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The Grapes
80 locals recommend · $$$$
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.
Luke
Luke
I grew up on a Dutch barge on Eel Pie Island on the Thames. I’ve lived on my own narrower Dutch barge for six years, cruising London’s canals. I run Wild Fizz Kombucha with my partner, making a fizzy fermented tea.
76 Narrow St
England, E14 8BP
+44 20 7987 4396
Open · Closes 11:00 PM
Credit Cards
Yes
Outdoor Seating
Yes
Wi-Fi
Yes
Meal Service
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Drinks
Beer, Full Bar
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Tips from locals
Jitesh
Jitesh
October 03, 2018
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…
Wouter
Wouter
October 03, 2018
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.
Adian
Adian
September 28, 2018
Narrow downstairs bar with small Thames-side terrace and upstairs restaurant dating from 1583.
Charlie
Charlie
September 28, 2018
It is beautiful. On the river. Historic. Visited by Charles Dickens
James & Charlotte
James & Charlotte
September 11, 2018
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…