Simpson's In The Strand

4.6
4557 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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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
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JB
London
42 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Aside from the checking in being slightly haphazard (some guest told table not ready and then other actually seated), once we got going, the food and service was amazing. Lovely setting, great ambience and very British. Highly recommended. If you have three meals in London, eat here, the Savoy Grill and Rules.

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

A wonderful evocation of a bygone age. Smart, but not stuffy. The staff are friendly and knowledgable and the food is as comforting as a hug. We will certainly visit again.

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

I have never been disappointed at Simpson's and this visit was no exception.

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GC
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the dinner has been more than outstanding and the service excellent

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SK
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food had the roast beef wonderfully served loved the pianist in the back ground too

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KS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The service was exceptional however the meat for the Sunday roast was cold, it was our first time at Simpson’s however I’m not sure I would return. When researching the Festive menu I was happy with the set menu of £55 for 3 corse or £60 for 4 only to be told on arrival that this was for group bookings only.

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LS
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely. Took my kids (11, 8, 5 and 14) and we were very well looked after.

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DR
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have waited a long time to go here but it was well worth the wait, were made to feel very welcome by all the staff we are looking forward to coming back. Thank you

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

39th Wedding Anniversary: all perfect ! Many Thanks

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HT
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

We very much enjoyed the food but felt we were rushed a little. This is an annual Christmas outing for us and expected to be given slightly more time as we have been given previously

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

We had a lovely dinner at Simpson’s. The food was delicious and filling. I would recommend Simpson’s on the Strand to anyone looking for a pleasant night out.

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Y
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Service was not what I would expect. We had many different people serving us and it felt like no-one was checking on our experience. The engagement with the customer was poor. The staff uniform was uninspiring and in fact looked shabby on some members of staff. The food was ok - nothing special for the overall cost and vegetarian choices were limited. Good ambience and very accommodating of children for early evening dining.

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Can’t wait to come back

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LM
London
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Have eaten at simpsons a few times and have never been disappointed, the service is very good as is the food, the atmosphere is excellent and the bar upstairs is also very good and again the service like downstairs in the resturant is excellent.

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V
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely, uncomplicated food in classical surroundings topped with great service.

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JF
London
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A step back in time with impeccable service, incredible food - worth every penny!

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H
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for lunch on Saturday in the newly refurbished restaurant.
Same old ambience, super service, fantastic roast beef from the trolley, Fantastic!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Cibo mediocre. Non sanno servire le osriche. Servizio poco attento

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AM
Austin
24 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

The food was good but utterly unexceptional. The service, however, was attentive and professional and the atmosphere was welcoming. A pleasant experience, but one which was hardly inexpensive.

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JB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Archetypal restaurant typifying British food at its traditional best. An occasion for anyone with visiting friends from overseas to show off our excellent cuisine.

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MR
Kent
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

RUDE SERVICE, POOR COOKING FOR THE PRICE, STAFF/MANAGEMENT TRIED TO MOVE BENCH SEATING AND TABLE WHILST EATING TO FIT OTHER DINNERS IN. AGGRESSIVE MANAGER(?) INQUIRED ABOUT OUR MEAL AND WHEN INFORMED ABOUT THE LIST OF PROBLEMS(BY NO MEANS ALL LISTED ABOVE) - HE WENT INTO OVERDRIVE ABOUT HOW WE SHOULD LEAVE THE ESTABLISHMENT 'HAPPY' AND THAT THEY WERE SO OVER BOOKED FOR THE CHRISTMAS PERIOD - ROSE TINNED SPECTACLES WERE BEEN WORN, AS THERE WHERE A NUMBER OF TABLES THAT WERE EMPTY.
SYSTEMIC MANAGEMENT PROBLEMS, NO COMMON SENSE OR AWARENESS.

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RB
London
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ok 40 years ago & has been ever since. Good example of how to do things properly.
Chef even consented to my desire to have Yorkshire Puddings & Golden Syrup for my desert course. (should be on the menu for eccentrics like me )

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P
London
4 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 5

I took three friends to Simpsons for lunch and was very disappointed. Firstly the wine list was very limited and expensive. We all ordered our main courses from the trolley and these came with side dishes of vegetables. As these dishes were emptied they were cleared away. I complained to a manager who apologised and said we should have been offered top ups, this did not happen! We were offered complimentary coffee as an apology. Two of us had not finished our wine but one of the glasses was taken away! I do object to crockery and glasses being taken away before I have finished my meal, it gives the impression that the restaurant want you to leave as soon as possible. To add insult to injury, an extra bottle of wine was added to the bill! I will hesitate before going to Simpsons again.

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JR
London
3 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was there with two friends. We all had starters; I had the devilled eggs which was very nice. Two of us had roast beef from the trolley, which without exaggeration was the best roast beef I have ever had. Wonderful tasty beef, cooked medium rare. Excellent gravy, perfect Yorkshire pudding and potatoes. The third member of the party had another version of beef, with which she was very happy. Very friendly and professional staff. A lovely evening out, and we all thoroughly enjoyed it.

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BM
London
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very happy with this place, just keeps the right balance between formal and atmosphere.

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F
London
5 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hadn’t been back to Simpson’s since it was on the verge of closing, so was a little apprehensive for this visit. I need not have worried. The old, wonderful Simpson’s is back with style, the neglect wiped away, the traditions saved and boosted. Service is impeccable from friendly and discreet staff. The ambience of a private club has been enriched with the quality of furnishing and decoration while retaining the fin de siecle atmosphere of the original restaurant. Above all the food Is wonderful; traditional grub cooked to perfection and plenty of it. The roast beef and lamb from the trolley were perhaps the best we’ve ever eaten, luscious, tender and enormously satisfying. Yes, the bill is eye watering but in this correspondent’s opinion worth every penny. We left well satisfied and at peace with the world.

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MT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place steeped in atmosphere made for a memorable night. Gin cocktails in upstairs bar were outstanding. We opted for the carvery served at the table - one beef and one lamb both excellent. Top scores on every measure apart from slightly reduced score on value due to the cost which was some way in excess of our normal budget but no complaints after a most enjoyable night

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K
London
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We came for lunch and enjoyed ourselves. We received attentive service throughout. Beautiful dining room to compensate for what was a dreary day outside. Would visit again.

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E
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb, just perfect. So happy we went there, it was everything I had hoped. Staff were charm personified. There is a reason this place is world famous.

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GD
London
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely a must if you are in London and want to taste the true English roast beef ! Very nice ambiance , food and service excellent! Very attentive staff from reception to the waiters.

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JS
London
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simpson’s never disappoints and once again and excellent meal. I am so pleased to see that the lobster soup is back on the menu. The service is professional, friendly and knowledgeable, the food delicious and the wine superb. On this particular occasion the roast potatoes were exceptional. Thank you everyone at Simpson’s for a great dining experience.

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JM
London
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Classic club food of large roasts in an opulent 1890s setting.

I went for the rib of beef - very good save for the charred broccoli, which tasted more sooty than charred. Service was unobtrusive, reasonably good, not not superb. Biggest disappointment was the price - £38 for a main course, which then needed £6 of additional vegetables. Ouch.

Run by the Savoy but without the magical service that the price suggests

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PB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good fun to eat in a restaurant still going strong after 190 years. The antique decor is absolutely superb. Service was attentive and efficient. The food is very good, specialising in English fare, especially meats. The only reservation was the Christmas pudding desert, with a disappointing brandy butter.

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MT
London
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Very enjoyable evening, attentive staff , excellent food and wine.

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FS
New Orleans
9 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sent my daughter and her fiancé for a special night out. They were quite impressed.

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PF
London
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed the Carvery - Meat was cooked to perfection!

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OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the history and vibe of the restaurant. Staff was very pleasant. Great food.

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CB
London
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I had a lovely dinner with my mum, it was a special occasion and the waiters were really kind and the food amazing

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JM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 1

Deben de suprimir el piano. La resonancia es muy fuerte y aunque estes en una mesa alejada dificulta mucho la conversación

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RH
2 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Excellent setting and decor.
Carved beef at table wonderful.

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