdly, I love London so much. London, the capital city of the United Kingdom is worth a trip at any time of the year, no matter why or when you visit, you surely are going to love it. In 2014 a whopping 17.4 million visitors from overseas made their way to London for a reason ...
After your visit to London’s top attractions like the British Museum, London Eye, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s Cathedral, Tate Modern and the Tower of London right next to the Tower Bridge, keep on walking along the Thames, deeper into the London borough of Tower Hamlets. Friends were so very sweet to show me around Wapping, a part of town I hadn't visited before.
First you will reach St Katharine Docks a former working dock named after a hospital that used to be here. Here you will find many of the for London usual chain restaurants, like Café Rouge, Slug and Lettuce or Strada. Keep on walking along the Thames and you will soon be in a quite enchanting area with a gruesome history. Visit Wapping to discover stories about poverty, sailors, prostitutes, pirates, hangings and slave trade next to fancy redevelopments of wharves that can often cost around GBP 5,000,000. Start on Wapping High Street. To this day walls of warehouses still line the streets.
|St Katharine Docks|
Wapping was heavily destroyed in WW2 and up until 25 years ago it was everything, but certainly not the sought after location that it is today. Due to its maritime heritage Wapping has the feel of a small town by the sea. You wouldn’t know that it is almost right in the middle of the UK’s biggest city.