This iconic riverside pub is steeped in history. George 1st was King of England and Louis XV was on the Throne of France when The Blue Anchor was first granted its licence. However, records show The ‘Blew Anchor’ had been selling beer for many decades before that…
To give you an idea of just how old The Blue Anchor is, we celebrated our first 50 years as a licensed pub when The American Declaration of Independence had yet to be signed, Captain Cook had only just found his way to Australia and the French revolution was still some twenty years away! The Blue Anchor is in the original village of Hammer Smith, first mentioned in 1294 which was built along the foreshore on either side of Hamersmythstrete, now known as Queen Caroline Street, just under the bridge.
The Blue Anchor is one of the great London pubs. First licenced as a pub in 1722 and still going strong almost 300 years later. As you sit on the banks of the River Thames, it’s not hard to imagine a Georgian gentleman sipping on a tankard of ale and watching the eddies of the river flowing into the bustle of central.
If you have the feeling that you may have seen the Blue Anchor before, you may well recognise the pub from 1998 classic movie, Sliding Doors staring Gwyneth Paltrow. The Blue Anchor is also a famously popular spot to watch The Boat Race with the perfect riverside view.
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