Down River: Daytime Crawl of Rotherhithe, Wapping and Limehouse

London Pubs Group's daytime crawl of Rotherhithe, Wapping and Limehouse

Saturday 15th June 2013

A text version of the crawl notes is here: Crawl Notes - Rotherhithe, Wapping and Limehouse

1. The Angel

Exterior of The Angel, Bermondsey

Arrive: 12 noon

Address: 101 Bermondsey Wall East, Rotherhithe, SE16 4NB

Real ales: No real ale is served here. Although the intended lunch stop is at the next pub on the crawl, the Angel does very reasonably priced meals so you could stay here longer for lunch and catch up at the next pub.

Read about The Angel

Directions to next pub: Turn left out of the pub and walk along the riverside (following the signs for Rotherhithe station and Rotherhithe Village) until you reach Rotherhithe Street. Continue along Rotherhithe Street to

2. The Mayflower

Exterior of The Mayflower, Rotherhithe

Arrive: 1pm. This is the official lunch stop on the crawl for those who wish to eat here.

Address: 117 Rotherhithe High St, Rotherhithe, SE16 4NF

Real Ales: Four interesting real ales are usually available here.

Read about The Mayflower

Directions to next pub: On leaving the pub, turn left and continue along Rotherhithe Street to the junction with Railway Avenue. Cross over Rotherhithe Street and walk down Railway Avenue to Rotherhithe Overground station.

Robert Preston has supplied the following notes about the Thames Tunnel. Between Rotherhithe and Wapping, London Overground trains pass the first tunnel to be built under water through soft ground, now listed at Grade II*. The listing description for the Thames Tunnel says: “Brick bedded in Roman cement and faced with clay tiles and stucco. 1,200ft long. Two parallel vaults of horseshoe section, 14ft wise by 16ft high and joined at intervals by cross arches are encased in a rectangular brick framework 38ft wide and 22ft high externally. At the end are access shafts 50ft across. Segmental arches separating the two vaults 'rest' on Greek Doric half-columns with square abaci. Many arches have been filled in. Stucco finish in 'ashlar' on top of red clay tile lining of tunnel”. Marc Brunel began work in 1825 using a tunnelling shield which he had designed, also the first of its kind, assisted by his more famous son Isambard Kingdom Brunel. The tunnel opened to pedestrian traffic on May 26 1843, but the ramps intended to provide access for carriages were never completed. In 1865-69 the tunnel was converted for use by the East London Railway, later becoming part of the electrified London Underground network until 2010 when London Overground services began operating on the extended East London Line.

Enter the station and catch a train from Platform 1 to Wapping. Alight from the train and walk upstairs (or get a lift) to the surface. Turn left out of the station and walk down Wapping High Street to

3. Town of Ramsgate

Exterior of The Town of Ramsgate, Wapping

Arrive: 2.45pm

Address: 62 Wapping High St, Wapping, E1W 2PN

Real ales: Fullers London Pride; Harveys Sussex Bitter; Sharps Doom Bar; and Youngs Bitter are usually served here.

Read about The Town of Ramsgate

Directions to next pub: On leaving the pub, retrace your steps down Wapping High Street to

4. The Captain Kidd

Exterior of Captain Kidd, Wapping

Arrive: 3.15pm

Address: 108 Wapping High St, Wapping, E1W 2NE

Real ales: Sam Smiths Old Brewery Bitter is usually served here.

Read about The Captain Kidd

Directions to next pub: Turn right out of the pub and continue down Wapping High Street to the junction with Garnet Street. Turn right into Garnet Street and walk along Garnet Street to the junction with Wapping Wall. Turn right into Wapping Wall and walk along Wapping Wall to

5. The Prospect of Whitby

Exterior of The Prospect of Whitby, Wapping

Arrive: 4pm

Address: 57 Wapping Wall, Wapping, E1W 3SH

Real ale: A selection of four real ales from national and micro breweries is usually served here.

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Directions to next pub: Turn right out of the pub and right again to the Thames Path. Walk along the Thames Path, via its various inland diversions, to

6. The Narrow (formerly The Barley Mow)

Exterior of The Narrow, Limehouse

Arrive: 5pm

Address: 44 Narrow St, Limehouse, E14 8DP

Real ales: Adnams Broadside and Lighthouse are usually available here.

Read about The Narrow

Directions to next pub: Turn right out of the pub, cross the swing bridge over the entrance to Limehouse Basin and walk along Narrow Street to

7. The Grapes

Exterior of The Grapes, Limehouse

Arrive: 5.30pm

Address: 76 Narrow St, Limehouse, E14 8BP

Real ales: Adnams Southwold Bitter; Harviestoun Bitter and Twisted; Marstons Pedigree; Sharps Doom Bar; and Timothy Taylor Landlord are usually served here.

Read about The Grapes

Public transport will be required at times. All welcome.

A text version of the crawl notes is here: Text Version: Daytime Crawl of Wapping, Rotherhouse and Limehouse