The east end of London has been made famous by Jack the Ripper and the BBC TV show Eastenders. Perhaps neither is an ideal way to promote one of London’s most culturally diverse areas. The East End was seen to be a long way out many years ago, but London has shrunk by virtue of new development expanding the commercial heart and Canary Wharf becoming a second city centre. Walking from the City to Whitechapel is no longer the daunting task it once was. So join us in exploring some of London’s best pubs in the East End.
The most famous thing about the East End is of course Jack the Ripper. Jack the Ripper has created a frenzy of tourist activity in the locality (download the fabulous Jack the Ripper walk as a PDF for use on all phones and tablets) and has promoted tourism to what was a rough area of London. There are several walks available, but in the link above you can download a great self-guided walk to take at leisure.
The East End received a big boost playing host to the London Olympics in 2012. But when it comes to pubs, we reckon these are real contenders to be in the top 5. We reckon they are all worth a visit.
The Prospect of Whitby
Said to be London’s oldest riverside pub, this is a must visit London pub. The interior shouts out history and character and you should be able to find a spot that’s just right for you. With a large terrace overlooking the Thames and Canary Wharf, this pub has huge pulling attraction. Check out the reigning monarchs board on the outside – this is sensational.
The Hoop and Grapes
made it into somewhere nice again. We have to admit that the location is quite horrid, but once inside you can turn you back to the busy road and be transported back in time to an historic London pub.
OK this one is a bit of a hike along the Limehouse waterfront, but on a sunny day, what
could be better (except the London Pub Walks – Historic London Docks walk). This is a small pub so not great if there is a huge crowd and the opening times can vary, depending upon the mood of the landlord we suspect. With a tiny terrace tipping onto the Thames, this is a lovely pub.
Princess of Prussia
Some may consider there are better pubs in the east end than the Princess of Prussia, but this is a cracking pub, although a bit off the beaten track. Yeah, you can join the queues of tourists at the Dickens Inn and Dirty Dicks, but this very much of a locals pub.
OK, this is in South London technically, but one stop on the east London line is close enough. Whilst the Prospect of Whitby claims the oldest riverside pub title, the Mayflower has to claim the most historic riverside pub. Made famous from the ship of the same name that took the Pilgrim Fathers to America. Captain Jones is buried in the church opposite, so this is like walking into a history book. It is said to be the only pub where USA stamps can be legally sold.