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A local expert says
A 500-year-old pub with a great atmosphere. It’s really narrow, like a little corridor, and is so quirky. It’s right at the Limehouse Basin where you first come in off the Thames and moor your barge on the canal, your first respite from stormy waters. If you go through to the back, it looks out onto the Thames—you can see the trip boats go past.
The actor Ian McKellen is a leaseholder, and he’s trying to keep it as a traditional old boozer. Go for the Monday night pub quiz at 8 pm. The first half you think you’re doing well, then the second half goes really left-field—it’s impossible. A great night of London fun.
Open · Closes 11:00 PM
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Beer, Full Bar
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Whether you’re after a quick lunch, a romantic dinner by the river or just a friendly greeting in your local pub, The Grapes in Limehouse is the place to go. It has been been recommended by The Good Pub Guide since 1996, and you'll understand why when you visit. Overlooking the Thames, in a peacefu…
Overlooking the Thames, in a peaceful neighbourhood not that far from the bustle of Canary Wharf, The Grapes is one of the oldest pubs in London. Charles Dickens was a patron, and even made reference to the pub in his novel 'Our Mutual Friend'. Leaseholder is Sir Ian McKellen.
Owned by Sir Ian McKellan this tiny little pub is an iconic East London spot. for a cosy pint inside or watching the river (mid out for waves!). Grab a boris bike in Mile End and join the Regents Canal in Mile End Park. You can follow this all the way down to limehouse marina and along Narrow St to…