Friday, 29 January 2016

The Prospect of Whitby, Wapping, established 1520 Prospect of Whitby Hangout for smugglers, pirates and now you. Formerly known as the Devil’s

The Prospect of Whitby, Wapping, established 1520

Prospect of WhitbyHangout for smugglers, pirates and now you.
Formerly known as the Devil’s Tavern, The Prospect of Whitby was a renowned hangout for smugglers, villains and pirates, the latter who traded contraband and sold bodies that had washed up from the river.
There’s been a pub in this spot during the rule of 22 monarchs and visitors over the years and clients have included everyone from pirate Captain Kidd and novelist Charles Dickens to actor Richard Burton and Princess Margaret.
It certainly looks the part -- real masts are built into the structure, Union Jacks are pinned to the ceiling, old barrels and ships wheels are dotted around and the bar is topped with pewter.
On the balcony, there’s a creepy noose swinging in the wind to commemorate George Jeffreys ("The Hanging Judge"), who would drink here after a day’s work at the Execution Dock.
Verdict: Ticks all the boxes, but the main open-plan layout doesn’t offer the cute olde feel of other historic pubs.


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