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TOUR OF THE MONTH
ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
20th November 1906 George Bernard Shaws Doctor's Dilemma, premieres in London
20th November 1898 John Fowler, English engineer (London Metropolitan Railway), dies
20th November 1852 Charles Reade/Tom Taylor's Masks and Faces, premieres in London
Samuel Pepys witnessed the Great Fire of London, 1666, from here
Location: 34 Bankside, Southwark, SE1 9EF
Description: It was from this pub that Samuel Pepys witnessed the awesome destruction of the Great Fire of London in 1666. He describes the dreadful heat and fire drops falling on him whilst in a boat on the river. He sought refuge in this little alehouse here on Bankside .....and there watched the fire grow.
The Anchor was rebuilt in 1676 after fire devastated the area. This pub was also the star in 'Mission Impossible' - yes... Mr Tom Cruise and Ving Rhames can be seen sharing a pint and a good old chin wag.
There used to be (perhaps still are?) concealed staircases, and a small vertical shaft that gives access to a room in which escaped convicts from the nearby Clink prison reportedly took refuge for a price.
There are plenty of 18th century (and later) features still remaining throughout. How it survived the bombing during the wars is anyones guess.