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
Book a taxi on +44 (0)844 556 0706 or with London's biggest car service app
Yelp Reviews


3 out of 5 based on 17 reviews

Top 5 reviews of Hope and Anchor

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

3.0 out of 5 30 July 2011
by antisocialite

I had a gig here a few weeks back and after soundcheck we had a lot of drinking time to kill before the actual show. Quite a casual, after-work vibe in there but I wouldn't say it's one of the best watering holes in the area. The bar staff seem to be there more for the music and gigs so aren't that helpful if you need a hand with your drinks selections (of which the choices aren't vast...more

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