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The Anchor

#3,039 of 18,544 Restaurants in London
$$ - $$$, British,
34 Park Street | Southwark, London SE1 9EF, England
+44 20 7407 1577
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  • Excellent25%
  • Very good44%
  • Average17%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible8%
Travelers talk about
“fish and chips” (44 reviews)
“burger” (6 reviews)
“the pub” (31 reviews)
Closes in 19 min
11:00 AM - 10:30 PM Hours
Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
34 Park Street | Southwark, London SE1 9EF, England
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Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here
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1. Fantastic riverside relaxing
"What price can you put on sitting on the side of the Thames"
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2. Great pub all year round
"This is by far my favourite pub in London"
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3. Lovely old pub with character
"The place looked so lovely - we just had to check it out"
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I’ve been there to see a football match with some friends. The food was disappointing. I realise that it’s not a five stars restaurant but even if it’s a pub food you can cook up to standards or you can just heat the meal and...More

Thank Coccone5
Restaurant's Favorite
Reviewed December 2, 2017

Between our group we had the fish and chips and pulled pork nachos. The fish and chips were great. Highly recommend them. The nachos were ok. The environment was fun. Great music, friendly staff. I would definitely go back.

Thank McHaulerz
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

It either takes something really bad or really great for me to write a review on trip advisor, unfortunately this was the latter. We went here for some food and a few drinks with my brother and sister in law. We got a table on...More

Thank Kyle A
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great food, great atmosphere, moderate service, the food was really nice both my brother and I had the hunters chicken and we were both full and couldn’t complain, but when we first got to the bar we asked for the table to be wiped down...More

Thank Owen S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What price can you put on sitting on the side of the Thames opposite St Paul et al? Staff were friendly and the drinks and the light lunch reflected the view. And amazingly much of the menu was cheaper than say The Hoggett in my...More

Thank robertM5367PF
Alex K, General Manager at The Anchor, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you Robert for such a great review. You’re right you cannot put a price on it 👍🏻 We hope to see you again soon Best regards Alex Kane General Manager

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Used to be a favourite of ours but will now avoid like the plague. Arrived at 7.30 p.m. and overheard the chef telling the bar staff they had run out of chips. Seeing as most of the items on the menu are served with chips...More

Thank KitC87
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is the place that is seen in Mission Impossible. It’s been around for hundreds of years. Not quite the atmosphere I wanted. You have to order at the bar. No one waits on you.More

Thank rwworden
Alex K, General Manager at The Anchor, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Old English pubs tend to be order at the bar my friend so we're sorry if you had a different impression of us before you sat down. We are working on changing a few things around soon so you might be surprised in the future....More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great location. Really old pub with lots of history. Lots of rooms which is very interesting. Quite enough to chat and not shout.

Thank Josie P
Alex K, General Manager at The Anchor, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for the review Josie we love our old pub with its history. Come back soon. Regards Alex Kane General Manager

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After a long walk by the Thames we came across this place and decided to go in for lunch, the pub had a nice look to it and seemed to be in three levels plus a small roof terrace. The outside bar and seating area...More

Thank Sarahwivak
Alex K, General Manager at The Anchor, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Sarah, I've just taken over the Anchor on Bankside and as I'm going through reviews I would just like to say how generous you were with yours. Being out of stock of a specific drink and a poorly cooked burger are about to become...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped at The anchor today and possibly the worst lunch ever. Ordered Bloomer cheese and pickle sandwich and a chicken and bacon open sandwich. The chicken had been microwaved beyond its life, tough and inedible. Complained about the cheese sandwich, the bread was stale and...More

Thank Happytravellers9960
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
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$9 - $16
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar scene, Families with children, Scenic view, Large groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 10:30 PM
11:00 AM - 10:30 PM
11:00 AM - 10:30 PM
11:00 AM - 10:30 PM
11:00 AM - 11:30 PM
11:00 AM - 11:30 PM
11:00 AM - 11:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 34 Park Street | Southwark, London SE1 9EF, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Southwark
  • Neighborhood: Southwark
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7407 1577
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This pub is the sole survivor of the riverside inns that existed here in Shakespeare's time when this district was at the heart of theatreland and the Thames was London's principal highway. It was frequented by many actors from the neighbouring playhouses, including the Globe, the Swan and the Rose. It is where diarist Samuel Pepys saw the Great Fire of London in 1666. He wrote that he took refuge in "a little alehouse on bankside ... and there watched the fire grow". Another fire devastated the pub whose interior was mainly constructed of oak. It was rebuilt in 1676 and has since had additions over the centuries. The Anchor tavern became a favourite place for river pirates and smugglers: during the course of repairs carried out in the early 19th century the removal of a massive oak beam revealed ingeniously contrived hiding places which were probably used for the storage of stolen goods and contraband.
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