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Pubs and Pirates Historical London Walk
from St Paul’s to Canary Wharf

Walking a part of London rarely visited by tourists we tell the compelling and fascinating story of the development of the London docks. By the 19th century London had become the most important trading city in the world.

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Everything imaginable was imported spices, tea, furs, carpets and the storage facilities were vast. There was enough rum stored to make the entire country drunk, enough indigo to dye the Thames blue and a store big enough to house 250,000 mutton carcasses at any one time.

Pubs and Pirates London Walking Tour
A friendly pirate at Execution Dock

But there is more to this walk than the story of trade. Discover a darker side of London life. A life where pirates and crooks abound and where the law showed no mercy to those caught in the act. We visit the site of Execution Dock, tell the story of the very first police force in London and reveal the fate that befell those found guilty of piracy.

If this area fascinates us today, it was no less so to writers and painters in the past. Charles Dickens, William Hogarth and JMW Turner were frequent visitors. In fact Turner was said to have owned a pub, the Old Star in this area.

Sticking to the riverside path this walk runs from the familiar splendour of St Pauls to the less familiar waterfront at Wapping. As we revisit the haunts of the press gangs, pirates and their pursuers we pass pubs such as the Town of Ramsgate, the Grapes and the Prospect of Whitby, which have changed little in the intervening years.

Much of this walk is along the Thames Path and so for large sections we are well away from the noise and bustle of the traffic.

Pubs and Pirates London Walking Tour
The Prospect of Whitby, formerly known as the Devil’s Tavern
Pubs and Pirates London Walking Tour
Tobacco Dock
Pubs and Pirates London Walking Tour
Outside The Town of Ramsgate in Wapping High Street

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