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“Classic old London pub that still has a lot of charm”

The Prospect of Whitby
Ranked #47 of 1,284 Nightlife in London
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London, United Kingdom
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570 reviews
319 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
“Classic old London pub that still has a lot of charm”
Reviewed September 6, 2013 via mobile

Lovely inside and good views out the back. Admittedly this part of the river is a bit bland and only a view of Canary Wharf compensates but the place has bags of character and huge amounts of charm. Enjoyed the Real Ale but disappointed by the poor staff who did not speak very good English and failed to spot, or rather did not care one Ale was off. Goodness knows how many people drunk that one before we pointed it out and the Manager came over and apologized. Get there before 6 weekdays to enjoy the place before it fills up.

Visited September 2013
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Medellin, Colombia
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248 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
“A Tarnished Star”
Reviewed August 12, 2013

Gradually the Prospect is being swallowed up by all of the posh riverside housing that surrounds it. I find myself not just trying to think how it might have been centuries ago - but now try to remind myself how it was twenty years ago.
It was a weekday late lunch and the staff were less than impressive. As my brother in law (ex Brewery employee of many years) looked at what appeared to be a rather rough pint of beer that had just been drawn ('dodgy' being the technical term) the bar keep agreed that it might be bad, but offered no instant resolution. A few minutes later one of the remaining taps on another beer sucked dry. Not very impressive.
The food is everything visitors expect English food to be - which is not good. I went for the hard to spoil local delicacy of a fish finger sandwich on the basis that was difficult to ruin. It was the star dish amongst our group (note each sandwich comes with a small poor salad or a few chips).
The place isn't cheap and you tend to think that the staff don't expect to see you again. The clientele is changing as well and the yummy mommies spending their afternoons with a drink made sure that tables and chairs were blocked with push chairs and tired designer hand bags rested on empty chairs.
The view across the river is good though - in particular from the terrace at the front of the building which unfortunately has no chairs. Later on a charabanc on tourists arrived to stand in crowds at the bar and generally prevent any further service.
We'd walked a good distance to the pub, from Bank, down past the Tower, across St. Katherine's Dock and then through Wapping. Afterwards we took the DLR to Greenwich, an interesting day out.
The Prospect is past it's best though caught between Canary Wharf and a tourist destination and what it serves up - and how it does it - isn't good. It is possible to do better (try the George in Borough for example for a lively living pub in a historic building).

Visited August 2013
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Wellington, New Zealand
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30 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Service lets it down”
Reviewed August 8, 2013

We popped in here for lunch during a walk along the riverbank on a hot summer's day. All the tables outside were taken, but there were plenty of options for sitting inside, in one of the many rooms in this rabbit warren of an old pub. The interior is well worth exploring, as is the little balcony overlooking the river, but the "ploughman's lunch for 2 to share" was underwhelming in quantity and quality, and the service was disorganized and very slow. This is a pub to visit for the history and architecture, not the cuisine.

Visited July 2013
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“Order the chocolate cake, you won't regret it”
Reviewed August 6, 2013

I don't normally expect much from pub desserts, but the chocolate fudge cake is delicious. I used to be a pastry chef, so I have high expectations for these things. The view over the Thames is lovely as well, past the morbidly fascinating - and apparently historically significant - noose hung from the balcony.

Visited August 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Lovely pub! Awful food!”
Reviewed August 4, 2013

We came here for Sunday roast...all excited for what I remembered was lovely food...in reality a horrid gelatinous beef roast came out which tasted like it came from a tin and was microwaved to within an inch of itself life!

Again...it's a lovely pub and I've always liked having a drink there....just eat before you get there!

Visited July 2013
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