Prospect of Whitby information

The Prospect of Whitby is one of London's oldest pubs, dating from the sixteenth century. It was used for many years as a den for smugglers and Samuel Pepys and Charles Dickens are said to have drunk here. It retains many original features.

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Opening Hours
Opening Hours

12:00 - 23:00


12:00 - 23:00


12:00 - 23:00


12:00 - 23:00


12:00 - 00:00


12:00 - 00:00


12:00 - 22:30

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Prospect of Whitby reviews

By S.

The Prospect of Whitby is a lovely pub with a beer garden that’s got great views. Chatty staff and a good Sunday roast, the perfect place to finish the weekend. There are a lot of tourists at The Prospect of Whitby, but don’t let that put you off! It is a really nice pub.

By G.

Prospect of Whitby is your typical, traditional British pub. Lots of wood, plenty of beer, and a clientele who look like they know a good chip bar when they see one - Prospect of Whitby is the kind of place we should be supporting, not these poncy style bars.

By Kelly H.

Many pubs claim to have historical significance but the Prospect of Whitby really means it. As the oldest riverside pub in London, dating back to 1520, this is a boozer with an illustrious list of ex-punters, including Charles Dickens, Samuel Pepys, Kirk Douglas, Paul Newman and Princess Margaret, to name a few. Now THAT would be a crowd worth having a pint with!

The Venue
Prospect of Whitby is as picture-perfect a pub as you could hope to find in London. It’s located in a pretty area of Wapping and benefits from an outdoor space that overlooks the Thames; as a result, in the summer this is a place that is always busy. Keep an eye out for the hangman’s noose outside – this is a noose that has genuinely seen some action in the past!

Inside, the pub is equally picturesque. Heavy stone flooring sits beneath wooden tables and chairs that add to the feeling you are somewhere old. Original features also help to lend credence to the decor. If you want to visit in the winter, three open fires make things even cosier. There is a restaurant area upstairs that is a little more structured with dining tables, but you’ll barely notice that over the amazing river views.

The Atmosphere
In the summer months, riverside pubs in London are almost continuously busy, so it’s likely that the outdoor area will be full to bursting, especially post-5.30pm. However, this is a pub of two halves. The cosy interior décor and open fireplaces also give it a wintertime appeal that many people seek out. Add to this its well-documented historical significance and you have the recipe for a busy, thriving pub. The only criticism would be that occasionally in the winter months the fireplaces lay unused and it can get cold inside – old buildings unfortunately suffer from a problem with insulation and those river breezes are chilling during big freezes.

The Food
The Prospect of Whitby is part of the Taylor Walker chain of pubs, and so the food is laid out on big menus with little authentic flair. Burgers, fish and chips, steaks – it’s the usual pub grub that doesn’t wander into the realm of gastro pretension.

The Drink
They do stock real ale at the Prospect of Whitby and, at any one time, the selection can include the likes of Abbot Ale, Adnams Broadside and Adnams Southwold Bitter. This is bolstered by a good choice of world beer in bottles, including the increasingly popular Brooklyn, Innes and Gunn, Duvel and the quirkily named God Lager… Well, if it’s good enough for God. It’s also good to see that Brewdog has worked its way into such a big chain. It’s just a shame that the wine selection is so woeful.

The Last Word
The Prospect of Whitby is a strong all-rounder and it’s easy to see why it has been around for so long. Historical figures, A-list Hollywood stars and even royalty have sought out its charms – long may it continue.

By J.

NOT IMPRESSED at all! Have been to this pub in the past (a few years back) took the parents for lunch there today, what a shame!!

It's a lovely old pub and obviously has a load of history! Very busy, got a table, ordered food and was told by the bar staff it would take an hour!

I ordered Roast Dinner - Half a Chicken (on the menu its listed as Roast Dinner, served with all the trimmings)

Parents ordered Moules with fries. Food arrived as promised an hour later, parents moules and fries and the waiter (doesnt speak very good english) brought my plate .

Chicken, chips, salad and spicy sauce!? I told him I had asked for a Roast Chicken Dinner and he said YES!!!

So it turns out if you order a Roast Chicken Dinner you wont receive one you will receive Chicken with spicy sauce chips and salad!??? WTF is that all about!!!!

I told him to take it away as I wasnt going to eat it! We got our money back, the staff at the bar (could speak English) told us this is how its served, why not be specific on the menu PLEASE!??!!

A waitress came to clear the table she stacked up the plates of finshed moules in such a way that she spilt the sauce all over the table, chairs, floor and herself!

Clever!!! What a shame, this pub could be a little goldmine! I wont be going there again! Jane

By Richard E.

I visited The Prospect Of Whitby with my family on Friday night for dinner. I don't normally spend time writing reviews such as this one but I feel compelled to share my experience with the world. The food we initially received was extremely disappointing; three out of our five meals were stone cold. I hate complaining and making a fuss but I was out for a rare evening with my parents, my sister and my girlfriend, and I wanted everyone to be happy. We sent our meals back only for them to return five minutes later having been microwaved. The chips by this point were soggy and our burgers really dry. The tiny piece of lettuce had shriveled up and the ketchup on our plates was now warm. What do we do? Do we eat the nine quid burger, smile politely, say thank you and go on our way, or do we take our complaint further? In hindsight I know which choice I wish we'd taken. What we did in fact do is ask to speak to the kitchen. Ten minutes later the barman (who had served us our drinks earlier) came upstairs to our table. My father asked him not charge us for all five meals as three of them were not acceptable. His reply was that he couldn't do that and we'd need to speak to the manager – Okay not a problem. We waited 40 minutes for a response. Eventually we got the managers attention and when my father asked him why it had taken 40 minutes for him to respond to our complaint. The manager's reply was “I have 2 sick children upstairs and they are more important than any customer in this pub”. My father's response was “I am sorry, I'm not familiar with your family situation but you have 5 really unsatisfied customers”. The manager became more irate at this point and repeated his previous statement. He then accused us of being rude and told us he didn't want to speak to us and if we had a complaint we should write to the brewery. He then walked away and continued to ignore our protests. So we left the pub hungry, 50 pounds out of pocket, and in absolute disbelie

By Mark T.

Lovely pub which oozes history from the stone floor to the timber above. Feels like a real pub rather than a bar. Great views across and along the Thames

By D.

Friendly service, okay drinks selection and really nice food along with an amazingly historic site with great views make this on of my favourite pubs in London. Recommended!!!!

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