Between the [node:120838] and historic Smithfield Market, the Fox & Anchor is an easy walk to both the Museum of London and St Paul’s Cathedral… and just a stagger from superclub Fabric. Farringdon and Barbican tube stations are both close by.
You ‘check in’, or rather collect your key, from the pub counter. To the left of the pub front, a pretty mosaic floor marks the door upstairs to rooms that are spacious, luxurious and cleverly decorated: blown-up black-and-white photos of London scenes, ‘Nursing Hangover’ or ‘Gone to the Pub’ signs to hang on the doorknob if you don’t want to be disturbed, rainforest showers and clawfoot baths, bottle of British beer in the minibar. There’s free Wi-Fi and flatscreen plasmas, as well as decent sound systems. The pub is right by historic Smithfield Market, so I wasn’t surprised to get woken by deliveries in the morning - the big double bed was so comfy I just nodded straight off again. There’s no lift, so stairs might be a problem for some.
Eating and drinking
The pub is a great, reconstructed market boozer, serving fine ale in proper pint pots and hearty, traditional food on butchers’ blocks under dark wood panels. But the surrounding area is one of London’s foodiest, so you’re genuinely spoilt for choice.
After picking up my key from the pub, I was entirely left to my own devices - which suited me fine. Breakfast was served, brisk and cheerful, in the pub next morning.
Who stays there
Business folk bored of identikit rooms during the week, bargain-conscious leisure travellers at weekends.
In common with almost every hotel in and around the City, the best bargains are to be had at weekends.
- Culture vultures
Pros & Cons
- Big rooms with all mod cons
- Fine, traditional pub
- Lovely bathrooms
- Some morning noise
- No lobby/reception