This hidden gem of an area in East Central London features converted wharves and cobbled streets that meet peaceful basins and spectacular Thames views. Formerly an industrial district, Wapping is now mainly a residential area, and the perfect place to take a stroll along the riverside. As it’s home to many finance bods from Canary Wharf and the City, restaurants in Wapping tend to be at the smarter end, featuring upmarket cuisine from around the world.
If you’re after river views from Wapping restaurants, a sure bet is The River Lounge Italian, just 8 minutes’ walk from Tower Hill Tube Station. Big windows and a riverside terrace offer perfect vistas. The menu is authentic, and features fresh pasta dishes such as ravioli filled with porcini mushrooms, butter sauce and hazelnuts. The seafood menu offers a selection including dishes like cod steamed with Mediterranean vegetables.
For trendy and delicious dim sum, head to Ping Pong at St Katherine Docks, just minutes from Tower Hill. With views over the neighbouring basin, you can enjoy the little steamed parcels of delicious dim sum. Ping Pong has an excellent vegetarian selection, too.