Blue Anchor

Bars and pubs Hammersmith
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Venue says In prime position on the banks of the river Thames in Hammersmith, The Blue Anchor is always warm and welcoming

There's a fair bit of history to this riverside pub and kitchen in Hammersmith - it was first licensed back in 1772. Today it's a family-run venue, with its expansive views of the river and Hammersmith Bridge making it a west London draw, especially when sunny days hit. 

There's variety to the food menu. Dishes range from mussels, fillets of sea bass and wild mushroom tagliatelle to sausage and mash, steak and Guinness pies, burgers, salad niçoise and smoked salmon carpaccio with soft-boiled quail eggs, goat's cheese, capers and caviar. Sunday roasts are available each week, too. 

Each of the bottles on the wine list is available by three different glass sizes. Two bottles of Champagne and a bottle of prosecco also feature.  

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The Blue Anchor is an historic riverside pub on the River Thames by Hammersmith Bridge, serving local ales, premium lagers, world wines and seasonal British food.

In prime position on the banks of the river Thames in Hammersmith, The Blue Anchor is always warm and welcoming. It’s a home away from home whether you’re after a riverside drink in the sunshine or a warming glass of Malbec by an open fire.

Just a short walk from Hammersmith Bridge, The Blue Anchor was first licensed in 1722 and is still a true locals pubs some 300 years later. Downstairs is traditional, wood panelled 17th century pub, while upstairs you’ll find the beautifully refurbished ‘River Room’, with incredible views of the river.
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Venue name: Blue Anchor
Address: 13 Lower Mall
W6 9DJ
Transport: Tube: Hammersmith tube
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This has been a favourite of mine for many many years (I'll let you in on a secret...I used to work behind the bar here when I was 4 years old and my family ran the pub!). This little fact makes me even more critical of it as we sold it on 10 years ago....however I still come back here whenever I can! It's been refurbished since the days we ran it but it still maintains its charm and has arguably one of the best spots in London for a drink on a lovely summer's day.

The food's also great and the upstairs room is one of my favourite for functions (I've used it for my 18th, 30th, Hen Party and Going Away Parties!).

Pop down in the summer for a drink by the river or in the winter and grab yourself a spot by the fireplace.


As Londoners we all go a little delirious at the prospect of a hot summers day, this is the perfect spot to catch uninterrupted sunshine and watch the sunset over the Thames. Located on the Northside of the Thames by Hammersmith bridge there is ample tables and benches outside, or prop up on the River wall and take in the rowers.

It has the best views of the river in London entire. I have taken pics and made this spot a focus of attention on Trip Advisor

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Great place by the river to while away a few hours, scarily difficult to leave once the sun is shining.


In several ways this is just your average pub. Food and drink is of reasonable quality and is also reasonably priced. Staff are friendly and competent and the room above can be booked out for private events. It's location is definitely it's biggest selling point being sat by the river. The outside tables get very busy on a sunny summer day and with a small park (Furnivall Gardens) close by, the sun attracts the crowds in droves. If you can brave the cold, the views are just as pretty on a clear winter evening, partly thanks to the iconic Hammersmith Bridge. Try and avoid being there at low tide as the river bed can sometimes have quite an odour. 

This is a totally brilliant place to be on a sunny day. There are tables outside right on the river so the view is amazing. Food is OK but you go for the view and the atmosphere. It gets really busy in the summer particularly at weekends but worth going and being part of the buzz and feeling slightly smug if you actually get a table!

I used to live Hammersmith and this pub was my favorite. The area is really calm, by the river. It's very nice specially on Sundays. And if you don't live in the area, it's just five minutes away from the tube.

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Great views on the River Thames. A great location to enjoy drinks with friends.

Great pub grub with massive portions, several real ales, right on the Thames and full of history and charm. Ticks all the boxes!