The Anchor Tap  

 
 
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23 Horsleydown Road, Bankside, Bermondsey, London SE1 2LN
 
 
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Mon to Sat 12noon-11pm, Sun 12noon-10.30pm
 

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The Anchor TapSituated on the south side of the Thames in the Tower Bridge Conservation Area, this historic Southwark pub offers a truly traditional English experience. From the fish and chip suppers served, to the string of clearly designated separate rooms, upright piano, games room and open fire this pub effortlessly captures old-fashioned England. Within the dark, oak walls of this late 18th century, former dock-workers pub, one of the most quintessentially English inventions took seed. Dr Samuel Johnson compiled his English dictionary in a special room inside The Anchor Tap. Originally a place for brewery employees to sample the fruits of their labour, a Tap Room was traditionally set up near its parent brewery. The Anchor Tap was the first such establishment set up by British brewing legends, John Courage, and was located in close proximity to the former Anchor Brewery and the old Hop Exchange on Borough High Street. The Anchor Tap is an unpretentious, wharfside treasure offering a simple taste of a bygone English age.

 

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Hilton London Tower Bridge
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £121  37% off
5 More London Place, SE1 | 4 minutes from The Anchor Tap
This plush, modern hotel south of the historic Tower Bridge is very convenient for exploring London. Just five minutes from the Tube station, it's 10 to ... More
 
 
 
Apex City of London Hotel
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £102  32% off
1 Seething Lane, EC3N | 9 minutes from The Anchor Tap
With Tower of London, London Bridge and St. Paul's just a step away, this hotel has a great location for both business and leisure travellers. It's ... More
 
 
 
DoubleTree by Hilton Tower of London
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £98  26% off
7 Pepys Street, EC3N | 10 minutes from The Anchor Tap
The brand new purpose built DoubleTree Hotel Tower of London is a few minutes walk from Tower Hill and Fenchurch Street stations. With iMac entertainment systems ... More
 
 
 
 
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The Anchor Tap
London > Nightlife > Pubs
23 Horsleydown Road, Bermondsey, Bankside, London SE1 | Same location as The Anchor Tap
Situated on the south side of the Thames in the Tower Bridge Conservation Area, this historic Southwark pub offers a truly traditional English experience. From the ... More
 
 
 
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Loyal Tavern
London > Nightlife > Pubs
171-173 Bermondsey Street, SE1 | 7 minutes from The Anchor Tap
In September 2019, Bermondsey institution Village East becomes the Loyal Tavern as ex Duck & Waffle executive chef Tom Cenci teams ... More
 
 
 
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40 Maltby Street
London > Nightlife > Wine Bars
40 Maltby Street, Southwark, London SE1 | 5 minutes from The Anchor Tap
Under the railway arches on Maltby Street is a food lover's paradise, filled with shops from the likes of St John Bakery, Monmouth Coffee, Kernel Brewery ... More
 
 
 
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Nine Lives
London > Nightlife > Bars
8 Holyrood Street, SE1 | 5 minutes from The Anchor Tap
The founders of Sweet&Chilli, experts in cocktail research and creation, are behind this late night Bermondsey Street cocktail bar. Set in a Victorian ... More
 
 
 
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Hide Bar
London > Nightlife > Bars
39-45 Bermondsey Street, SE1 | 5 minutes from The Anchor Tap
Conveniently located on the ground floor of the International Wine & Spirit Centre on Bermondsey Street, a stone's throw from London Bridge, it comes as no ... More
 
 
 
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The Southbury Child
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 22nd April to 27th June 2020
The Anchor Tap, 3 Potters Fields Park, SE1 | 1 minute from The Anchor Tap
Nicholas Hytner directs the world premiere of Stephen Beresford's darkly comic drama about a frequently drunk parish priest who loses control of the congregation when his ...More
 
 
 
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London Bridge City: Summer by the River
London > Events > Seasonal  Dates: 1st June to 4th September 2020
The Anchor Tap, 203 Tooley Street, SE1 | 2 minutes from The Anchor Tap
London's largest free festival, the London Bridge City's Summer by the River transforms the riverside stretch into a summer hub of live entertainment, food and drink. ...More
 
 
 
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Out of the Blue: Fifty Years of Designers Guild
London > Events > Exhibitions  Dates: 14th February to 14th June 2020 - Various Times
The Anchor Tap, 83 Bermondsey Street, SE1 | 5 minutes from The Anchor Tap
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Bridge Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
3 Potters Fields Park, Bankside, London SE1 | 1 minute from The Anchor Tap
What Nicholas Hytner did next: after 12 years as director of the National Theatre, the theatre chief is building a theatre from the ground up. Designed ... More
 
 
 
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The Scoop at More London
London > Entertainment >
The Queen's Walk Bridge City, Bankside, London SE1 | 4 minutes from The Anchor Tap
Multi-purpose sunken outdoor amphitheatre next to London Bridge and Tower Bridge, next to City Hall on the South Bank of the Thames hosting films, theatre, music, ... More
 
 
 
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The Architecture Foundation
London > Entertainment > Arts Centres
Ground Floor East, 136-148 Tooley Street, Bankside, London SE1 | 5 minutes from The Anchor Tap
Established in 1991, The Architecture Foundation is a non-profit agency for contemporary architecture whose programme of events and exhibitions promotes its core belief that architecture enriches ... More
 
 
 
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Tower Bridge Exhibition
London > Attractions > Museums
Tower Bridge, Bankside, London SE1 | 1 minute from The Anchor Tap
Competing with the London Eye for the capital's most vertiginous experience, Tower Bridge offers one of the best vantage points in the city from its ... More
 
 
 
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Tower Bridge
London > Attractions > Boats and Bridges
Tower Bridge Road, Bankside, London SE1 | 1 minute from The Anchor Tap
With its views of the Tower Of London and The Shard, Tower Bridge offers one of the best vantage points in the city from its ... More
 
 
 
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City Hall
London > Attractions > Sights
110 The Queen's Walk, Bankside, London SE1 | 3 minutes from The Anchor Tap
It may look like a pile of CDs tilted at a precarious angle so it's about to fall over, but this attractive Norman Foster building near ... More
 
 
 
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The Kiosk at Le Pont de la Tour
London > Shopping > Food and Drink Shops
36D Shad Thames, SE1 | 2 minutes from The Anchor Tap
A small store serving take away coffee, sandwiches and salads, The Kiosk is run by ... More
 
 
 
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Maltby Street Market
London > Shopping > Markets
Maltby Street, Bermondsey, Southwark, London SE1 | 5 minutes from The Anchor Tap
With Borough Market getting more and more popular, some vendors have opened up shop underneath the railway arches at nearby Maltby Street. More of an informal ... More
 
 
 
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KaseSwiss
London > Shopping > Food and Drink Shops
104 Druid Street, Southwark, London SE1 | 5 minutes from The Anchor Tap
On Saturday mornings, from 9am to 2pm, Arch 104 on Druid Street is home to KaseSwiss, who sell a great selection of Swiss cheeses, and who ... More
 
 
 
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Tom Simmons Tower Bridge
London > Restaurants > British restaurants
2 Still Walk, SE1 | 1 minute from The Anchor Tap
Taking Welsh cooking beyond the Seven Bridge, Tom Simmons, a former star of MasterChef: The Professionals, dishes up cockle popcorn, ... More
 
 
 
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Restaurant Story
London > Restaurants > British restaurants
201 Tooley Street, Bankside, London SE1 | 1 minute from The Anchor Tap
Launched in April 2013 when the Noma alumnus Tom Sellers was a youthful 25 years old, Restaurant Story was immediately dubbed "the new Dabbous" by food ... More
 
 
 
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The Coal Shed
London > Restaurants > British restaurants
Unit 3.1 One Tower Bridge, 4 Crown Square, SE1 | 2 minutes from The Anchor Tap
Named by Observer Food Monthly as one of the best places to eat in the UK, The Coal Shed in Brighton has also been recommended by ... More
 
 
 
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Mimo London
London > Education > Cookery Courses
1 Cathedral Street, Borough Market, SE1 | 13 minutes from The Anchor Tap
In a historic building next to Borough Market, husband and wife team Jon and Nicole Warren have set up the second branch of Mimo, their cookery ... More
 
 
 
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London College Of Communication
London > Education > Professional Training
Elephant & Castle, Elephant and Castle, London SE1 | 24 minutes from The Anchor Tap
From a clutch of excellent courses in London, this is the best and among the premier specialist media courses in the world. Formerly London College of ... More
 
 
 
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Workers' Educational Association
London > Education > Evening Classes
4 Luke Street, Shoreditch, London EC2A | 28 minutes from The Anchor Tap
National charity for adult learning which also runs an excellent selection of theatre, literature, history and politics evening classes.... More
 
 
 
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MoreYoga Tower Bridge
London > Leisure >
7 Horselydown Lane, SE1 | Same location as The Anchor Tap
Two years after launching its first studio in 2016 MoreYoga, which has studios across London, added this Tower Bridge space. The 14th yoga studio from the ... More
 
 
 
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Potters Fields Park
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
City Hall, 110 The Queens Walk, Bankside, London SE1 | 3 minutes from The Anchor Tap
Potters Fields Park occupies a prime spot between City Hall (from where the Mayor runs London) and Tower Bridge. The pedestrianised, grassy area on the south ... More
 
 
 
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Snowsfields Wellness
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
41 Snowsfields, SE1 | 7 minutes from The Anchor Tap
It's a relief to step into Snowsfields Wellness, with its shelves of carefully selected healthy and organic products. Unlike plenty of other places, each of the ... More
 
 
 
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London City Hall
London > Business > Venue Hire
City Hall, The Queen's Walk, Bankside, London SE1 | 3 minutes from The Anchor Tap
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Tower of London
London > Business > Venue Hire
Waterloo Block, City, London EC3N | 7 minutes from The Anchor Tap
With close to 1,000 years of royal history lurking within its highly fortified walls, a trip to the Tower of London is like traveling back to ... More
 
 
 
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Old Billingsgate
London > Business > Venue Hire
Old Billingsgate Market, 1 Old Billingsgate Walk, City, London EC3R | 9 minutes from The Anchor Tap
A magnificent 19th-century market building designed by Sir Horace Jones and entirely renovated in 1988 by acclaimed architect Richard Rogers. At the foot of the City, ... More
 
 
 
 

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The Southbury Child
The Southbury Child
Theatre | Until 27th June 2020 

Bridge Theatre 1 minute walk from The Anchor Tap

Nicholas Hytner directs the world premiere of Stephen Beresford's darkly comic drama about a frequently drunk parish priest who loses ...More

 
Illuminated River
Illuminated River
Exhibitions | Until 17th July 2029 

River Thames 2 minutes walk from The Anchor Tap

Lighting up London's main waterway, Illuminated River will be one of the longest public art projects in the world when ...More

 
London Bridge City: Summer by the River
London Bridge City: Summer by the River
Seasonal | Until 4th September 2020 

London Bridge 2 minutes walk from The Anchor Tap

London's largest free festival, the London Bridge City's Summer by the River transforms the riverside stretch into a summer hub ...More

 
Out of the Blue: Fifty Years of Designers Guild
Exhibitions | Until 14th June 2020 

Fashion and Textile Museum 5 minutes walk from The Anchor Tap

Exhibitions & Art, Design....More

The View from The Shard
The View from The Shard
Tours | Next performance 4th June 2020 

The Shard 6 minutes walk from The Anchor Tap

The View from The ShardAt almost twice the height of any other viewing platform in London, The View from The ...More

 
The View From The Shard Tickets
The View From The Shard Tickets
Attraction | Until 31st December 2022 

The Shard 6 minutes walk from The Anchor Tap

London looks like a city in miniature from The View From The Shard which at 244 metres tall is the ...More

 
Jeff Wayne's War of The Worlds, The Immersive Experience
Jeff Wayne's War of The Worlds, The Immersive Experience
Theatre | Until 30th August 2020 

The Hallmark Building 13 minutes walk from The Anchor Tap

Jeff Wayne's epic 1978 musical version of War of the Worlds has been brought to life as an immersive VR ...More

 
The Fancy Fork
The Fancy Fork
Foodie Events | Until 23rd July 2020 

Farmer J 13 minutes walk from The Anchor Tap

As the afternoon rolls into evening Israeli chef Shuli Wimer joins Farmer J in Monument to give us The Fancy ...More

 
Habeas Corpus
Theatre | Until 4th July 2020 

Menier Chocolate Factory 16 minutes walk from The Anchor Tap

Patrick Marber directs Alan Bennett's dark satire of mistaken identities and carnal encounters starring Kirsty Besterman, Jasper Britton, Matthew Cottle, ...More

The Return Of The Spirit In Painting
Exhibitions | Until 23rd August 2020 

Whitechapel Gallery 18 minutes walk from The Anchor Tap

Works by artists in a series of shows curated by Nicholas Serota after the landmark 1981 exhibition A New Spirit ...More

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