This part of East London has much less development going on than lots of other places I’ve lived – it feels much more established and, as a result, much more peaceful. The apartments are opposite Tobacco Dock, which is one of the best bits about Docklands. It was built in the 19th century to store tobacco and wine but is now an events venue – the Rooftop Film club screened outdoor movies here for a while. The apartments at 21 Wapping Lane are bright and airy, and really modern as you’d expect from the outside. There’s some parking available for residents too.
Completed in 2012, 21 Wapping Lane was the first large-scale new building to be built in the area of St Katherine’s & Wapping for more than a decade. It’s right opposite Tobacco Dock – a huge, brick-built warehouse built in 1811 to store tobacco. Today it’s Grade I listed and one of Tower Hamlets’ top historic must-sees. As such, the building has been designed to bring contemporary, futuristic design to an area of the capital that’s firmly rooted in London’s maritime past.
21 Wapping Lane is made up of five buildings with a combination of one, two and three-bedroom spaces. Inside, design-led interiors are very much a staple. Think sleek, white-on-white colour schemes with stylish parquet flooring and luxury marble bathrooms. Kitchens come equipped with state-of-the-art fitted appliances, and the inclusion of floor-to-ceiling windows means properties are flooded with natural light. Private balconies offer up views of the surrounding area, and some directly overlook the water.
The buildings at 21 Wapping Lane are serviced by lifts, and residents also have the benefit of a 24-hour concierge service. Plus, additional benefits like a private residents’ cinema, health club, bar and on-site restaurant very much make 21 Wapping Lane a lifestyle destination in its own right.
21 Wapping Lane is a five-minute walk from Wapping overground station, and about the same distance to Shadwell station. From here, Canary Wharf is a five-minute journey, which makes this development understandably popular with both Canary Wharf and City workers. For the District and Circle underground lines, there’s Tower Hill Tube station, which is in Zone 1. Two key bus lines also provide good transport links from Wapping – the D3 to Canary Wharf, and the No 100 to the City.
As for leisure, Wapping has come a long way since its days as a riverside hamlet called Wapping-on-the-Woze, which means mud. These days it’s an atmospheric riverside neighbourhood on the north bank of the River Thames. It has a decidedly calm feel, thanks perhaps to the abundance of water. St Katherine Docks are an easy 15-minute walk away, with a relaxing marina fully stocked with cafes, restaurants and bars – most of which have outdoor seating overlooking the water. There’s a weekend world food market held here, right at the foot of Tower Bridge. And if you hop on a ferry you can pay a visit to the Cutty Sark in Greenwich, AKA the world’s last-surviving tea clipper.
Everyone heads west to the tobacco Dock and St Katherines but just behind us is Wapping Woods and Shadwell Basin – beautiful. Our family love spending weekends in the park at the summer but it is also a lovely area to run around with the canal paths. I heard that locals were really resistant to this development being built and blocking views. We now have London Docks being built the other side of Tobacco Docks which brings with it noise/disruption and concern about the views.
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We love our flat but have had a few issues but the residents association helped
21 Wapping Lane is right opposite Tobacco Dock (definitely worth a visit even if you are not familiar) and not far to walk to St Katherines Dock (lots of tourists but for a reason!), the top floors have amazing views out across the river. The canal path is lovely but as it backs onto a car park I would be nervous of walking around there at night as we have read that there has been a history of rough sleepers behind the fence. Wapping woods is just behind the development and is a nice open area with streams and grass areas. Great for picnics or sports, nice path for an evening or morning jog. I would say this is great for commuting to other parts of London but also not feeling like you are in the middle of a high rise development.