Tuesday, October 16, 2007

The New Flat

We have finally moved into our new flat. Hooray! We have been in "move limbo" for the last 2 months now, so it is a major relief to finally have a stable place to call home. We have been lucky that we have had nice interim places to stay - even still, being adrift (but not on vacation) for 2 months is not something we want to repeat any time in the near future. This past Sunday we moved into our really cute flat in Wapping (rhymes with "topping"). We have mentioned Wapping before because we were staying fairly close to here for a while and had our anniversary dinner at Wapping Food. Wapping is best known for its historical importance in the tea, spice, and tobacco trade plus various bits of piratey history, which prompts me to say "arrrrh" and "aye matey" probably a bit more often than absolutely necessary. Our building is an old warehouse that has been converted into flats, a currently fashionable thing to do to old interesting buildings in the area. The Thames is about 50 yards away with easy access and nice views of Tower Bridge and the river boat traffic.

Our new building

The nice park next to our building

The Thames with The Angel pub in the distance

For celebrity name-dropping, Rod Stewart, Graham Norton, and Helen Mirren live in Wapping (when they aren't somewhere else). Helen doesn't own a car and apparently rides the bus and uses an Oyster Card to get around. Graham Norton walks his labradoodle on Wapping High Street in the mornings and reportedly looks like grim death in person, despite his bubbly TV personality. I want to track down Rod Stewart and have him sing "Maggie May" to Maggie for her birthday (because, of course, no one has asked him this before), or, barring this, at least touch his fluffy hair and run away...but I digress. Wapping isn't your typical trendy celebrity neighborhood, and I'm sure the Jude Laws, Hugh Grants, and Sienna Millers of the world will not be seen anywhere near here. Wapping is simply peaceful and leafy, with nice views of the river, and off of every tourist's radar screen (not to mention tourist maps, since east London simply gets cut off).


Wapping also has several musical connections, including "The Darlings of Wapping Wharf Launderette" by Small Faces, and gets mentioned in several songs that need a word to rhyme with something ending in "-opping". For fans of The Smiths, they recorded some of their early records at a studio here in Wapping and featured our neighbouring pub, The Turk's Head, in the video for "We Hate It When...". I have no idea what this song is, I honestly don't really care for The Smiths, and I don't think I've ever heard anything by Small Faces before, but thanks anyway, Google. I was originally going to call this post "Banned of Gypsys" because we were finally settling down, but then I realized that the pun made absolutely no sense. And yet here I am writing about it anyway. I think I might be digressing again.

The canal that runs through Wapping from St. Katherine's Wharf

We'll post more photos of our place soon. I would post them now, but Maggie has flown off to Ireland today for a few nights in a castle and her company's annual awards party, so, naturally, she has the camera.

5 comments:

R.W. Apple Wannabe said...

Congrats on your move in, and welcome "back" to London. I'm particularly impressed you have your internet up and running already. Jon and I are excited to try Wapping food, so we will surely be in your 'hood soon.

Doug said...

The one tidbit i know about the Small Faces is that after they disbanded, some of the members picked up Rod Stewart and became 'The Faces'. They had one hit called 'Oh La La', pretty catchy tune.

Andy Murdock said...

Oh yeah - I know that song. It is on the Rushmore soundtrack. I guess I do know something about the Small Faces. So it comes full circle - Rod Stewart lives in Wapping, sang with The Faces...

Anonymous said...

Thank you for noting both the location of Wapping as well as Hugh Grant. Very helpful. I see you've also pointed out all the good mexican restaurants on the map there as well...

-Spork's Dad

Angry Badger said...

Spork's Dad couldn't get a Labradoodle, so he only has a Poodor.