Which Is The Best Pub In Limehouse And Wapping?

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Which Is The Best Pub In Limehouse And Wapping?

Part 'L' of our two year mission to visit the best London pubs, alphabetically.

UPDATE: The results are now in.

For the twelfth instalment of our monthly pub crawls, we're visiting the ancient, maritime areas of Limehouse and Wapping. Unlike our previous trips (see list at bottom), this area has a small number of very special pubs, rather than dozens of lesser drinking dens. So, we can pretty much guess already which places will gather the most votes — but it will be interesting to see the order they come in.

So, please vote for your favourite pubs in Limehouse/Wapping, then we'll organise a pub crawl round the top four.

Here’s how to play:

  1. Let us know (in the comments below, on Facebook, or by tweeting #bestWappingPub) your favourite pubs in the Limehouse/Wapping area.
  2. We’ll tally up the votes in a couple of days.
  3. We’ll then arrange a pub crawl around the four most popular choices. You’re welcome to join us.
  4. How far the geographic area of Wapping/Limehouse extends is entirely up to you...we're not going to precisely define it.
  5. By ‘pubs’, we’re using a shorthand — you can also vote for bars.
  6. You can nominate more than one place. All nominations count as one vote, whether you rank them or not. Likes on Facebook and retweets of someone else’s vote are also counted as new votes.
  7. Venues should be open to the public with no pre-booking, entry fee or membership required.

So, where shall we go?

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Last Updated 04 March 2013

Dean Nicholas

Turner's Old Star. And the Grapes.

Andy Dust

The Urban Bar

Lauren Powell

Urban Bar
Prospect Of Whitby
Wiltons Music Hall
Dicken's Inn
I love em all, darn it!

Dean Nicholas

Hope the Urban Bar doesn't get in the top four... it's (a) shit, and (b) in Whitechapel and a 25 minute walk from Wapping.

Geoff White

The Grapes in Limehouse, definitely.

Chris Maillard

Town of Ramsgate; Grapes; Prospect of Whitby; Narrow (for its view, not its G. Ramsay connection); but absolutely not the Urban Bar, please. Used to be a fabulous little pub called the Five Bells & Bladebone, now a stripy monstrosity. Ruined.

Jack Gosling

Town of Ramsgate, Captain Kidd, Urban Bar and The Grapes please!


Prospect of Whitby
Captain Kidd
The Narrow


The Grapes is worth an entry but absolutely no continuity in staff. Bif problem in London. The Narrow not for GR connection but good staff, several there for 2-3 years, great service and nothing is a problem.

Stephen O'Connell

The Grapes for olde worldy feel. Urban Bar for being very quirky. The Narrow for the 'beer garden', though I think they should drop Gordon Ramsay! The White Swan for its drag nights! Something for everyone!


the narrow

Dave H

The Grapes, obviously.

Jessica Hunter

Captain Kidd
Prospect of Whitby
White Swan and Cuckoo

Mark Davis

The Grapes
The Town of Ramsgate
The Narrow

James Gledhill

I'd like to leave a vote for Turners Old Star. Yes, the Prospect and the Grapes & the Narrow are all lovely, but this one surely gets extra points for being independent and having a great landlord? As for the the other suggestions the beer in the Capt Kidd is just too horrible, and opinion is polarised in our household about the Town of Ramsgate: can't knock all day Sunday food, but the atmosphere can be a bit dreary.

Andrew Finnegan

Most of the other votes here are south of Commercial Rd and are mostly Wapping.

Sticking with Limehouse for now, does the Queen's Head count? It's the one where the Queen Mum famously pulled a pint and it's probably the only decent pub north of Commercial Road.


Back towards Wapping, White Swan and Cuckoo, Town of Ramsgate and Prospect of Whitby.

rob madigan

Queens Head by far if you enjoy the best pint of Young's in London. Also quite interesting that two dartboards can attract so many City dart players and CW dart players. Quite like the other pubs on Narrow Street but very over priced.