Anchor Bankside


See where Samuel Pepys watched the Great Fire of London from and Doctor Johnston wrote part of his dictionary. The Anchor Bankside was originally built in 1615 but today serves classic British fare, seven days a week; and has a terrace bar overlooking the river Thames.

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Anchor Bankside

34 Park Street
+44 (0)20 74071577
Public transport:
London Bridge, Underground
Yelp Reviews

3.0 out of 5 based on 79 reviews

Top 5 reviews of Anchor Bankside

3.0 out of 5 29 August 2016
by Joel L.

Hungry on the South Bank

We found ourselves on the South Bank during a day in London. In a very busy tourist deluged area, the dilemma was trying to find a lunch spot that would would satisfy our hunger and not be just awful. After a brief look see, we decided to give this place a try.

Of course we had to try the fish & chips as this was an obvious specialty. My order was served hot in a...more

4.0 out of 5 9 June 2016
by Cosmo W.

I love the Anchor because it epitomizes summer in London. The pub is always full of hustle and bustle, people from all walks of life are sitting in the sun on the roof, drinking a pint, eating some English pub delightful food and reveling in the beautiful weather. The view of the Thames and the surrounding area is outstanding, and I always feel like a local when coming here...more

2.0 out of 5 17 December 2015
by Ranjith R.

Beautiful looking from the outside, lot of character from the outside and brilliant location - as many before me have written.

Lots of space inside, but maze like in the ground floor and a nice out door patio to sit. Went after dark so the view was so so.

From the fare perspective - while the bar tenders were friendly they didn't have basic single malts we asked for, asked for a double gin...more

4.0 out of 5 22 July 2015
by Jocelyn G.

Went in here before we saw our show at the Globe and had a Sunday roast while watching Wimbledon on the TV. The staff was a bit rude, especially when compared to the others at comparable locations...but seeing how this is in the "tourist" area, I'm assuming they get real tired real fast.

The food was delicious. Chicken, veggies, gravy, and whatnot washed down with a lovely cider.


3.0 out of 5 27 June 2015
by Hope C.

Hopelessly touristy but the offerings are steadily consistent. You can't beat the location -- sublimely planted on the south bank of the Thames, near the Shakespeare Globe, The Anchor's facade embodies everything about charming London pubs: beautifully potted outdoor flowers, stone scaffolds, chalkboard signs, cask ales and MEAT PIES. The steak and ale pie was surely frozen and then heated -...more

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