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The Prospect of Whitby
by Cedric

The Prospect Of Whitby is a traditional British pub in Wapping serving great cask ales and freshly cooked traditional pub food. It is London’s oldest riverside pub dating back to 1520. Originally known as the Devil’s Tavern, it was rebuilt following a fire in the early 19th century and renamed The Prospect of Whitby, after a Tyne collier that used to berth next to the pub. The original 400 year old flagstone floor still survives and the pub also has a rare pewter-topped bar as well as old barrels and ships masts built into the structure. Most areas of the pub have spectacular views over the River Thames, including the beer garden. The restaurant is located on the first floor where a balcony and terrace are found.

The pub was originally frequented by those involved in life on the river and sea and it was a notorious haunt for sailors, smugglers, thieves, cut-throats and pirates. According to legend, criminals would be tied up to the posts at low tide immediately outside the tavern and left there to drown when the tide came in.

Views from the pub were sketched by both Turner and Whistler. The writers Charles Dickens and Samuel Pepys are known to have paused to sup there. More recently The Prospect of Whitby was a favourite with celebrities and royalty including Kirk Douglas, Paul Newman, Glenn Ford, Rod Steiger, Princess Margaret and Prince Rainier. The pub has also appeared in a number of films and in television series.

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