Bermondsey station opened on 17 September 1999 as the Jubilee Line Extension edged its way into Central London and towards the existing section of the line. The platforms have the shiny metal finish seen throughout the extension. Compared to some of the other stops on the line, the station building here is a more modest rectangular box – the glass roof means it still feels light, airy and spacious.
The Pub: The Angel, 101 Bermondsey Wall East, SE16 4NB
The pub is just under 10 minutes walk from the station – head East along Jamaica Road, turning north up Cherry Garden Street until reaching Bermondsey Wall East, continue eastwards along here until you come to The Angel.
The Angel has a real history to it. Pubs have stood on the site since the 15th century, Samuel Pepys was a visitor to one of its earlier incarnations – the current building dates from the early 19th Century. If you’re into your art, Turner painted The Fighting Temeraire from the Angel’s upstairs room. I don’t blame him because the pub has excellent views of the River looking towards Central London – there is a small outside seating area on the ground floor which is where I took my photo from.
It’s a Sam Smiths pub, so that means cheap drinks and ales from their own brewery only so this includes their best and sovereign bitter. I went for the Sovereign and found it to be a solid bitter. They also do food, again reasonably priced and most under £10. I didn’t eat on the day I did the review but on my visit earlier this year I had a very nice fish finger sandwich with cheesy chips – again, my classy tastes coming through.
Its got a traditional interior with old school lights and curtains, as well as a sturdy stone floor. There was also a real fire on the go on our visit. The front room is divided into two sections with a small door that most people would have to duck to go through. If you don’t fancy doing the limbo, its probably easier to go out the pub and come back again. As I said earlier, their is an upstairs room which has fantastic views of the River Thames. Sam Smiths pubs don’t play any music so this is the place for you if you want a quiet drink without any distractions, well bar the view!
The walls have old pictures of the local area as well as paintings/drawings of London bridges, including a nice one of the old Hammersmith Bridge. I also liked the photo of a Vicar blessing the beer. The pub was quite quiet on the Thursday evening we popped by, there were a few tourists here but I suspect it might be slightly off the beaten track for most of them.
In my opinion, The Angel is the pub with the best riverside view in London that I’ve visited. Combine that with the agreeable Sam Smiths prices, it’s definitely worth a visit! Make the short journey on from London Bridge and give it a go!
(The pub has no website)