Simpson's In The Strand

4.6
4397 reviews
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£41 and over
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British
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  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Authentic
Simpson's is one of the few London restaurants offering only the finest quality British ingredients cooked to perfection in classic British style. The restaurant's speciality is Scottish beef on the bone that has been aged for 28 days for maximum flavour. The beef is carved at guests' tables from antique silver-domed trolleys, which is a practice that began over 150 years ago and for which Simpson's is world-renowned. Other Simpson’s signature dishes include classics such as potted shrimps, roast saddle of lamb and steak and kidney pie.

Guests can also enjoy classic cocktails in Knight’s Bar, an art deco cocktail lounge located on the first floor. It is the perfect place to enjoy either a pre-dinner cocktail or after-dinner aperitif.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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British
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Hours of Operation
Monday-Friday Lunch: 12.00pm-2.30pm
Monday-Friday Dinner: 5.00pm-11.00pm
Saturday: 12.00pm-11.00pm
Sunday: 12.00pm-8.00pm
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Phone number
020 7420 2111
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AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
William Hemming
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Cross Street
Exeter
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Banquet, Full Bar, Private Room, Wheelchair Access
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K
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful meal and service. Loved everything about the place, everyone was so friendly and efficient and the meal was perfectly prepared - the beef Wellington was the star for us.

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CM
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Went to Simpson’s for my birthday - had the roast beef dinner which was amazing - nice bar upstairs with a good choice of drinks - felt very comfortable and not a pretentious place to visit

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DT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to Simpson's many times and it never fails to deliver an excellent dining experience. The food was excellent as always and the ambience and service were fantastic.

A special thanks to our waiter, Roy, for ensuring everything went smoothly and his very discreet personal rendition of "Happy Birthday" to my wife on her 50th birthday. A special moment that she thoroughly enjoyed. Thank you.

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DM
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 2service 5ambience 5

Great setting but food was disappointing. Known for its carvery, the beef was dry, the veg poor, the Yorkshire pudding was dried up. The gravy was thick and tasted as if it came out of a packet.
The staff were great and the wine is very good quality

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DV
Vancouver
34 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simpson’s in the Strand is a “bucket list” destination. It is everything that its reputation states — elegant, traditional, history and quality. It was sublime.

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JT
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Have been dining here every visit to London since 1972, with last visit 2013. The British food experience is still marvellous, but this time the service, while fine, was impersonal. Previously the waiter talked about the history if there was a new diner in the party, the carver brought is trolley to each diner and served them directly. Now he stands far away and slices the beef onto a plate held by a waiter. Savoy Group efficiency, but when you have experienced earlier service, it is not the same. I won’t be back.

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BB
London
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simpson's in the strand was an absolute delight and you will never have tasted beef like it. The only negative was my wife's scallops started. The scallop was delicious but the crumb coating tasted like and had the texture of sand. They would of been better simply pain fried in butter. This small critique wasn't enough to overshadow our amazing experience overall!

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AS
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food with the best service! I went for my daughter's birthday treat and they treated her so well. It gave her an experience to remember.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best roast in london service impeccable pure class loved it

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P
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sunday lunch, the best ever. We really loved Simpsons from the moment we arrived you could feel the ambience, great setting made for a king , except I'm not . English brut to start very tasty, then a tio pepe whilst we browsed the menu , mind we'd already done that online, more browsing was required . We both had roast from the trolley carved at the table , the tenderest beef ever, lovely roast potatoes crispy on the outside and fluffy centres , perfectly cooked Savoy cabbage as was the large Yorkshire pudding and perfectly made gravy so that when I was offered more I took up on it plus lovely coarse horseradish. The food all in all was amazing we complimented our baked Alaska with dessert wine and had a lovely bottle of South African Cinsaur Sauvignon . The service was impeccable as it should be , topped off with background pianist . It's not cheap,but then it is the Savoy, somewhere to come for special occasions and I can assure you I'll be back sooner rather than later .

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W
London
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything was of the quality we had hoped for. The service was exceptional. I heartily recommend a visit.

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JG
London
6 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Dining at Simpson's is a truly remarkable experience. The service is beyond reproach - almost anticipatory. The food is beautifully presented and there's plenty of it. The ambience is delightful in a splendid dining room. Not for the first time we noticed that the diners represented all ages capable of holding a knife and fork. The only issue for us, and I really hope it was only us, was a sharp tongued receptionist. This hasn't happened before and I'm pretty sure it's not going to happen again. Despite this, we're already looking forward to going back. Just one bit of advice - have a light lunch only if dining there.

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AJ
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We chose Simpson’s to celebrate our birthdays. We invited 2 others to join us. This is a restaurant that I would describe as typical Victorian London — wood paneling and intimate. The menu was reminiscent of well prepared upper end foods of mid-century. Each of us asked for meals that met our every expectation. The beef was perfectly prepared as was the fish. The staff was attentive without being intrusive. We stayed for 3 hours. It was expensive but given the occasion, it was worth every penny. We were visiting London and this restaurant reminded us of premier tradional restaurants in Boston and NYC. We would return without reservation for a special occasion.

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JS
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The best beef you will ever taste in a London restaurant.

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CC
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here with my husband for a birthday meal. Food was excellent, staff were courteous and attentive, perfect for special occasions. Cannot wait for my next visit!

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p
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Nice experience the staff made it, the tables are a bit close for the staff to get around at times, but an enjoyable experience over all.

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MH
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First, We can listen to good arrangement jazz from nice pianist.
And We ate Oister. It’s very sweet.
They have many different wine. You can find best it.
Of course Rostbeef is perfect.
They have Lam and beef.
I recommendation If you will be go there with someone, should be order both and share.

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AC
London
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a lovely occasion sharing a meal with family which has been a tradition for us that spans 50 years and three generations. The entire experience was serene, delicious and festive. The updated decor was refreshed yet lost none of the charm that we enjoy so much from Simpson’s in the Strand. We will certainly return again and again for this true English experience. Many Thanks.

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d
London
11 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been worried lately about this ancient gem, one of the first places I visited in London when I came as a tourist in the last century: so much cultural destruction happening these days, it seems. However, I needn't have done so. The old gentleman, Simpson's-on-the-Strand, is being reverently cared for by The Savoy Hotel, its neighbour and current owner. Although my friend and I enjoyed all aspects of our dinner experience there on Thursday, the table service of Roy and the rest of the wait staff was particularly remarkable. My friend was delayed an hour--his bad time, no fault of Simpson's!--but the hour passed more quickly because Roy thought to offer me the newspaper of my choice. Furthermore, that my friend arrived so late, I thought it might have been necessary to change tables, but Roy was able to arrange things so we stayed where we were. One isn't treated so thoughtfully by one's own family these days!

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MB
London
12 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've eaten at Simpson's many time over the years and came here first through reading about it in the Sherlock Holmes stories, where, more than once after a case, Holmes and Watson dine at Simpson's. This venerable institution, now owned by the Savoy, boasts its original, beautiful dark paneling, and while recently refurbished, retains its elegant nineteenth-century vibe. The roast beef, sliced for you from a grand, rolling serving cart is out of this world. Others in my party enjoyed the fish and chips, and steak. Everyone had a cocktail, and mine, the "fig" was delicious. People loved the food . I had port and cheese after, but the chocolate dessert ordered by one person in our party was deemed "top notch". Highly, highly recommended. Not cheap, but they do deliver the quality you hope for. Excellent service as well.

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G
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my mother here for dinner on our first night in London as a surprise. Unknowingly, my mother loves this place since my father took her here 20-something years ago. The roast beef and yorkshire was amazing. Took me back to when my nan used to make it. My mother loved her fish. Our server Roy (?) was extremely nice, knowledgable and attentive. Will try to get back there some day.

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IK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great find for business meeting! Beef Wellington was fantastic

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V
London
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Un vero tempio per la carne inglese!!! Location very British, il carrello con beef o lamb.... indimenticabile

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A
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

We were very disappointed with the level of service we received. The wine steward showed up after the waiter had made wine recommendations. Our main course was served and our bottle of red wine remained unopened on the table without any taste of the wine being offered for approval. After we began eating our dinner, the wine steward returned and poured a sample for approval, by this time we were well into eating our dinner. It seemed as though the waiters weren't in sync which caused for much confusion during the evening. After our main course, we were offered dessert & coffee but decided not to order. The waiter then proceeded to scrape the dinner plates right in front of us. On picking up the sauce boat he made no effort to cover up the sauce that he had spilt. It took a long time to find a waiter to bring us the bill, in fact, most of the waiters seemed to have disappeared. We had booked our table well in advance as we were visiting from Canada & felt that our dining experience left much to be desired.

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l
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came with some friends who had never been before, they had a great time. The food was really great and the service was amazing would definitely recommend this restaurant for a great Sunday lunch or dinner.

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C
London
5 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place, perfect for our regular Boys Reunion!

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F
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There is a reason it has been around nearly 200 years. Simpson's is a classic in every way. Yes, it's a bit costly, but its understated elegance and superb food, along with the excellent service, make it all worthwhile. That's why we're going back tonight.

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RB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, a wonderful experience enhanced by excellent staff and fine wines. The signature dish of roast beef brought out on trolley & carved at the table is very hard to beat!

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MC
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

I've longed to go to Simpsons and was hoping for a quintessential dining experience, however we was greated by stiff eastern european cold glances, we were ushered into a booth which was tight for 5 men. the Oysters were average and the scallops were poor and unseasoned, the wine wasn't flowing or they were understaffed, when we asked for a gin and tonic we was told that we wasn't going to be offered anymore alcohol on the basis of noise when were sat next to a bunch of cheering Japanese birthday party clowns. not worth the hassle for roast beef however good it was meant to be.

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S
London
10 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Beautiful room, very traditional and some lovely seasonal dishes.

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DM
London
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food, brilliant service, friendly staff, great setting; everything was perfect

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MB
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This restaurant has its' own place in the history of famous London eating houses and never fails to deliver. The fresh oysters for starter were just perfect, so fresh I was transported to the depths of the beautiful briny! We both had the roast beef which was absolutely perfect and so tender. Service was top class and the Sommelier polite and informative - we selected a superb Argentinian Malbec.

Marked the food down one star which is slightly harsh but the roast potatoes were too dry and smooth and hadn't been roasted in duck or goose fat which I prefer - need to have crispy bits on the outside too.

Too full for pud or cheese!

Nevertheless, superb traditional English cuisine - read up about the chess connection too!! Enjoy.

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m
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simpsons is Simply the best for traditional English food in the this fine establishment with excellent service i have been there many times i just wished i lived closer

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PT
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Having seen the magazine article about the carver at Simpson's, it was a great experience to actual see him at his craft. The roast beef was outstanding, as was the rest of the meal. If you want a true London experience, this is the place you must go to.

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m
London
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

The portion sizes have been cut in half and the service is average. Doesn’t warrant it’s expensive price tag

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JW
Leicestershire
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding in every respect. The only place to eat proper English roast beef & Yorkshire pudding. Nowhere else compares. Slightly on the expensive side but thoroughly enjoyed every minute

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c
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just a great experience of fine dining UK style. Traditional food, good service and a very pleasant venue. Really a good time for a special occasion.

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ES
London
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely food. Traditional English fare. Quite pricey but well worth it for experience

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OT
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is a sure bet and highly recommended. This will deliver an authentic British experience and meal. This is an upscale restaurant and I recommend dressing nicely.

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g
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

イギリスらしい重厚なインテリアとピアノの生演奏のなか、イギリスらしい食事が経験ができます。
食べ物はボリュームがあり、ふつうの日本人には注意が必要。味はロンドンではまあまあなくらいでそこまで美味しくはない、値段は高め。イギリス人はよく会話するので、それなりに騒がしい空間になることも。

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