Seven Pubs, Seven Sins: Wrath

Wrath this week. Specifically, Steinbeck’s the Grapes of Wrath. More specifically, any pub with the name ‘grape’ in the title. And there are some great ones. Be careful though, heading through The City, not all are open on the weekends.

We recommend starting at the Hoop & Grapes near Aldgate. A lovely old pub, that missed being engulfed in the great fire but just a few meters. The name is an evolution of Hop & Grapes, showing that they used to sell both beer and wine (don’t worry, you can still get both).

Heading into the City, try the Bunch of Grapes, situated just be Leadenhall Market, under the shadow of Lloyds of London. Worth heading inside the market and trying the Lamb Tavern since you’re passing.

At this point, it’s worth heading south of the river. Over London Bridge you’ll find the Bunch of Grapes. Situated conveniently close to borough market for lunch (not the mention the Southwark Tavern and the Market Porter).

Back over Southwark Bridge at the bottom of Bow Lane (close to St Mary Le Bow church, home of Bow Bells and a stone’s throw from St. Paul’s) you’ll find the Planet of the Grapes. Not so much a pub, but a very pleasant wine bar with a great name. The same group also run FOX near Moorgate and have another Planet of the Grapes over near Holborn.

From here, continue past St Paul’s and up Farringdon street to another, equally charming Hoop & Grapes. Occasional home to Del the Pearly Minstrel if you’re looking for a proper cockney knees-up.

Finish off the crawl over in Mayfair at Ye Grapes, set in the corner of Shepherd Market. It’s a long walk, but if you get tired, at least the Seven Stars is pretty much the halfway point.