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Ian McKellen: Landlord of the rings

Sir Ian McKellen is reportedly buying his local pub, the 300-year-old The Grapes.

The Lord Of The Rings star will be landlord of the pub in Limehouse, East London when the deal is finalised but will employ a manager to run The Grapes for him, according to The Sun.

Barbara Haigh, 61, has run the pub for 17 years and is selling it to the 72-year-old actor.

She said: "Sir Ian is buying the pub with his own interests at heart, especially living close by."

The pub was built in 1720 on the site which dates back to 1583 and it was made famous when Charles Dickens immortalised it in Our Mutual Friend in 1864, using it as the inspiration for The Six Jolly Fellowship Porters.

Dickens apparently used to stand on a table and sing to customers in the pub as a young boy.

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