Rebels, Radicals and Rough Justice: Historic Clerkenwell
Fox and Anchor
The narrow, stone building on your left is the Fox and Anchor pub. Stop here, and look up at the Art Noveau tiling and grotesques that grace the pub’s façade.
These were designed at the Doulton Company of Lambeth. There has been a pub here for over 200 years, but the present building was constructed in the 1890s. As it caters for market workers, it opens at 7am which is very unusual for a pub. A full English breakfast is served from then. The building has been recently renovated and now provides overnight accommodation in some luxury. The Bummers, Pushers and Pullers of the past would probably not recognise the upmarket atmosphere.
Now cross to the right hand side of the street, and keep walking straight. When you reach the gate, go through it and carry on straight.