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TOUR OF THE MONTH
ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
27th July 1957 St James' Theater in London closes
27th July 1942 Born today: Barbara Ferris, London England, actress (Nice Girl Like Me)
27th July 1694 The Bank of England was established to act as the English Government's banker.
Dickens based 'Our Mutual Friend' on this pub.
Location: 76 Narrow Street, Limehouse, London, E14 8BP
Description: This seems to be the pub that Dickens bases the Six Jolly Fellowship Porters on in Our Mutual Friend (although there is some debate) - so it has something of a place in Britain's literary history.
It's reputed that the young Charles Dickens was made to stand on a table and sing to the customers.
There are unsavoury stories of watermen taking drunks from this pub to drown drown in the river, then selling their corpses for medical dissection.
Actor Sir Ian McKellan is part owner of this pub that formerly was The Bunch of Grapes.
Tagged in this Tour: Charles Dickens' London