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The Anchor Tap

23 Horsleydown Road, Bermondsey, SE1
Tel: (0) 171 407 1577
Tube: London Bridge

The Anchor Tap is situated in the Tower Bridge Conservation Area. On the south side of the Thames, it's barely 100 yards from an excellent view of this 'stone clad' bascule bridge. The pubs fish and chips are superb; there's outdoor seating and plenty of dark English oak inside this late 18th Century dock workers pub. Up until a few years ago the walls were adorned by old postcards of London town, although these have gone, the pub remains a Wharfland treasure.

Brewing in Southwark is mentioned by the poet Geoffrey Chaucer and in Horselydown by Shakespeare. The area being the gateway to London for hops coming up from Kent. The former Hop Exchange still stands in Borough High Street, alongside the ornate offices of long forgotten hop merchants.

In December 1787, the Aberdonian John Courage purchased a small brewhouse close by the present pub. The Anchor Brewhouse provided a room for the celebrated Dr. Samuel Johnson while he was compiling his English dictionary.



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