The Anthologist

3.9
545 reviews
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£25 and under
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British
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  • Business Meals
  • Lunch
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
Situated on London’s Gresham Street, close to the Museum of London, The Anthologist bar and deli restaurant provides the ideal antidote to the stresses and noise of the city. Boasting a thoroughly modern design in an airy loft space, complete with exposed ducting, high stools and long canteen style tables, low hanging industrial inspired lighting, pressed tin ceilings and curved wood bar, The Anthologist is eclectic and quirky without an ounce of pretentiousness. Unashamed in its claim to ‘have it all’, here at The Anthologist your every wish is granted – ranging from a perfectly brewed morning coffee to a deli-fresh quick-fire lunch, from a hand-blended almost healthy cocktail to a delish dinner at the Chef’s Table. Wherever possible, The Anthologist works alongside local suppliers and artisans to offers guests the highest quality meals, wines and drinks. The menus provide a taste of the traditional on sharing boards and home-baked breads as well as gourmet twists.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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British
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Hours of Operation
Monday to Friday 8am to 10pm
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0845 468 0101
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AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Bank Tube Station
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Chef's Table, Dancing, Non-Smoking, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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YT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had a very fun Friday night celebrating my birthday. My only negative would be the noise level - we were sat in the restaurant side and it was so loud you had to shout to have a conversation.

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PR
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Nice lunch from a simple menu
Salad could have been bigger and had a better dressing
It was busy and so the service was ok but not attentive
Friendly atmosphere

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FM
London
5 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

It was a very busy lunchtime so I tried to be patient, but it took really long to get anyone's attention so that we could order (I had a reservation and we were seated and given menus right away). When we were finally able to order, the waiter recommended that we get some nibbles because the kitchen was very busy and our food would take longer than normal. The food once it came was great, but when finished we again had a long wait to get our bill.

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LR
Kent
106 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Business brunch - they weren't massively busy but service was a little slow to begin with nonetheless. When food arrived though it was excellent.

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PS
Buckinghamshire
30 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Local to our office and has been good for breakfast, morning coffee and lunches. Good service and good food

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OT
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and the service was great from the moment we walked through the door!

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S
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great for breakfast - lovely food. Just right for a quick conversation

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AW
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 April 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food was ok-ish, service spotty.

Ordered an omelette with cheese and mushroom, waited a long time then received one with cheese and ham. Tried to attract waiter's attention to change it but nobody noticed me so in the end got up and went to find waiter myself.
Asked for a peppermint tea, that took ages as well.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really accommodating. Food was great.

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t
London
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2018
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 1

Unfortunately I got there to find my table had been double booked and the people who where sitting there really didnt want to give it up. So I ended up not actually eating there. I also didn't realise that it is a club night on a friday, (I guess i must have missed the memo on that one) It was extremely loud so me and my party of 5 left hungry and went to find somewhere else we could eat and have a conversation. Its a real shame because im sure the food is delicious.

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N
London
19 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

The service was awful. Too few staff looking after too many people in at the busiest time. The waitress didn’t know whether she was coming or going but she / we was / were saved by her colleague. We didn’t get served drinks for 15 minutes (and then I had to ask someone), then it became even more shambolic. Food way too salty (and I like salty food) and an embarrassing business lunch.

A shame as it used to be excellent in all respects.

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OT
London
34 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Again, delicious food and customer service was very good.

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Kent
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Left before eating. Might as well have gone to eat in middle of a Club. Blaring music!

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JJ
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Ok experience

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

I've been to the Anthologist before and it is one of my favourite places in the City.
The staff (host) at the door are always nice and welcoming. However, last week the waiter and the service provided were not as great as they should be.
We ordered 3 glasses of Prosecco, they brought only 1- so we had to wait for the next 2.
The 3 of us ordered steaks and had to wait almost 1 hour, when the waitress came one of he steaks was Rib- eye, and my friend ordered Sirloin. The waitress then realised that she placed the wrong order. I know everyone makes mistakes, and my friend was happy to eat the Sirloin but I think for a well- known place like the Anthologist- this should not be happening. At the end of the day, that's what she is supposed to do- take orders correctly.
Overall, the food and the environment were great as usual!

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OT
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2017
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Booked this restaurant as they were advertising a choice of two set menus, on arrival we were told that the set menus were no longer available despite me saying that we were booking because we wanted the set menu in my booking email. Food was ok, nothing special. The service was really slow, asked to order our food before our drinks order had been taken and drinks were slow to arrive. This would be ok if we had all ordered complicated cocktails but 3 cokes, two pints and two glasses of red isn’t complicated. Round two of drinks also took along time to come and we weren’t even offered desserts. It wasn’t very busy so we couldn’t understand the slow service. This is definitely more of an after work drinks and nibbles kinda place rather than to go specifically for lunch or dinner.

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D
Kent
5 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food but service was slow, but it was very busy to be fair.

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A
Essex
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I booked a table through you but got a call the next day after making all my arrangements to say actually the restaurant couldn't accommodate our booking as they were fully booked. Why advertise the availability if there isn't any?

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2017
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

It's by far not the first time I've eaten at the Anthologist and there is a reason why I tend to go back, normally the standard of service is quite good and the food has always been pretty good quality. However, we were having a team breakfast, when it seemed like the service at the Anthologist was failing on all levels.

We had a party of about 12 sat at a long table right next to another similar size party. The other table made their orders ahead of ours and the waiters kept bringing us the food and drinks that weren't ours. As funny as it was the first couple of times, it became very predictable pretty quickly.

Someone from our group ordered porridge, which I think in fairness wasn't on the menu. Then he ordered blueberry pancakes, that were. A few minutes after the waiter had taken the orders they came back to say they hadn't prepared the dough for pancakes that morning yet so they couldn't fill the order. That was around 9!

Another one of us ordered a bacon sandwich, making a point that it needed to be without butter (due to their lactose intolerance). The sandwich came with butter on the side as well as on bread. It had to be sent back.

Whilst we were waiting for our orders to arrive, the waiter came back to our table a few times to reconfirm that he made sure he understood certain orders correctly, however in the end they still managed to mess up a number of orders.

I have to say, although our group was generally dissatisfied with the quality of service that was offered that morning, I still maintain that the Anthologist is not a bad venue for large group breakfasts and lunches with reasonable quality of food.

Despite the whole incident, I would still recommend the Anthologist and go again myself (for food - not drinks on a Friday night)

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F
London
48 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

Great location close to Bank. A bit too drafty near the door - they need a lobby . Food was very good and promptly served by pleasant staff. no hesitation in recommending.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2017
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

In hindsight I wish that when I mentioned during booking that my group contained some elderly people I’d been warned about the large number of Christmas parties and loud music that will be at this place. It was definitely not an enjoyable experience for my grandfather and his wife due to noise levels. The food was fine. The service was satisfactory but not outstanding. I don’t think I’d go here again.

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r
Palm Springs
47 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely service, good food in the heart of the City. Jolly ambience and buzzy!

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JJ
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The tables by the window (raised area) are the best.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2017
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Great service - food good. £17 for a wagyu burger . Should know better. General burger quality in London through the roof these days.

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NK
2 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was really good and it had a really nice weekday after work vibe.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Great atmosphere, great menu selection from tasty seafood light dishes to real ale pie and beautiful mash. We went for a business lunch but it looks like it would be great fun at night and the outdoor seating is really well done.

Service was good but I think we were at the tail end of lunch so not too many staff available. Imagine that to be very different at peak hours. The staff none-the-less were really friendly and delivered good service.

Lovely, quirky restaurant. Great vibe, fun, and damned decent food.

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OT
London
34 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious food and excellent service.

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A
London
32 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Good location and nice bar. Food is well prepared and tasty!

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OT
London
11 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good venue

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TF
London
15 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Cocktails and starters were very tasty but general consensus from all 10 of the group was that main courses were rather average.
Service was pretty good and ambience only slightly disrupted by the overly loud music.

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d
London
26 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2017
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Good vibe, typical of a City location. It's a huge venue, but always busy, and atmospheric. Like the contemporary decor, and lighting. Food is good, not exceptional, and reasonable value for this sort of place. A good selection of beers and cocktails are available. Overall, I'd recommend this place for casual dining, and a good after work venue.

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San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Been here twice as part of large team Breakfast outings at work. Definitely appreciate that you can make reservations for 10+ people here and the food comes out really consistently for everyone. Good variety and food is solid.

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WM
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The food was good. The waiter was fantastic. It was particularly noisy as it was a Friday night. I didn’t like the fact that people who had come for a drink, and were not eating, were standing around the tables. If you want to have a conversation, don’t have a table anywhere near the bar as the music is very loud. We, luckily, got moved further away, as we couldn’t hear each other’s conversation.

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LK
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great for business meal, good ambiance and food too

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S
London
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, great food, great service! My second visit, and there will definitely be a third and more!

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S
London
6 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2017
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Great food as usual! Service could be more attentive

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b
London
189 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Anthologist, City - Always busy and sometimes at it's peak the noise from the Bar drowns out the dining experience. Food is nice, quickly prepared and nice selection of wines on the menu. The only thing I would say is some of the mains don't come with sides i.e Half Roast Chicken is just as it says on the menu - I mostly expect something such as a small salad, chips or veg etc - obviously you can buy additional Sides on top.

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A
London
69 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

All of the Drake pubs are nice places to dine. The aesthetics are very easy on the eye and the ambience is casual and relaxed. We always book early to beat the lunch time crowds. The menu is good and offers something for everyone. It is slightly disappointing to see the same menu at all Drake pubs. The food however was delicious, and the service was good. It's a bit on the pricy side for what it is, but to be expected in the City.

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AP
London
3 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was good and ambience spot on for an after work metro establishment

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OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a really great meal and evening with friends. Very good service, delicious food, and easy to access. Great location minutes from Bank station. A grewt atmosphere.

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