Sunday 1 March 2009 1.09am
Well, as someone who has been visiting this pub for very many years, I have to say that once you are inside, it no longer feels like and old London pub or a historic building: you could be anywhere.
I have no desire to burst your bubble Suzanne, perhaps as a younger person your perception of "an old London pub" differs from an older Londoner's, mine for example.
If the brewery was originally trying to recreate a "spit and sawdust" place of Victorian times then they failed miserably. The place has never been anything but a tourist trap, tricked out to resemble a Hollywood version of where Londoners would go for a pot of ale to escape the fog.
In addition I have to say that The Anchor as it was prior to it's renovation, bore as much similarity to a "local" of the late 50's to the early 60's as More London does to the Tower of London.
As for the unpleasantness that you witnessed, that unfortunately comes under the heading of progress.
In the past, a "guvnor", dependant on keeping the locals happy in order to run a successful business would never had stood for that, but someone employed as a manager, working for a wage in a pub , probably staffed by foreign nationals on a minimum wage who not unreasonably have no desire to take a chance of getting punched or worse will just turn a blind eye.