|...Re-opened, but has it been ruined?|
|ANCHOR||LONDON SE1 9EF||34 Bankside, Southwark|
The Anchor has re-opened after extensive modernisation and enlargement. The walled courtyard has been built upon, providing another large bar. At the rear, a Premier Hotel has been built on what was the car park.
Although most of the original pub has survived, albeit with minor alterations, it has been dwarfed by the sheer scale of the additions. Perhaps a few more visits are needed to get over the initial shock? The Anchor remains a favourite but with reservations. Your comments are welcomed.
They shoot films around here because it's so atmospheric. (Tom Cruise has a pint here in Mission Impossible). A walk around the narrow streets gives you an idea of how things used to be at the Anchor.
It was from this pub that Samuel Pepys witnessed the awesome destruction of the Great Fire of London in 1666. He describes the dreadful heat and "fire drops" falling on him whilst in a boat on the river. He sought refuge in "a little alehouse on bankside .....and there watched the fire grow".
The Anchor was rebuilt in 1676 after fire devastated the area.
The pubs original structure has been added-to over several centuries, creating a maze of odd little rooms featuring old brick fire places, waney oak beams and worn, creaking floorboards.
There are several interesting bars, one named after Dr. Johnson, lexicographer and writer, who drank here regularly. A copy of his dictionary is on display.
The main dining room has wonderful views across the Thames to the City. Another, the Shakespeare Room (used for functions), has beautiful 18th century pine panelling. A first floor terrace and riverside terrace offer outdoor seating.
|The Anchor has a new old neighbour too, Shakespeare's Globe theatre recreated just along the waterfont. Bankside's cultural boom continues with the new Tate Modern gallery a little further upstream.|
TEL 020 7407 1577
FAX 020 7407 0741
Credit cards: All major
TUBE & RAIL London Bridge
Cannon Street (north bank)
12.00 - 21.00|
12.00-14.30 & 17.30-22.00
|BEER Courage, Adnams|