The Grapes public house in Narrow Street, Limehouse, is very likely to
be the same pub as the one Charles Dickens calls 'The Six Jolly
Fellowship Porters' in Our Mutual Friend.
He wrote of the pub having a dropsical appearance, with not a straight floor, and of the red curtains matching the customers' noses. The wooden ladder which descended from the verandah, so that watermen could reach the taproom from their boats, is no longer there.
(From a nearby information sign.)
This gem of a pub serves magnificent real ales and good food, with a restaurant upstairs. It has a balcony overlooking the Thames.
However, the pub is tiny and will be packed most evenings.
Best time to view it is around midday, although it soon fills up.