Simpson's In The Strand

4.5
4202 reviews
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£41 and over
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British
Top tags:
  • 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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Cuisines
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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Payment Options
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
Additional
Banquet, Full Bar, Private Room, Wheelchair Access
What 4202 People Are Saying
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4.5
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4.6
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4.6
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4.0
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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London
5.0
Dined 3 days ago

Fabulous meal and beautifully served. Cannot ask for more.

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Raleigh
5.0
Dined 4 days ago

On our third visit here, we found the food to be as good as ever. We found the service to be vastly improved. No longer stuffy waiters but warm, smiling servers. In fact every employee who we encountered also showed a much freindlier attitude and welcoming warmth.

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BS
3.0
Dined 5 days ago

Meal was good, service was good but I was expecting better than just good at over 30 pounds for Roast Beef. My wife did say the salt baked Beets were the best appetizer she had ever had. My Steak and Kidney pudding was dry, tasty but needed a little more gravy. Sorry to say this because we have always like Simpsons

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OT
London
3.0
Dined 5 days ago

高級店なのに客は普通のポロシャツとかで、ジャケットも必要無かったみたいです。
日曜日の夕方だったせいか、客はまばらで、サービスは良かったです。
ローストビーフはとても美味しかったですが、冷房が効き過ぎていて、最後の方は
冷めてしまいました。
付け合わせのヨークシャープティングは、食べ方がよくわからず、
手でちぎって食べて良かったのか?
他の付け合わせのジャガイモのフライは硬くて改善された方が良いと
思いました。

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OT
London
4.0
Dined 5 days ago

The only thing is it was expensive

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AG
5.0
Dined 5 days ago

I was very impressed with Simpson’s. It is great to see traditional English fare presented so well. Many Thanks for a great Sunday lunch.

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MS
4.0
Dined 6 days ago

our Sister in law's birthday, very enjoyable meal, service very good.

I did think £10 was a bit high for three small scoops of ice cream.

We would visit again.

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c
5.0
Dined 6 days ago

Fantastic with wonderful service. Booked for my wife's 50th birthday with her friends, I couldn't attend but had mentioned her birthday on the booking. Thank you for your wonderful service and attention to detail.

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PB
London
5.0
Dined 6 days ago

My wife and I took our respective mothers for a post 'The King and I' dinner on Saturday evening at 6:00 pm. The staff were very friendly and accommodating and made us all feel very welcome. The menu is sufficiently extensive, without being overwhelming, and the quality of food was very good and enjoyed by all of us.

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LW
London
3.0
Dined 6 days ago

Iconic Restaurant with a very English ambience. The steak tartare, the carpet starters were superb. The duck and Welsh lamb rump very good, the (medium rare requested) fillet steak disappointing.

This a very high priced restaurant so we were not at all surprised by the cost - but at the prices charged, everything should be 'superb'

The service is special. The waiters unobtrusive but always there, always helpful.

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OT
Worcestershire
5.0
Dined 7 days ago

Lovely experience.

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HS
New York Area
5.0
Dined 7 days ago

We had great service, the waiter noticed our special occasion without asking and gave us a bday cake. Very warm.

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L
Los Angeles
3.0
Dined on 11 July 2018

The restaurant is beautiful with very attentive staff. Unfortunately, my fillet was impossible to eat. I’ve gotten pampered with newer higher-end restaurants popping up in London serving tender cuts of beef. So I know the old days of London’s culinary missteps are behind it, but not here. Expect the tougher flesh of decades past. I will say my bf’s rib of beef was very tender and delicious, so I probably did end up ordering the wrong thing, but as a consummate fillet eater, I didn’t expect the most tender cut of beef to be so troublesome. Everything else was very tasty. Please be advised.

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London
4.0
Dined on 11 July 2018

This is not the first time I have visited Simpson's, and it won't be the last. London has so much to offer by way of fine dining, and with so much to choose from you may well ask why I keep on returning. Well, quality and tradition are the reasons. You know what you will get, and what you will get is always excellent British food wil charming service in a very pleasant environment. Simpsons has been here for centuries, and hopefully it will still be here in the centuries to come, delighting the as yet unborn.

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LH
5.0
Dined on 8 July 2018

We had a wonderful lunch in beautiful surroundings. The service was exemplary and the whole experience was memorable.

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SC
4.0
Dined on 7 July 2018

The food, environment, drinks were absolutely fantastic. The upstairs bar has a good of drinks.
Price is on the steep side but nothing you wouldn't expect.
The only let down were some of the waiters who seemed to be new to the place and not trained to the standard that is expected from this sort of establishment.
Damn that chicken breast was good -,-

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FR
Washington DC
5.0
Dined on 7 July 2018

Great food and outstanding service.

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C
3.0
Dined on 7 July 2018

The restaurant is beautiful and has a unique atmosphere, and I definitely recommend it for that aspect. I was however disappointed by the food, which was not up to my memory of what it was a few years ago. The meals were too salty, and the desserts were not very tasty.

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JM
London
5.0
Dined on 7 July 2018

The staff were excellent and very attentive. The food was fantastic, I had the Beef Wellington and will be returning to have it again.

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LS
New York Area
5.0
Dined on 6 July 2018

Extraordinary history. Intriguing atmosphere. Professional staff, from the waiters to the bartenders. Food was excellent. Spend sometime upstairs at the bar/lounge before dinner with one of their many special cocktails.

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MF
5.0
Dined on 5 July 2018

Look forward to going again. The beef in particular was outstanding. Service very good.

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b
4.0
Dined on 4 July 2018

The occasion was my wife's very even birthday, which we celebrated together with our three sons and the latest grandchild. We had a brilliant round table in the far left corner and enjoyed immensely the atmosphere, the food ( duck and chicken), the wines (English Sparkling +Spanish Tempranillo), and the excellent service including the final twist with the well-wishing from the kitchen on the plate.
(This did not, however, have the same amazing top level standard as the one we experienced about a decade ago when a selective group from staff sang "Happy birthday" to key.)
That comment will in no way prevent us from revisiting Simpson´s again whenever in London.

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r
London
5.0
Dined on 4 July 2018

I have put a low mark for 'value' as it was an expensive lunch though I realise that , as an another example, Hawksmoor is expensive as are a number of places aimed at the 'business expenses lunch' category - we were not in this category. I thought the wine list made for impossible choices and I refer to the very high prices for a bottle of wine. An option of a house white or a house red would have been very welcome. The staff were outstanding. It was a five star experience.

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HP
5.0
Dined on 4 July 2018

Special treat for a grand-daughter. She will always remember her first visit to Simpson's

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KW
5.0
Dined on 3 July 2018

Super service from all we interacted with. Attentive and friendly, but not interfering. Beef Wellington was perfect - tender beef, tasty sauce and perfect pastry. A perfectly filling portion. The steak and kidney pudding, just what it ought to be - suety, lush gravy and fluffy mash on the side. A lovely dinner all in all.

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a
London
5.0
Dined on 2 July 2018

It is good to be able to rely on a restaurant year in and year out. Simpson's remains a place of choice when I am in London from South Africa

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r
New York Area
5.0
Dined on 1 July 2018

Was here 35 years ago, but the dining room did not permit women at the time so we ate upstairs. Pleased that little bit of traditional discrimination has passed, my wife and I enjoyed a tremendous meal.
Very pleased with our choice, and Roy, our waiter, took us on a brief tour and filled us in on the history.

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ES
San Francisco
5.0
Dined on 30 June 2018

Still a wonderful spot for a destination dinner I. London with fabulous new menu and traditional carving trollies. Food fabulous, decor beautiful and service impeccable! A must see!

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OT
New York Area
5.0
Dined on 30 June 2018

I always enjoy Simpson’s when I am in London and, as usual, it did not disappoint.

I would say, value for money wise, it is a bit expensive. But you are paying for the ambiance.

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CJ
Surrey
5.0
Dined on 30 June 2018

Thoroughly enjoyed our lunch here, the roast lamb was fabulous. My husband had the beef and he also enjoyed it. We went here prior to going to the theatre celebrating our anniversary, we were presented with some petit fours on a dish on which they had piped 'Happy Anniversary' in chocolate, which was a lovely touch. The staff were very friendly and welcoming, much nicer than at Rules!

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FR
4.0
Dined on 29 June 2018

I am client of this restaurant from 25 years. I went alone and several times with my family.my aged son now comes alone with their girlfriends and friends. Every time I am in Lindon I came to Simpson’s for a dinner. It is tradition for me and my family.

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MC
5.0
Dined on 29 June 2018

Staff were extremely friendly, helpful and lovely. When one of our party was absent from the table as the mains came out they kindly kept his plate warm for him, nothing was too much trouble and they also brought out a birthday treat as a surprise for the birthday celebrant. We loved our visit and would definitely go again.

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JM
London
3.0
Dined on 27 June 2018

Desgraciadamente uno de los restaurantes emblemáticos de Londres ha ido perdiendo poco a poco su estilo y ahora está estereotipado. El tradicional troley have tiempo que ha dejado su autenticidad y te sirven el gravy, las verduras y el Yorkshire pudding aparte y secos en el caso del pudding y verduras.

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OT
London
5.0
Dined on 27 June 2018

シャーロック・ホームズにでてくるレストランだったので楽しみにして向かいました。行ってみれば店内の雰囲気、フレンドリーな店員さん、味・量ともに大満足の料理、と期待以上。ロンドンに来た際は必ず伺おうと思います。
ちなみに、夫婦ふたりでそれぞれスターターとメインを頼み、妻はデザートを追加。お酒は飲まず、サービス料込みで約120ポンドでした。コスト的にも満足度が高いです。

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DK
Detroit
5.0
Dined on 27 June 2018

Simpsons' has been around for many years and continues to be the prime source for prime rib. Best RB & Y Pudd I have yet to find. When in London, this place is not to be missed.

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M
Charleston
5.0
Dined on 26 June 2018

Excellent beef wellington and roast beef! Outstanding service from the staff. Highly recommend, but bring your wallet. It is worth the price however.

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SN
London
5.0
Dined on 25 June 2018

Went here because my sister visiting from Malaysia wanted to try beef wellington which she heard from a Gordon Ramsay show. Since I’ve never had it, had to google to find places serving it. Proven not many and mostly only served by expensive restaurants. But the food was superb esp the roast beef from the trolley. Best most tender roast beef ever eaten to date!

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St. Louis
5.0
Dined on 25 June 2018

The best of English food in the best of English settings. Formerly an oasis of good food in a culinary desert, now the jewel in the crown of London restaurants. My friends and I were delighted. The one who had never been to Simpson’s before found the sole a revelation. The rest of us were delighted to fine the beef and asparagus as good as we remembered.

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CS
5.0
Dined on 25 June 2018

To eat here is in a way to step back in time. My father, a proud Yorkshireman, suggested many decades ago that I should one day eat roast beef and yorkshire pudding at Simpson's in the Strand. The ambience and decor is from a time gone by and very charming because of this. The quality of the food, wine and service was both simple and superb. I am very satisfied with my visit, and will definitely go again. It is still a formal place, and not so cheap either, so it is for special occasions, ideally with close family and friends.

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UW
5.0
Dined on 25 June 2018

Fantastic food and attentive service makes Simpson’s stand out from the crowd! Beautiful historic rooms and a great drinks list make this a perfect place for a special occasion - or just a reason to dress up.

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