CROWN AND ANCHOR TAVERN, in the STRAND.
"The Crown Tavern, a large and curious house, with good rooms and other conveniences fit for entertainments." Strype, B.iv.p117.
Here Johnson and Boswell occasionally supped together. Here Johnson quarrelled with Percy about old Dr. Mounsey; and here, when Sir Joshua Reynolds was maintaining the advantages of wine in assisting conversation, and referring particularly to himself, Johnson observed, "I have heard none of those drunken - nay, drunken is a coarse word - none of those vinous flights." It ceased to be a tavern in 1847, and is now the Whittington Club - a cheap and well-conducted club for clerks and other persons.
Peter Cunningham, Hand-Book of London, 1850