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  • The Wapping hydraulic Power Station
    Wapping Wall

    London E1W 3SG
    Shadwell
  • Transit information East London Get Directions
  • Phone number 020 7680 2080
  • 5.0 star rating
    10/11/2013

    Great brunch, unique experience. The converted hydraulic station still has equipment standing in the dining room, which makes for interesting atmosphere. High ceilings, friendly staff, good drinks, and an inspired menu make for a memorable experience. We grabbed a Guy Bourdin poster for 5 pounds and had it framed as a memory of our fun time dining here.

  • 4.0 star rating
    13/4/2013
    1 check-in here

    Little did I know that there was a restaurant like this right down the street from me. I live in the industrial part of town so when I was finding my way over her, I couldn't help but think I was going to get mugged or kidnapped down some alleyway somewhere. When I finally reached my destination, I still was unsure if I was at the right place. There isn't really any other public establishments in the area and the building didn't have an sign posted on it. After seeing some other people walk in, I just decided to follow them into what looked like a restaurant inside some sort of hydraulic power station. Cool!

    I made sure I was in the right place by asking the host and he assured me that I was. We were seated and decided to start with some drinks. I can't remember what I ordered, but it was fantastic. The menu changes often so I wasn't able to research the restaurant beforehand and gaze over the menu, but it's okay, I'm always up for new things. I went with the fish of the night, pretty good and fresh but I wasn't amazed by it. Overall I really liked the setting of the restaurant, very different from what I used to. The food is good and the drinks are fab. If you're looking to head east of London and eat in a cool venue, then by all means you should try it.

  • 5.0 star rating
    12/5/2009
    ROTD 3/5/2010

    Super uber cool.

    Very few, and I mean, *very* few, venues bring everything together in quite the magnificent way the restaurant at the Wapping Project does.

    Edgy venue?  Check.

    Friendly, professional, attentive service? Oh, yes.

    Well-executed continental food?  Indeed

    Austere, yet totally comfortable atmosphere?  It rarely gets better.

    Plus, ever-changing art exhibits and a glass bookshop outside?  I wouldn't have brought it up had it been otherwise!

    Can you believe a place utterly oozing with such style, art and impeccable design hasn't been pegged as a star entry in the latest Wallpaper London guide?  I can't.

    If you care at all about independent art or unusual dining experiences, but haven't ventured here yet, do.  The Wapping Project is a wholly unique and enjoyable experience that addresses every type of aesthetic... a quiet moody space where fantastic conversations are destined to be had.

  • 5.0 star rating
    15/6/2011
    1 check-in here

    I got taken by my friends here as a surprise. A dark and wet room awaits they said. What a surprise it was.

    The minute I walked into the converted hydraulic power station, lit by candlelight, modern furniture and bar in between the old industrial equipment with atmospheric classical music, I was just in awe of what they've done. Immediately one of the bar staff indicated the sofa's we've reserved but said we should go to the exhibition first, in the back room, that dark and wet room.

    Making Waves is the exhibition I went to and simply one of the best art installations I have ever been to. If you get a ticket you get to go on a boat ride on the flooded floor of the boiler room, dimly lit with the upside down Japanese wedding dress reflecting into the water, with a custom music background. Beautiful and such a wonderful way to relax, felt so calm after.

    Followed up by a superb, tasty champagne cocktail from their menu. Expensive cocktail menu yes, but utterly worth it.

    Certainly this is an amazing date venue, and I will be back to check out their new exhibition; they change about every three months.

  • 4.0 star rating
    11/8/2013

    Went to the Wapping Project for a friends birthday. One of the most interesting looking restaurants I've been to. Has a lot of the machinery from the original power station in the restaurant displayed as though sculptures around the floor. One for the arty and trendy looking for good food, and a chilled evening.

    Excellent quality food, though not very much of it. So don't go starving.

  • 5.0 star rating
    13/3/2012

    Quite simply one of the best dining experiences I've ever had.

    Excellent food, amazing location and atmosphere, attentive staff and so forth...

    The menu, like the location, is a bit non-standard and probably not to everyone's taste. The few times I've been, I've always managed to find something I really liked, though. And the once where nothing stood out I was "forced" to try something new which, in hindsight, I wouldn't trade in for anything else on the plate.

    If you're open-minded about food, willing to possibly try something you wouldn't have thought of in your own kitchen, and seeking a bit of a change from all the clones of restaurants in London these days, go here.

  • 5.0 star rating
    27/7/2010

    Groovy. This was on my radar for a while. My friend who visited London with me agreed to come along after a jaunt through Borough Market. She's convinced that I love things off the beaten track as we had to take the Overground, outside of the central zone. It was a little confusing to find as there are no signs, but a nice passerby pointed me towards the right direction. The area is very residential and felt safe.

    Ally Capellino was showing when I visited - great, another purse/bag brand that I wasn't aware of and didn't need to know about! Afterwards, we sat in the cafe for a while, enjoyed the sunshine, and admired the candles placed throughout the former hydraulic plant. I had a slice of poppyseed cake and would've liked to stay for dinner.

  • 4.0 star rating
    27/12/2008
    First to Review

    I was taken here last summer from a friend who was researching this place as a uni Project, imediatley I thought oh GOD? Wapping? you gotta be kidding me, I mean where on earth is that?

    Actually Wapping is not as far you all my think, and its becoming a very prosperous area with Mercs and BMW lining the streets.

    Anyway The Wapping Project is well worth a visit if you want an arty day out and are looking for something alot less obvious than The Tate, or Cork Street... Oh No... This is taking culture to another level.

    Ok so... Wapping Project is really a mix of art, fashion and incredable food. held in this industrial and slightly spookey Power Station, you eyes will have a feast on history.

    The Wapping Projects concept is ' An Idea constantly in transition' I like that, and I think it sums the place up.

    They have regular exhibitions, some performance art, crazy sculptures.. you know, enough to make it feel like its on the edge of something.

    The food is something else, I had a black fig, goats cheese and walnut salad followed by a char grilled haunch of Vension with potato grantin. It wasn't as cheap as I would have liked, but for the calabre of the place I didn't mind spending a little extra.

    The genre of people that come here are a mix of arty, fashion and business people. Not quiet champagne socialites but getting close...

    • Qype User buloo…
    • London
    • 8 friends
    • 124 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    13/4/2008

    This is one of my favourite place is London. It is a exhibition/ performance space together with a great restaurant/ bar. It was converted into this art venue from an old power station. It is a gem in London; a rare find! There are constantly interesting exhibitions and performances.
    This refurbished gallery space maintains lots of its past including the old machinery and equipments. Very usual yet charming and successful! I usually wonder off to the Wapping Project and have an afternoon drink in the restaurant after visiting the exhibition. On a sunny summer day nothing can be greater that having breakfast on the alfresco seating outside the building.

    • Qype User Soiste…
    • Sydney, Australia
    • 5 friends
    • 249 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    21/11/2009

    Update:

    I love this place, but am really disappointed with how they managed the holiday season. No mention of opening times on their website, noone picks up the phone, no answering machine, no sign or information on the building itself.

    And it's not like the place would be so centrally located you could just drop in on your way home?!

    Not very professional, really.

    Old review:

    Just when I was thinking to myself: where do the inhabitants of all these riverfront warehouse conversions go for coffee on the weekend, I stumbled across this place.

    The building is just amazing.

    The espresso (illy) was perfect.

    The service... let's just say four stars.

    The whole thing was upmarket yet relaxed and child friendly.

    Worth a visit for sure.

    • Qype User jeffgj…
    • London
    • 3 friends
    • 6 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    17/8/2009

    Such an unusual venue with fabulous food and exhibition hall.
    Small menu with very fresh ingredients and modern compilations.
    Shame Sunday brunch finishes so early (1230) but lunch was excellent.
    And you can always have a drink at the Prospect of Whitby which is opposite.
    Look at the photos in my profile.

  • 5.0 star rating
    2/4/2012
    1 check-in here

    This is a very cool place to visit! I highly recommend it. The art exhibits are eclectic and thoroughly enjoyable.

  • 5.0 star rating
    2/10/2010

    Exotic location, food was divine, industrial interior, goth candle lighting, delicious wine, art, art, art, and an outdoor movie screen all not as far from the city as all the weaklings seem to think ... spectacular.

  • 5.0 star rating
    9/1/2009

    this is one of my favourite places in the world. at first i had no clue where my friend was taking me, as we walk from the station it is pouring rain on us, and we are cold and uncomfortable and hungry, and we are in wapping, so we didnt know what to expect, and then we go into this old power station. inside there is warmth, beautiful music (carla bruni),  amazing decor and food.

    i dont know if it has changed (i went in 2005), but there were only 2 choices on the menu, and i remember eating duck with a nice class of wine, and then we toured the gallery (they were between shows), and i loved it.

    i mention this place to everyone who is going to london.

    • Qype User barnab…
    • London
    • 6 friends
    • 21 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    4/11/2012

    Here nowsetting fabulous let down by apathetic (is it meant to be hip?) service. Passing waitress looks at me blankly once arrived in coat, waiting. Familiar with this hip approach reciprocate blank disinterest until she wearily asks if I want lunch. Then consults with colleague who  wearily  explains she will check with the chef as to whether possible. It's half-full, I'm dining alone and it's 3.15pm with a 4pm stop serving listedI am thrilled to be informed they will accept my custom
    Menus are given, good strong options for wine and food. I choose red and lamb. Another waitress arrives to take my order but then my lamb vetoed as off  always nice to know before choosing but hey ho. I swap to duck and the Willowglen Shiraz. Both good. Bread and oil brought with wine. As duck arrives I ask for salt (to go with last of bread), she goes, forgets and is reminded with a stare. I realise a whole bottle too ambitious toute seul so ask for the cap which is sourced and provided for take home. Bill comes to £46.58 inc service charge of 12.5%£5.18 feels somewhat pricey for a paucity of welcome. I believe it costs much less to sell than to buy. I'll be back, with friends and optimism

    • Qype User Gourme…
    • London
    • 41 friends
    • 102 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    30/9/2008

    Set in an old power station, the Wapping Project is such an amazing space. When I was there I talked to the owner who is more focused on using it as an art space, however most people come (as I did) for the restaurant which is very good. Light, modern cooking and a great Australian centred wine list. Although it can be a little bit hairy getting out to the Wapping Project from the tube at night, next time I might catch a cab.

    • Qype User Sally_…
    • London
    • 19 friends
    • 72 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    21/11/2008

    If you like quirky places to eat then try Wapping Food. It's an old power station and instead of removing all the machinery they just put the tables in the spaces inbetween. In the evening there are candles all over the old machines and the enormous room feels cosy. Food is wonderful. I had duck pie - a crisp pastry hummock stuffed to bursting with tender and juicy duck meat. In the summer they show films on a big screen in the garden, and you can eat from the restaurant or from the barbecue (cheaper) while you loll back on cushions, and if it gets chilly you can snuggle under the blankets they provide. A fun place with super food, and there is lots of parking space if you're brave enough to drive

    • Qype User hedgie…
    • London
    • 21 friends
    • 26 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    7/1/2009

    Wapping Food has the Xfactor in spades. Ingrid, Peter and I went just before Christmas and it's absolutely magical. It's in a refurbished power station across the road from the Prospect of Whitby pub in Wapping - modern art covers the towering walls and courtyard; banks of candles gutter on the old power station machinery. A really full-on event space, with bags of character and charisma. But the food is wonderful too - quite simple things superlatively cooked. I had a chunky, intensely fishy potted mackerel to start and a barbecued pork chop for my main course - perfectly, juicily piggy, yet subtly enhanced with smoky barbecue flavours. The custard for my wonderful apple and plum crumble was just to die for. Some criticize the service at this place, especially the owner's allegedly uncertain temper, but we had excellent, friendly and helpful service and the owner herself graciously put us back into our coats and gave us directions to the docklands light railway. So no complaints from me there.

    Whoever selected the music has exactly the same taste as me; however, I have to say it was slightly too loud. But Ingrid and Peter didn't complain.

    I very much look forward to my next visit to this place.

    • Qype User Minima…
    • London
    • 62 friends
    • 75 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    6/12/2009

    What an extraordinary place! The restaurant is fabulous, but it seems like there could be done so much more (exhibitions, alternative events and so on, taking up the whole space..) The only bad thing is having to cab the way there and back.

    • Qype User mediac…
    • London
    • 2 friends
    • 52 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    16/11/2008

    A great find, run by two passionate Aussies. Passionate about food and art, that is. The Wapping project is a pretty decent restaurant, with tables scattered around the old bits of machinery left over from Wapping power station, and an art space at the rear. Having a meal, and them wandering, glass in hand, into a quiet gallery with huge canvases, is a magical experience. The food is fine, thouhg not fantastic, but it is the combination of the setting and the art that makes this place unique.

    • Qype User Alasda…
    • London
    • 6 friends
    • 3 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    11/12/2008

    I love good coffee, free wifi, and disused industrial artsy buildings. Safe to say I loved the Wapping Project.

    After my coffee I explored the exhibition space to find some interesting photography and a piece involving tiles, leaves and dear heads. Fantastic.

    Worth the trip.

    • Qype User JCRadi…
    • London
    • 0 friends
    • 7 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    20/1/2011

    I went for my birthday on a weeknight. My expectations were not astronomical because the reviews seem quite polarized. I was pleasantly surprised at the service, particularly since many mentioned this was a weakness-- although I could see how the whole thing could fall apart when they get busy. The restaurant was a little less than half full when we were arrived, so there wasn't too much pressure on the staff.

    I ordered the halibut and my friend had the mackeral. We thought that both were well prepared and delicious. It seems that the food is nice, but not "special"-- as long at you know what to expect, you won't be disappointed.

    The real reason to go is the space, which is just stunning, especially at night. It reminds me of something you would find in the meatpacking district in NYC.

    I thought the prices were quite reasonable, with the bill coming right in at £100 including service for two people-- we each had sides as starters, plus the pricest entrees on the menu for each of us, plus two glasses of wine each, and a dessert to share.

    In summary, I would definitely return, but not sure I would brave the holiday season or a Saturday night there. There was something quite nice about going on a weeknight.

  • 3.0 star rating
    6/9/2009

    My friend booked our reservation here without really telling me where I was going...our cab set off into a cold rainy night and pulled up outside what appeared to be a deserted building. Slightly wary that any food would come out of this foray, I nonetheless soldiered on. Enter The Wapping Project - a cavernous indoor space of old hydraulic equipment mixed with various art exhibitions, and a fine dining restaurant thrown in on top of that. The building used to be an old hyrdaulic plant and is certainly among the more unique restaurant locations I have dined in. As for the food - rotating daily menu - I opted for 2 starters, a hearty soup, and a fig, gorgonzola and walnut number. Both were scrumptiously good (as was the accompanying freshly baked bread - v. good). Stars deducted for slow service, mixing up my friends order, and the slightly cold and deserted-building ambience that I suppose one gets when dining in an empty public works building.

    • Qype User neilgr…
    • London
    • 2 friends
    • 4 reviews
    2.0 star rating
    22/5/2011

    Overall, pretty disappointing. An impressive space offering a barely passable brunch and disinterested service.

    • Qype User Foodie…
    • London
    • 2 friends
    • 24 reviews
    2.0 star rating
    13/11/2008

    I have been here a couple of times to exhibitions and it is an impressive place to visit, with the guts of the old industrial building still intact. As for the eating experience goes, it is a different kettle of fish. I came to eat on a Saturday with a friend and the service was slow, with barely 3 or 4 tables to serve, the waiting staff had some difficulty getting the food out once the chef had rung his bell. You could even see him trying to eyeball the waitress who seemed busier levelling an empty table with a folded napkin, to bother getting food out when it was ready to the few customers. The food was nicely presented, but lacked any real real flavour, and was (for the price) just not outstanding enough. Wine was nice though. Customers had trouble getting the attention of the staff on a number of occasions. Maybe the staff front of house have changed, but it would take quite a lot to get me to come back to this place to eat. Will still come to exhibitions here.

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