London – Pepys

Another Penguin Little Black Classic that we have acquired recently is No 47 – extracts from the diary of Samuel Pepys including the section that covers the Great Fire of London.

Just a little east of the Old Operating Theatre Museum in our previous post is the Anchor Tavern, which has several literary connections. It’s claimed that in September 1666, Pepys viewed the Great Fire of London from this Thames-side pub, which in the diary is described as, “a little alehouse on the Bankside”.

Shakespeare also probably drank at the Anchor, and it was definitely often patronised by Samuel Johnson with a copy of his dictionary now on display inside the tavern.

The Anchor Southwark



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