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Address: South Bank, near Southwark Bridge, London SE1 9EF, England
Phone Number: 020 74071577
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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Great spot to stop for a pint (or two!)

Just finished walking around Tower Hill and we stopped in this pub right during the evening rush and still found a seat upstairs. Service was quick and food was good. Great... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Just finished walking around Tower Hill and we stopped in this pub right during the evening rush and still found a seat upstairs. Service was quick and food was good. Great ambiance and classic pub feel. It's a big place so finding a seat or room to stand wasn't a problem! Great location as well!

Thank OttawaJules
Braintree, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Unlike our first visit, the weather has changed, so an inside seat was required. Always a busy pub but you can always find a table somewhere. Friendly people so sharing can be fun and you never know those other sharers may like a chat, especially if they are visitors and want a little help with the ways of London. Plenty... More 

Thank norman1366
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My husband and I ate recently ate here one Saturday lunch time. We were passing and thought it looked good so went in. It was packed! Literally stacked out but after wandering around for a couple of minutes some people vacated a table and we took it. The guy who cleared the table for us said we were really lucky... More 

Thank MrsLizB
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had to stop for sustenance after a long session sight seeing with a couple of American visitors. They both really enjoyed the fish & chips and I had my favourite sausage and mash which was delicious. Washed down with good beer it really hit the spot. Very friendly service and pleasant surroundings. All in all a really nice visit.

Thank Cleggyb
Barcelona, Spain
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We came upon it, being that we took a cruise on the Thames and saw it. We had fish and chips and a Pint of course. Multiple movies have been filmed here, for example one of them was Get Him to the Greek and well as Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible. Its a common pub, very nice inside. Its very... More 

Thank Jonathan K
Sofia, Bulgaria
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Nothing special, but it is pleasant to have a beer there. The mushrooms pie was interesting though I am not sure I would eat it again if I have a choice. Affordable prices and warm atmosphere. Gets very crowded.

Thank Tsvetelina G
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Absolutely terrible, the staff got my order wrong, I waited nearly an hour for my food and when it arrived it wasn't what I ordered. The waiter argued with me and had to be shown the receipt before he accepted they were in the wrong. Very rude staff.

Thank Gill M
Brussels, Belgium
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Food was delicious. Service was good (mostly they just leave you alone). Very busy and quite hard to find a table. Nice atmostphere. Toilets can be hard to find and there is no clear signage directing you to order at the bar (drinks and food). Would go again.

Thank pinkbackpackkiwi
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This historic pub was operating in Shakespeare's lifetime. I am not sure if we've ever eaten in a pub that has been open for over 800 years. Like most pubs, you order at the bar, then the meal is brought to the table. I had traditional fish and chips that were done to perfection. The price was mid to lower... More 

Thank 594laurah
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great and amazing visit to such an old pub. Great enviroment. Very much history. We came after an visit at the local marked nearby and just saw the Anchor. Had Heart about it earlier. I must say just impressiv.

Thank Pia R

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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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