The Grapes Pub 1583 (originally The Bunch of Grapes) –- Narrow Street, Limehouse, East London.
One of the oldest pubs in London- The Grapes is a Grade II listed public house situated directly on the north bank of the Thames in London’s Limehouse area.
Co- Owned by local Limehouse resident Sir Ian McKellan, this cosy pub is famous for its fish restaurant with great views over the River Thames.
Charles Dickens was a patron, and even made reference to the pub in his novel ‘Our Mutual Friend’.
A tavern of dropsical appearance… long settled down into a state of hale infirmity. It had outlasted many a sprucer public house, indeed the whole house impended over the water but seemed to have got into the condition of a faint-hearted diver, who has paused so long on the brink that he will never go in at all.
Ian McKellen has written a brief history, here, should you wish to find out more.