The Grapes is a public house backing onto the Thames waterfront, located at 76 Narrow Street, London E14 8BP. It is owned in partnership by Evgeny Lebedev, Sean Mathias and Ian McKellen, and managed by Paul Mathias.
The current building was built in 1720, on the site of a previous pub built in 1583, a working class tavern, serving the dockers of the Limehouse Basin. In the 1930s it sold beer from the adjacent brewery owned by Taylor and Walker. It survived the bombing of the nearby Limehouse Basin in World War II and Docklands redevelopment in the 1980s. Limehouse was first settled as one of the few healthy areas of dry land among the riverside marshes. By Queen Elizabeth I’s time, it was at the center of world trade and her explorer Sir Humphrey Gilbert lived there. From directly below The Grapes, Sir Walter Raleigh set sail on his third voyage to the New World.