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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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12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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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
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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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Historic pub crawl

Loved the character of this pub. Original features retained so worth a visit. Right by the Thames. They do food but we were only there for a drink so not sure what it is like... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Zena E
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Tonbridge, United Kingdom
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Buntingford, United Kingdom
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96 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Following a visit to the area earlier this year, it reminded me that I had not been to the Anchor for many years and decided that I would bring my wife here for a visit. I used to come down occasionally from the East End with a few mates for a session in the 1960's and, whilst the pub has... More 

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Thank John H
Tonbridge, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Loved the character of this pub. Original features retained so worth a visit. Right by the Thames. They do food but we were only there for a drink so not sure what it is like. Friendly and warm.

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Thank Zena E
Flitwick, United Kingdom
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79 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I met up with some old business acquaintances for lunch today and was not disappointed. A great venue overlooking the Thames, lovely food and good company. The weather helped too.

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Thank FlitwickMassive
Rimini
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143 reviews
81 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The best of this pub is the location, on the bank of the Thames in a lively area full of restaurants and pubs, the ideal location for a night out. The pub itself is quite average, both in quality and in prices. Staff are helpful, but you have to order your meal at the bar, and then it will be... More 

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Thank fabiopesa
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19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Decided to eat here after visiting The Clink & wanted somewhere nearby. The history of the pub is what decided it for us. The food was a bit pricey & not a huge choice but other than that it was all very tasty & filling. Would visit again.

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Thank Donna J
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25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Have been to this pub several times now. Interior nothing special. Location good. Beer garden overlooking the Thames is great on a summer evening. On this occasion I had food which was fine but nothing special.

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Thank Duncan I
Coventry, United Kingdom
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206 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Popped in to watch football on one of the two screens. This is a Taylor Walker branded pub. The pub has a lot of documented history and is an old Tavern but inside is a faux antique theme pub with modern fixtures and fittings. I didn't eat here but the food looked good. The draught beer, on the other hand,... More 

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Thank lonewayfarer
Cardiff, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped here to have the Sunday Roast, but very disappointed. Absolutely nothing like the picture on the menu or the bill board outside. Meat was like leather, mashed potato very dry (was expecting real potatoes like in the pic) vegetables were mainly onions ( unlike the pictures which show carrots and broccoli) and the roast potatoes were the processed potato... More 

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Thank andrewinchina2014
Oxford, United Kingdom
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113 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The oldest and the worst pub in London. Bar staff that don't speak English and management that couldn't care less. A tourist trap for people who think this is the real "London". Shockingly bad to the point that if a minus score could be given I would of achieved it. Whomever owns this get some staff in that speak our... More 

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Thank Richard S
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55 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Still its a very good place with outside terrace over looking the river and a great collection of beer. a little touristy though.

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Southwark
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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