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The Anchor

#3,991 of 18,801 Restaurants in London
$$ - $$$, British,
34 Park Street | Southwark, London SE1 9EF, England
+44 20 7407 1577
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  • Excellent25%
  • Very good43%
  • Average17%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible9%
Travellers talk about
“fish and chips” (144 reviews)
“globe theatre” (31 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 am - 11:30 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
Sponsored by: The Anchor
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"
Elderflower C
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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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1 - 10 of 988 reviews

Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Great place. Really lively. Good beer. Great views from the beer garden. You really don’t need much more.

Thank SarahBe1972
Restaurant's Favourite
Reviewed 3 December 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
Alex K, General Manager at The Anchor, responded to this reviewResponded 24 June 2018

Thanks you very much for your kind review. We are famous for our Fish n Chips and we do try to create a great atmosphere for everyone. Hope to see you return again soon. Best regards Alex Kane General Manager

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Stopped for a drink and was surprised by the size and atmosphere. Very popular, but the staff worked hard to limit the wait. Good variety of drinks and worth a visit.

Thank David C
Alex K, General Manager at The Anchor, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you David, Its really nice to hear from a genuine customer that they've seen first hand the team working hard to limit the waiting time at the bar. Much appreciated Come back soon Best regards Alex Kane General Manager

Reviewed 1 week ago

Just a short walk from the New Globe, this is a sprawling establish, busy right up until last call. Great selection of brews, and since this is an easy walk back across the Thames to Ludgate Hill, only need a designated walker. Stop by for...More

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

Thank you for the kind review, we are very popular with tourism and love meeting new people. Enjoy London Regards Alex Kane General Manager

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Anchor, Bankside is the bar/restaurant associated to the Premier Inn, Southwark when you book to stay with dinner included. Unfortunately this is the worst restaurant I have experienced in association with Premier Inn and this is my third visit as my work brings me...More

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

Well I have to clarify with you that although we are physically connected that's as far as it goes. Dinner isn't included with room reservations as that service isn't offered and neither is a restaurant facility. We are old English heritage pub which sells great...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

To the security staff who successfully managed to clear the pub out 10 minutes after we'd bought a last round, I hope you enjoyed your after work drinks. I hope you didn't feel intimidated by a group of yobs, stomping around, shouting at you to...More

Thank customer772
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Popped in on a Sunday evening after a walk by Southbank to try out Sunday roast, as they were serving it all day. Had been put into very good mood by bartender Nikolas. He suggested us which whiskies we should have, which followed with their...More

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

Thank you very much, we're so happy you enjoyed the Anchor last night. Hope to see you again soon. Regards Alex Kane General Manager

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We ate here because my in-laws are fussy eaters but had eaten here before & liked it. Lunch for 6 people (without alcohol) was £83 I had pie, mash & veg. The veg was smooshy & cold, the mash potato was like hospital mash -...More

3  Thank _auntiegab
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped in due to a recommendation. We ordered the sampler plate which included 2 small burgers, 4 little sausage's, and 2 very small pieces of fish along with chips. The fish and chips were actually very good. The burgers were very dry and over...More

Thank Doug S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was an un-compairable experience we had at this hotel. We were a family of four spending a relaxed holiday. The location of the hotel is in a scenic spot - near a river surrounded by a forest. Varieties of food and the serving is...More

Thank Capt-Haridas
Alex K, General Manager at The Anchor, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

I think you have reviewed the wrong business. We are the Anchor pub on Bankside. Regards

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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17 September 2018|
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 9 - USD 16
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, View, Child-friendly
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
  • Neighbourhood: Southwark
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7407 1577
  • E-mail
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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