What is a Wharf?

Butlers Wharf, London

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Butlers Wharf, London

When I went to visit Last.fm in London last year I took some time to wander around the City as I do most times I’m in London. This particular time I decided to take one of the riverboats down to Greenwich – for a long time now, Greenwich has been one of my favourite places in and around London. While I was on the riverboat the tour guide was discussing local points of interest which they have done many times before. However, this time he pointed out a sign which said Wharf above a new apartment block. After then asking all of the people on the riverboat if they knew the meaning of the word wharf non did. Up to that point in my life even I hadn’t questioned what the meaning of it was.

As it was explained to us, a wharf is a Ware House At River Front. During the late 1800s this were prevalent all along the Thames and most other waterside locations.