PostCode District E1 (E1W)
Borough London Borough of Tower Hamlets
OS Grid Reference

Wapping is an area in East London, in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets that is situated between the north bank of the River Thames.

Wapping's proximity to the river has given it a strong maritime character, which it retains through its riverside public houses and steps, such as the Prospect of Whitby and Wapping Stairs.

Many of the original buildings were demolished during the construction of the London Docks and Wapping was further seriously damaged during the Blitz. As the London Docklands declined after the Second World War, the area became run down, with the great warehouses left empty. The area's fortunes were transformed during the 1980s by the London Docklands Development Corporation when the warehouses started to be converted into luxury flats.

Rupert Murdoch moved his News International printing and publishing works into Wapping in 1983, resulting in a trade union dispute that became known as the "Battle of Wapping".

Transport[edit | edit source]

Wapping is served by London Buses, including route 100 to Central London, and also route D3 and night route N551.

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