The Prospect of
57 WAPPING WALL,
The original inn on this sue was built in 1520 and was a favourite haunt tor n«it only sailors and fisherman, but also smugglers, thieves and pirates, including- the infamous Captam Kidd earning the: pub its reputation as the "Devils Tavern’ a name that stuck for many years.
'Hanging .Judge Jeffries' was also a regular patron during ihe 17th century. It is said that he would take his lunch on the balcony while watching the hangings taking place at the nearby Execution Dock! A gibbet and hangman's noose stand directly outside the pub in memory of this macabre
customer Another famous patron from this century was Samuel Pepys who became Secretary to the Admiralty and is best known for his diaries tat tell us much of what we- know about London during this period The '1'epys Dining Room"
The ‘Devil’s Tavern bur:ii to the ground in the 1770s and was replaced by the current building, at. which point it was renamed the Prospect of Whitby after a ship that used to moor close by. The original flagstone floor from 1520 still survives today, and ships masts support the internal structure. Resting on old barrels, te pewter-topped bar is thought to be the longest of its type still surviving.