On this site was built the Davies Amphitheatre 1662-1682 the last bear-baiting ring of Bankside visited by Samuel Pepys and John Evelyn. To the north from mid 16th century was the Bear Gardens, a bear-baiting ring visited by Queen Elizabeth I and replaced by The Hope Playhouse 1614-1656, built for plays and bear-baiting where Ben Jonson's play 'Bartholomew Fair' was first performed

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Photo of Samuel Pepys, Robert Harley, William Etty, and Clarkson Stanfield brown plaque
Spudgun67 on Wikimedia Commons
Photo of Samuel Pepys brown plaque
Spudgun67 on Wikimedia Commons
Photo of Samuel Pepys blue plaque
Spudgun67 on Wikimedia Commons
Photo of Samuel Pepys blue plaque
sleepymyf on Flickr
Photo of Samuel Pepys brass plaque
Lyn Robson on Wikimedia Commons
Photo of Charles II, Samuel Pepys, Peter the Great, and The White Hart, Petersfield blue plaque
TiggerSnapper on Flickr
Photo of Samuel Pepys brown plaque
Chris Downer on Geograph
Photo of Samuel Pepys brown plaque
Jez Nicholson on Flickr
Photo of Samuel Pepys brown plaque
Diane Griffiths on Flickr
Photo of Samuel Pepys blue plaque
Elliott Brown on Flickr
Photo of William Newton and John Evelyn grey plaque
Spudgun67 on Wikimedia Commons
Photo of Elizabeth I of England green plaque
Simon Harriyott on Flickr
Photo of Elizabeth I of England white plaque
Simon Harriyott on Flickr
Photo of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I of England black plaque
Simon Harriyott on Flickr
Photo of Mary I of England, Elizabeth I of England, Charles I, Anne of Cleeves, and 3 other
Simon Harriyott on Flickr
Photo of Elizabeth I of England and Christopher Hatton red plaque
Marvin Barretto on Flickr
Photo of Elizabeth I of England, Victoria, and Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha blue plaque
Jeff Stone on Flickr
Photo of Elizabeth I of England bronze plaque
Elliott Brown on Flickr
Photo of Richard II, Elizabeth I of England, and William Cecil black plaque
Bob Harvey on Geograph
Photo of Kenilworth Castle and Elizabeth I of England bronze plaque
Elliott Brown on Flickr