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

3.5 out of 5 based on 21 reviews

Top 5 reviews of Hope and Anchor

3.0 out of 5 7 July 2016
by Charlotte E.

I visited on a sunny Sunday afternoon and was quite surprised to find it so empty! We ordered our drinks and sat down, that's when we heard all the building work going on upstairs and the emptiness all became clear. I'd quite like to give it another go on a non-refurbishment day as it looks like they have a lot of cool stuff going on, including a theatre upstairs. Hopefully my next review will...more

3.0 out of 5 27 March 2016
by Jennifer R.

I've been to the Hope and Anchor on two occasions. Once to see a progressive medieval rock band play in their basement venue, and another time just for drinks with a friend before a bank holiday weekend.

The music event was mediocre. I can't fault the pub for hosting the band, but the acoustics weren't great and whoever was in control of the sound had a terrible time balancing it out. It was...more

5.0 out of 5 25 March 2016
by Mark D.

Theatre upstairs, good food and friendly staff, no wonder it's crowded.

Can be a battle to find a seat in this fairly small pub, but they do have a downstairs too (open when it's really busy).more

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

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