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With a great location by Smithfield Market in the City of London, the Fox and Anchor is very much a traditional historic pub downstairs, but the six swish boutique bedrooms and suite upstairs are colourful and contemporary. Offering good quality meals in its lovely Dickensian-style bar, it's just a short walk to Barbican and Farringdon tube stations.

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Being just five minutes from Barbican and Farringdon tube stations, much of London is just a short underground journey away from the Fox and Anchor. Although in the heart of the city, it is tucked down a side street and away from the hustle and bustle. There are boutique coffee shops and restaurants aplenty nearby, as well as the Museum of London and St Paul's Cathedral.

By car: the hotel is 4 hours from Manchester and under 3 hours from Bristol.

By train: Farringdon station is 3 minutes' walk away. Liverpool Street station is a 15-minute taxi ride. Book trains to London.

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This Victorian building retains lots of characterful detailing, such as Art Nouveau tiling on the façade. The bar is something out of a Dickens novel, with low beams, wooden panelling, leather-clad benches, romantic little alcoves, antique furniture, and candlelight. The bedrooms are very different, being much on trend, with colourful, bright furnishings, and funky touches like bold wallpapers, contemporary artworks and antique telephones.


The friendly staff and buzzing atmosphere - local market traders and stockbrokers frequent the pub and add diversity to an international crowd that visit - make a stay here a real pleasure. All facilities are attractive and well maintained, letting you sit back, relax and enjoy the ambience.

  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Pet-friendly
  • Free Wi-Fi


The six comfortable boutique bedrooms come with the luxury of modern technology, coupled with quirky and traditional decor. They boast Hypnos beds, flat-screen TVs with Sky+, a Nespresso coffee machine, a laptop-sized safe, a writing desk and bathrooms with out-of-the-ordinary fittings and Green and Spring toiletries.

Room types: Room, Suite

Key amenities: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, hairdryer, Nespresso machine, TV with Sky+, free Wi-Fi


The breakfasts are hearty, and the brave can go for the Fox's City Breakfast, a huge and tasty spread that includes the usual full English plus liver, kidney, both black and white puddings, steak and a pint of Guinness. The menu includes steaks, burgers, fish and chips and vegetarian options throughout the day and Sunday roasts.

The Fox & Anchor: traditional British pub. Hearty fare, locally sourced ingredients. All-day menu, open daily. Mains from £17.

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