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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

18th June 2011 Peace campaigner Brian Haw, who camped from 2001 to 2011 outside Parliament, dies from lung cancer.

18th June 1977 Sex Pistols Johnny Rotten and Paul Cook, beaten and robbed by London pub

18th June 1963 Born today: Omar Londono, jockey

18th June 1929 Born today: James Bishop, editor (London News Publications)

18th June 1817 Waterloo Bridge (2formerly Strand Bridge) was officially opened by the Prince Regent.

18th June 1583 Richard Martin of London takes out 1st life insurance policy, on William Gibbons, premium was 383

The Grapes



The Grapes

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

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The Grapes

Dickens based 'Our Mutual Friend' on this pub.


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The Grapes also used to be run by, believe it or not, former Playboy London bunny girl from 71-82 Barbara Haigh. When she was landlady they held a London bunnies reunion here every year. (charlie pickles)
Posted by charlie pickles on 2012-12-17
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