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This enormous and ambitious undertaking comprises a pair of cocktail lounges, restaurant, bar, suitably rustic deli and wine shop in a vast space that resembles a more edgy, metropolitan All Bar One.

While there’s the clichéd wine cellar theme, some of the more ‘daring’ design touches include bell-jar lamps dangling from curtain rails, a 1950s kitchen and lots of large, loud orange tables.

City boys and girls (all in suits) are seduced by the large list of champagnes, or dabble in the ‘wine flights’ (actually three standard measures of 125ml). Cocktails are segregated into either ‘skinny’ – the Russian Rose Martini weighs in at 80 calories – or ‘signature’ sections.

Starting at 8am serving big breakfasts and brunch, the open-plan kitchen offers burgers, fish pies and sharing platters, including a seafood option of oysters, lobster and clams served in a bank deposit box.


Venue name: Anthologist
Address: 58 Gresham St
Opening hours: 8am-11pm Mon-Wed; 8am-2am Thur-Fri
Transport: Tube: St Paul's tube or Bank tube/DLR
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Could have been a 4* review buttttt ... I'm still getting over the creme brûlée; it didn't crack at the top and the gravy on the lamb special was way too much for me ... I ate: The scotch egg starter, pretty yum! Was a favourite of mine. I sampled the fried prawns - fancy display but oily. Main, I had intended on picking the rib eye steak but was advised on the weeks special. With lamb on the menu I couldn't say no. Fulfilling as a main as it came with a potato gratin, my only disappointment was it was pretty much smothered in what appeared to be bisto gravy. The lamb itself was really lovely. Pictured: the trio of chips ... save yourself the carbs and just opt for the sweet potato ones, defo the nicest of the three. The creme brûlée had a pudding like consistency and didn't have the top layer you would normally expect. Wasn't all bad as I happily finished it but it could have been better. P.s the butter broccoli is AMAZING by the way!

Chloe Q

Delicious food - especially the pan fried cod and prawn lollipops! Great cocktails, lovely staff, beautiful decor. I'll be going back!

Sammie K

Terrible tasteless food. So so service. Don't come here for a nice meal only a drink and vibe. Avoid the salty and oily onion rings- gross! 

Jenni H

I love the vibe of the Anthologist. Great, cool decor, good music and a fab space. I went recently for early drinks, about 5-8pm midweek. Luckily I'd booked a space for my group, as by the time it got to 6:30/7pm the bar was getting really packed - which is no surprise given its proximity to the city. The wine was good, a little overpriced, but that is expected of the location. Overall, a lovely bar for a few early drinks.

Ed. T

An extremely popular bar for local workers, I end up at the Anthologist far more often than I'd prefer. Ultimately, it's a flashy bar with expensive drinks (even for the city), and given the huge crowds that turn up here, often includes a lengthy wait in the queue until you're served. 

Definitely not a venue I'd pick to go to unless others were keen, and there are plenty more bars in the City that are better value and easier to talk to friends in! 

Staff WriterStaff Comp

Great place to meet after work, friendly team and a relaxed vibe

Rob Smith

If you're looking for a bar lacking in character and personality, come here. It's pretentious, utterly so. In attempting to be a wine and cocktail bar it fails miserably. Try drinking at any of the vastly superior pubs which lie within comfortable walking distance.


Decent enough vibe but the drinks are poorly thrown together by disinterested staff.


Don't go there for a lunch or a dinner. All of the food order by a table of 4 was dry and tasteless. But it provides a classy atmosphere for couple of drinks after work.