Category: Pubs in Southwark
Business profile: Situated on one of the most historical reaches of the Thames, the Anchor Bankside lays claim to fascinating, and somewhat gruesome historical associations.

Sitting just a stone’s throw away from the pub is perhaps its most famous neighbour, the original Globe Theatre site, which stood 1598 to 1613. It is supposed that Shakespeare himself enjoyed a pint of ale or two within the walls of the Anchor. Built within metres of the original site, the modern reconstruction of Shakespeare’s Globe opened in 1997. Throughout history, the Anchor has been used as a tavern, a brothel, a brewery, a ship’s chandlers, and has played host to a wealth of notable patrons. It is said that Doctor Samuel Johnson, another of England’s best known literary figures, was a close friend of the Thrale Brewery owners and a regular drinker at the Anchor.
Address: 34 Park St, Southwark, London SE1 9EF
Phone number: 020 7407 1577