This post was written by guest blogger Andy Fine.
If you can stick to your business model and retain a house of ill-repute (sort of) for over 100 years, you’re clearly doing something right.
A pub immortalised by Charles Dickens as a centre of hard-drinking iniquity in his novel Our Mutual Friend is at the centre of a row over late-night opening.
Police and residents who live near The Grapes, in east London’s Limehouse district, are opposing an application for the pub to stay open until 2am because of fears that it will fuel crime.
If you’re a late night drinker like I am, don’t worry — some heavyweights have joined the cause.
The dispute, which is before the local authority, has been given added impetus by the pub’s literary credentials and by the number of celebrities who live on its street.
Sir Ian McKellen, one of Britain’s best-known actors, who is supporting the controversial application, and Lord Owen, the former Labour foreign secretary, both live within yards of the riverside pub’s front door.