The Blue Anchor
The Blue Anchor

The Blue Anchor is a pub at 13 Lower Mall, Hammersmith, London, that dates from 1722.

The pub was first licensed on 9 June 1722 to a Mr. John Savery.[1][2] It was originally called the Blew Anchor and Washhouses, but they gave up washing at some point.[3]

On 7 January 1789, a whole sheep, bought for sixteen shillings, was roasted outside.[4]

In the Victorian era, various partitions were added to the interior, but they have been removed. There is a "rather sombre" collection of artefacts from the First World War.[3]

The pub featured in the Gwyneth Paltrow 1998 movie Sliding Doors, where her character is seen dancing with John Hannah's and others after a boat race.

Gustav Holst was a frequent visitor, and composed his Hammersmith Suite there.[5]

The Blue Anchor is owned by the Bermuda-based Property Trust Group.[6]


  1. ^ "The Blue Anchor, Hammersmith". jeseaward. Retrieved 10 February 2016.
  2. ^ "About The Blue Anchor". blueanchorlondon. Retrieved 10 February 2016.
  3. ^ a b Edward Sullivan (1 January 2000). Evening Standard London Pub Bar Guide 1999 S S Int. Simon and Schuster. p. 27. ISBN 978-0-684-86840-0. Retrieved 10 February 2016.
  4. ^ Thomas Faulkner (1839). The history and antiquities of the parish of Hammersmith: interspersed with biographical notices of illustrious and eminent persons, who have been born, or who have resided in the parish, during the three preceding centuries. Nichols & Son. p. 28. Retrieved 10 February 2016.
  5. ^ Mary Christison Huismann (26 April 2011). Gustav Holst: A Research and Information Guide. Routledge. p. 73. ISBN 978-1-135-84527-8. Retrieved 10 February 2016.
  6. ^ "Our Portfolio". PTG. Retrieved 10 February 2016.

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