Hi- I am new to SE1 (living in Southwark near The Cut) and to London as well.
Looking for a nice pub or gastro-pub for a few drinks and possibly dinner on a saturday night with my sister....nothing too ultra-pricey though. We'd like some atmosphere but not so its so noisy you can't hear each other.
I know there are tons of reviews and threads on restaurants here, but I dont even know where to begin as being new to London, I have never heard of any of them... thanks!
Agree re the Anchor and Hope, but it can be more than a bit difficult to get in to because it doesn't take reservations (at least, it didn't last time I checked) and it's always full of tourists (by which I mean anyone who's not from round here, of course).
Slightly off topic, but The Crown on Blackfriar's Bridge Road (no connection, etc) fits your bill fairly well, but is of little use to you in this case because, like many places around here, it doesn't open at the weekend (Grrr).