About Anchor - Bankside
19th century pub with beer garden, built on a truly historic site on the bank of the Thames in Southwark. Serving expertly-brewed cask ale and classic pub food in a family-friendly environment, a stone’s throw from the Globe theatre. Although the most recent incarnation of The Anchor was built in the 1800s, its rich history dates back to the 1600s and beyond. Purportedly once frequented by Shakespeare, the pub has a rather macabre past, being on the site of both a Roman grave and a plague pit. The venue owes its current title to the 17th century owner of the pub’s brewery, Josiah Childs, who named it The Anchor in 1665 due to his close affiliation with the navy. When the Great Fire of London swept through the surrounding area in 1666, Samuel Pepys took refuge in The Anchor, writing in his diary that he stopped in ‘a little alehouse on bankside...and there watched the fire grow.’ Although the pub survived the Great Fire, ironically it burned down a short time later in the 1670s, before being rebuilt several times over the centuries. Located opposite the Clink prison museum and within easy reach of London Bridge, The Anchor is surrounded by some of London’s most famous attractions, making it the perfect place to refuel and relax after a busy day in the capital.