Georgian houses, Narrow Street, Limehouse, London Docklands, E14: one of the earliest streets in Docklands to be gentrified in the late 1970s/early 1980s. Narrow Street’s most famous resident, Sir Ian McKellen, has lived there for 30 years, and announced in a 2012 interview that ‘I’ve decided to end my days there’. Sir Ian’s pub, The Grapes, can be seen at the end.
The houses back onto the north bank of the River Thames. One, painted pink on the Thames side, is the home of the comedian Julian Clary.
On 25 Jan 1981, Narrow Street became politically famous when four prominent UK Labour MPs who were opposed to the trade-union block vote – Shirley Williams, Roy Jenkins, William Rodgers and David Owen – made the Limehouse Declaration from Owen’s house in Narrow Street, marking the beginnings of the Social Democratic Party (who subsequently merged into the Liberals to form the Lib Dems).
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