Located by the Thames a short walk from Hammersmith Bridge, The Blue Anchor was first licensed in June 1722, when George I was King of England. Records show The ‘Blew Anchor’ had been selling beer for many decades before that.
Before heading to the Blue Anchor, Strike goes to Saint Elmo’s hostel in Hammersmith in search of Rochelle Onifade, a friend of Lula Landry.
“It was a warm spring afternoon. Strike strode on down towards Hammersmith Bridge, its pale sage-green paint and ornate gilding picturesque in the sun.”
“Strike bought himself a pint in the Blue Anchor, and sat outside at a wooden bench with his face to the water and his back to the royal-blue and white frontage.” Here he sat reading a newspaper, relaxing, with no appointments or places to be. At this time, Robin was at dinner with Matthew and his work colleagues in The Windmill on the Common.
It isn’t mentioned in the book what brand of beer Strike drinks here. While we were there, they didn’t have Doom Bar or any of Strike’s beers, so we’d like to think he tried the Blue Anchor Ale.
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