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Royal Oak




The Royal Oak was situated at 113 Tooley Street.  This pub has now been demolished.
Source: Ian Chapman
In the early 1970's, when I was studying at O.T. College, I worked as a barmaid on Sarurday nights at this Pub, then owned by Philly Jacobs (but I think managed by his sister). I never met him, I think he was in jail? I remember it as a happy time, I enjoyed working with the other employees, & we all got on well together. We were generously paid, 'cash in hand'! I do remember quite a few fights, we got used to ducking down safely behind the bar, until the 'bouncers' got it 'sorted'! I also remember these 'hard' men (the bouncers) as being really friendly & always taking care of us. Maybe not so much to some of the patrons! I remember too that we bar-girls had a synchronised 'dance' that we did, behind the bar, every time The Stones "Brown Sugar" was played! Those were the days!
Sarah Kors-Campkin (January 2018)
I remember a night in there I think it was it was one of the 1st pubs to have music , myself and a mate were drinking down stairs when somebody behind me pulled at a light the barman said to me " leave the light alone " I said it weren't me mate, then the light moved again he said " touch that light again and I'll have you" I replied again not me, of course it moved again so he came storming round the bar , me and my mate legged it as fast as we could and ran over the bridge back to the safety over North London.I was a lot fitter in those days and he didn't catch us. A few months later this barmans face was in the paper as one of the Richardson gang think his name was Dixon, lucky he never caught us.
Tony Peakall (April 2020)

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