This side of London is straight out of a Sherlock Holmes Mystery – yes we are talking about Southwark.

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Cobbled narrow lanes with towering gray buildings on both sides lead you to a spot etched in the history books.  The Anchor Pub is an old alehouse in existence since 1676 and has given shelter to Samuel Pepys during the Great Fire of London.  Albeit, renovated many a times over the last couple of centuries of operations, the pub is very well maintained by the owners making it a hot spot amongst many a tourist.

The exposed brick building with its low ceiling and open fireplaces gives it the old world charm that is such an inseparable part of the identity of this drinking hole. The Pub has a sit out area in front, right on the banks of the River Thames.

As you watch the Thames flow by you will see the reflection of the London Bridge, just a fraction of a distance away.  The illumination of the London Bridge coupled with the shadow of St. Paul’s near the vicinity make it a great place to hang out with your friends all night long.

You can even tuck into your favorite fish and chips from a shop almost next door to complete your British experience. The décor there is that of an old frontier with wooden benches and log tables.  And of course, they serve great food and the service is friendly.  If you are lucky, you can grab the seat next to the glass window overlooking the River Thames and London Bridge from here as well.

Anchor Pub is shown in many Hollywood flicks including “Mission Impossible” with Tom Cruise.  The ambience in and around the Anchor Pub is reticent of a forlorn era yet entwined with a touch of modernism.

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