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The Anchor

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Address: South Bank, near Southwark Bridge, London SE1 9EF, England
Phone Number: 020 74071577
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11:00 am - 12:00 am
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Sun 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Mon - Wed 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thu - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am

Rebuilt in 1676 after fire devastated the area, this pub is located in a...

Rebuilt in 1676 after fire devastated the area, this pub is located in a romantic and atmospheric neighborhood of narrow, winding streets, and has been featured in movie productions such as Mission Impossible.

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Although this pub (sorry, "tavern") can be found in guide books as, basically, a tourist attraction (you know the formula: 'oldest tavern on south London's historic docklands... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Salisbury, United Kingdom

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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Although this pub (sorry, "tavern") can be found in guide books as, basically, a tourist attraction (you know the formula: 'oldest tavern on south London's historic docklands', 'only hostelrie frequented by Shakespeare and his mates' ad infinitum) - it is quite a decent establishment to while away a lunchtime if you find yourself in the area. Admittedly, there were quite... More 

Thank CinderellaK79
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15 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

4 if us booked here for 8pm. Thought we could have a meal and some drinks then go out and watch the fireworks. We got there about 7:55pm and it was really busy we were glad we booked. They took us upstairs to another room and it was all reserved for people having meals. We were the 1st ones there.... More 

Thank Chris B
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I usually go to this pub when I'm London bridge area, great food and average beers, nice staff and very big place.

Thank Antonella S
Northampton, United Kingdom
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85 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015 via mobile

Great location next to the river. Looks great from the outside and inside. The beer I had didn't taste right. Unfortunately service was slow so didn't get chance to cage it as we needed to move on. Better pubs nearby such as the rake

Thank Jon_crane
St Albans
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90 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015

Good place to meet up for drinks. A pub with real character and great views across the river. Very good beers at usual "London prices".

Thank HertsDaveP
Rotherham, United Kingdom
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111 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015

This is a great pub on a great location by the river. This is made up of different levels. We didn't eat but the food looked amazing. We had drinks there. This place is a must next time. Very close by to Borough Market.

Thank Jellygo
Greenville, SC
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162 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Now that's what I'm talking about - The Anchor is a pub. Is it touristy? Well, yes and no. Because there's tourists all around, it gets its fair share but looked to me like a lot of locals were there too. All accents I heard were British. Place is way crowded, but I think that's part of the fun. It's... More 

Thank EBPandDSP
Coto de Caza, California
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86 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2015

This pub has a nice location along the river walk. They offer many beers, 17 taps and others. I had the 1730 pale ale which celebrates its 185 years this year! My wife enjoyed their hot mulled wine.

Thank Wisdomteeth
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13 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015 via mobile

Great setting for tourists- typical pub setting - felt very Christmassy yesterday and was really busy - we just called in for a pint and a G&T before lunch but a lot of people were eating - the food looked good, served quickly and hearty! Friendly bar staff.

Thank AHJ14
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105 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015 via mobile

This pub is in a gorgeous location right on the South Bank, about 5 minutes from London Bridge. The pub has a wonderful outside area in the summer, with amazing views across the river to St Paul's. The drinks are expensive - a glass of wine and a pint set me back £12, but it's a lovely atmosphere. Didn't try... More 

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Even before the arrival of the instantly iconic Shard, the riverside scene in Southwark had moved well beyond any up-and-coming phase of development. For quite some time, locals and out-of-towners alike have loved browsing the boutiques of Bermondsey High Street, foraging through the bounteous stalls at centuries old foodie haven Borough Market, and flocking to the banks of the Thames to enjoy some of Britain's biggest attractions such as Tate Modern and Shakespeare's Globe. Despite Southwark's many popular draws, instant calm can be achieved easily by turning down almost any side street. For more urban buzz, a quick stroll across famed bridges like the pedestrianized Millennium Bridge or the ever photogenic Tower Bridge yields access to the very core of Central London. And with London Bridge Station as this neighborhood's main transportation hub, getting across town (or to anywhere in England for that matter) is a relative breeze.
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