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Address: South Bank, near Southwark Bridge, London SE1 9EF, England
Phone Number: 020 74071577
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

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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Impromptu visit for early dinner

We wanted pub style fish and chips and that's exactly what we got, the food was hot and tasty and served promptly, considering just how busy this pub was when we visited. Great... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Sue L
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We came across this place by accident. It's a very busy bar on the banks of the Thames. Service was quick. Bar staff very attentive and the food was good. Worth popping in if you're in the area.

Thank bizey
Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stopped in for dinner and had some of the most delicious pub food of our entire vacation! Great beer selection too. We sat inside, but the outdoor patio affords a great view of the Thames. Overall, the perfect little English pub!

Thank Lindsay M
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We wanted pub style fish and chips and that's exactly what we got, the food was hot and tasty and served promptly, considering just how busy this pub was when we visited. Great atmosphere as people calling in after finishing work for a drink or two and lots of diners already there

Thank Sue L
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016 via mobile

The Anchor is a typical and very old pub which remains typical British despite the millions of visitors! I ate my English breakfast and I drunk my filtered coffee in the mugs and I enjoyed it much!!!

Thank Venetia K
Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016 via mobile

Built in 1615, over 400 years old. Good selection of beers as you would expect, and Pimms on tap. Variety of seating options, graat place to enjoy the english sun for a lazy afternoon, watching the world go by!

Thank 40yoStudent
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016 via mobile

Out was lovely sitting next to the river, live music in the late afternoon early evening. Prices were average, bar staff were lovely and worked hard to get through a busy bar, Pimms with all the right fruit on tap 😊. The only down side were the toilets. In the ladies there were only 2 working and regular queues out... More 

Thank JoJoandJames
Apopka, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2016

I love the Anchor because it epitomizes summer in London. The pub is always full of hustle and bustle, people from all walks of life are sitting in the sun on the roof, drinking a pint, eating some English pub delightful food and reveling in the beautiful weather. The view of the Thames and the surrounding area is outstanding, and... More 

Thank cosmokazi
Croydon, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016

Glass of wine after strolling down southbank. Good location. Nice vibe. Overlooking the Thames. Usual prices for London. Plenty of staff. Good pub for tourists who want old fashioned English pub.

Thank Susan L
Vancouver, BC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016

You HAVE to go there if you are in the area. Definitely the REAL DEAL when it comes to English [London] Pubs. Prices were legit too.

Thank Rickity1-x
Swanley, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016

According to the guide, this is London's oldest pub where William Shakespeare, Samuel Pepys and several other famous have drank in the past. Prices are reasonable for London. Had a sharing platter - Nachos with melted cheese, Jalapeno peppers and pulled pork - delicious!

Thank Brian C

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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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