Rotherhithe Area Guide

Rotherhithe is a residential district on the banks of the Thames just outside Shad Thames which is steeped in historical significance. It is located on a peninsula facing Wapping on the north bank and is a part of the Docklands Development area.


The village has a long history as a port, with many shipyards from Elizabethan times until the early 20th Century and with working docks until the 1970s. In the 1980s the area along the river was redeveloped as housing, through a mix of warehouse conversions and new-build developments. Following the arrival of the Jubilee line in 1999 at nearby at Canada Water and the rejuvenation of the London Overground Line (previously the East London Line) in 2010, Rotherhithe is now a rapidly gentrifying residential and commuter area, with a range of different property styles.  However the original ‘village’ feel is well retained with help of King Stairs gardens, the old parish church, cobbled streets and olde world pubs.

Rotherhithe Local Features

Brunel Museum
Thames Path
The Mayflower Public House
St Mary's Church
Albion Street Market

Rotherhithe Local Schools

Albion Primary School
Alfred Salter Primary School
St James' Church of England Primary School
Bacon's College
Redriff Primary School

Rotherhithe Transport Links

Rotherhithe Station
Rotherhithe Tunnel
Canada Water Station
Surrey Quays Station
Greenland Pier