The Old Anchor Pub
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The Anchor Pub
Bank End, London
This pub is where diarist Samuel Pepys saw the Great Fire of London in 1666. He wrote that he took refuge in "a little alehouse on bankside ... and there watched the fire grow".
Another fire devastated the pub and it was rebuilt in 1676 and has since had additions over the centuries. It is the sole survivor of the riverside inns that existed here in Shakespeare's time, when this district was the centre and heart of theatre land and the Thames was London's principle highway. The pub's original structure has been added-to over the centuries, creating a maze of odd little beamed rooms. One is named after Samuel Johnson, the lexicographer and writer, who drank here regularly and was a friend of the Thrale's who owned the pub and the phenominally successful Anchor porter brewery, which when offered for sale Johnson said 'We are not here to sell a parcel of boilers and vats, but the potentiality of growing rich beyond the dreams of avarice'.
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November 11th, 2012
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