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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34 Park Street, Southwark, London, SE1 9EF

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+44 (0)20 74071577

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Open : Mon 11:00 - 23:00, Tue 11:00 - 23:00, Wed 11:00 - 23:00, Thu 11:00 - 24:00, Fri 11:00 - 24:00, Sat 11:00 - 24:00, Sun 12:00 - 23:00

Food Served: Mon 12:00 - 22:00, Tue 12:00 - 22:00, Wed 12:00 - 22:00, Thur 12:00 - 22:00, Fri 12:00 - 22:00, Sat 12:00 - 22:00, Sun 12:00 - 21:00

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Anchor Bankside

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


3 out of 5 based on 51 reviews

Top 5 reviews of Anchor Bankside

3.0 out of 5 17 July 2014
by Lorraine D.

Great old fashioned style pub with oodles of history. Lots of rooms to have your own little meeting spot during the day while everyone else is at work. The toilets however do need a make over as a little dingy and smelly, pew wee. Great location for quick drink whilst enjoying the South Bank. Avoid early evening as it is manic with the workers but if your on the hunt for someone special...more

3.0 out of 5 28 March 2014
by Chris S.

Originally a classic and famous pub. It burned down a couple years ago and they did a nice job restoring the facade (except for the ghastly illuminated plastic sign in place of the previous brass one) but the interior has lost its previous charm. Four or five cask ales and many more taps of stuff that shouldn't be poured in a real pub, but it's very busy and I suppose that most of the tourists...more

4.0 out of 5 10 December 2013
by Neil S.

We came here for a visit to escape the biting wind of the Thames and to sit down after transporting a couple of heavy bags around through Tower Bridge and the South Bank after checking out of the hotel.

It's very much a "tourist trap" although some of the patrons appeared to be City workers unwinding after a day in the office.

The gentleman who took my order from me was very pleasant...more

4.0 out of 5 28 September 2013
by Jahan M.

I will start by saying I am a shameless tourist. As most people have stated, this is a tourist trap, but we enjoyed it. We walked past it at a point in our day when we were hungry for anything and it wasn't crowded at all, around 1pm on a Monday.

Ordered at the bar and the food was delivered to the table. It was hot and tasted ok. Good serving size filled me up. Bathrooms weren't as dreadful...more

4.0 out of 5 29 August 2013
by Kelleigh M.

It's hard to rate any old English pub poorly, considering the history and heritage each one possesses.

We finished our night time on the river Thames bike tour with a pint from the anchor pub. According to our tour guide its one of the oldest in the cities.

What I found to make this pub stand out from the others is that it was playing "club" top 40 music....some may love that, some may not.more