Hope and Anchor


The Hope & Anchor in Islington was a leading venue in the punk movement of the 70s. The Stranglers recorded an album, Live at the Hope & Anchor, here. Two decades later, British band Keane made their debut. Recently re-launched, The Hope & Anchor continues to showcase exciting new bands.

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Hope and Anchor

207 Upper Street
N1 1RL
+44 (0)20 7354 1312
Public transport:
Highbury & Islington, Underground
Yelp Reviews

3.0 out of 5 based on 18 reviews

Top 5 reviews of Hope and Anchor

2.0 out of 5 17 April 2015
by Katie I.

I was drawn here like an anchor but it actually has sunk to the bottom and can never return. Ha! That's crap.

No really I had always wanted to go here but we went one night and it was busy, with hardly any staff on - not their fault. What was their fault was when I asked for a white wine spritzer and got this weird cloudy apple juice colour thing, that wasn't fizzy, and I asked if it was...more

5.0 out of 5 25 August 2014
by Mallory F.

Hope and Anchor is beautiful outside and really nice inside. It's very much a traditional pub, but with some updated and sophisticated aspects to it.

I've been here twice now, and both times, the same lovely lady was behind the bar. The first time, Chris and I were taking our time perusing the selection of beer and got to chatting with her. She commented on how adorable we are together,...more

3.0 out of 5 20 August 2014
by Jessica C.

Swung by the Hope & Anchor the other night to check out a band from back home (Yay Canada!) The basement venue was small, but ideal as it gave the space a more intimate feeling. The AC was blasting - and if there were lots of sweaty bodies it would've been amazing, but since there were only a handful of us it was freezing!

Main bar area is nice - they serve food (I didn't have any but it...more

4.0 out of 5 20 August 2014
by Whitney R.

A great spot in Islington. Whether you're looking for a drink, a show in their black box theatre, a bit to eat or a music performance, Hope and Anchor has it all. I would definitely come back for more shows, which as I understand it, are constantly offered.more

4.0 out of 5 19 January 2012
by Siobhan K.

A good spot in North London (Upper Street) if you are looking to see some grungy live music.

The place has a history of punk rock bands including the Sex Pistols.

Looks like a typical grungy pub with a seperate live music part.

I quite enjoy it here - it's live & raw!more

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