Simpson's In The Strand

4.5
4336 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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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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DB
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My wife and I celebrated our wedding anniversary with our two grown up daughters and had a fabulous time.
The booth created a lovely intimate atmosphere and the food was just fantastic, carved in front of you at the table.
To set this all off to perfection was our waiter, Roy, who made us feel special and who we will judge restaurant staff against in the future.
I am generally sceptical about glowing reviews on websites and don't normally bother but our evening at Simpson's was quite special and we will remember it for a long time.

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T
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visited Simpson’s on September 17th, during a recent visit to London, for a dinner with friends. We had a delicious dinner and great service. The gentlemen enjoyed the roastbeef, I had the best lamb chops ever and the other lady had a Dover sole. Simpson’s still has the old magic touch, I am glad to say!

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

店内の雰囲気、スタッフの対応、そして料理も最高でした。ロンドンの良い思い出です

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JU
London
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent !
We were there to celebrate a wedding anniversary and were made to feel very welcome and special .
The staff and food were outstanding .
Would go more often but a long drive from Devon !

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SE
Dorset
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding from start to finish. Friendly, professional staff but not stuffy!

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

Went here for a treat whilst on a visit to the Capital. I was a bit worried that I was building it up too much and would be disappointed. I need not have worried. An iconic classy establishment with fabulously attentive staff. The signature dish is the roast beef which was amazing and the gravy is something special.
I would definitely recommend to anyone who wants a dinner experience and a slice of history to go with it. Classy but not at all snobby.

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JH
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

The menu didn't have enough vegetarian meals I was disappointed hobson's choice fir me but what I had was good. Felt envious if my meat eating friend to see her excited by the choice for her.

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JC
London
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Never fails to impress , delightful as always, my favourite restaurant in the city

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RW
London
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely experience. Wonderful food. We went to celebrate a friends 50th birthday.

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JD
London
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for my birthday - wanted to go to Simpson's for years, as it is a classic historical British restaurant. Beyond my wildest expectations - excellent service, fabulous food (British roast beef carved at your table), lovely and quiet surroundings. For me, it was like stepping back into history - I could well imagine the 19th cent. British Empire being formed and implemented in this room; Simpson's reminded me of an earlier and more gracious era of living. Afterwards, we were lucky enough to be given a short tour by a staff member, who was extremely knowledgeable about Simpson's itself, and its history as a chess center. This was the perfect birthday.

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PG
Kent
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

First went to Simpsons 30 years ago when the service and quantity of food could not be surpassed. It was an exceptional place to dine. Unfortunately standards have decline significantly over the year which is a great shame!

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SD
London
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for a midweek dinner, wanted a quiet and cosy setting and simpsons certainly provide this. Opted for th roast dinner which was cooked perfectly and th service outstanding. I will definitely return and recommend simpsons to friends and family. Also has a great wine list.

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PE
London
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A very enjoyable experience with an excellent meal, as we celebrated our 48th wedding anniversary

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MC
London
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was as good as before, especiallyh the roast lamb. The new decor was an improvement but there were few customers, much fewer than before. I first came here some 40 years ago and used to dine upstairs, which was pretty full at the time.
However, this time I was charged (which I did not notice when paying the bill) for an extra £27 for 2 portions of alleged "Portobella", whch were neither ordered nor served. I have since discovered the overcharge and phoned to complain. The restaurant's representative was very courteous and friendly, but I am still waiting for a refund.
Overall, this remains one of the best restaurants for English cuisine.

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WR
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The only semi-negative feature that I noticed confirms my lifelong theorem: Never let the piano player sing.

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e
London
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Nos sirvieron la parte final de una pieza del roast beef. Parecían los restos. A la mesa siguiente le empezaron una pieza nueva y era "otra cosa".

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CA
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

An excellent restaurant in the traditional style of dining at it's best. Carving trollies still going strong - excellent!

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T
London
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2018
Overall 2food 5service 5ambience 5

A great place that has lost none of its charm and continues to be a great lunch spot

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CY
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are a group of four friends from Kings College who all enrolled at Kings 50 years ago and meet up annually. While at Kings we attended the Engineering Society Annual Dinners at Simpsons and dining at Simpsons is still as memorable as we remembered it! Superb ambience and roast beef to die for!

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RA
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just excellent all around. Will definitely recommend to friends.

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KZ
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding. Simpson’s in the Strand is one of my favorite restaurants in the world. Great ambience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great beef. Great service. This is a professional restaurant I want to recommend

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AM
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dining experience celebrating an anniversary. Many thanks to all, you made it extra special

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GC
London
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed the traditional (and famous) roast from the trolley. Very good food and very good service.

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7
Hertfordshire
9 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Disappointing visit.
Although the restaurant is very pleasant and the staff attentive it was let down by very average food.
For the price and reputation we had hoped for better but felt let down.
Overall can't think of any aspect of the visit that would make us want to return.

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OP
London
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely superb! Simpson's is an institution, and rightly so. Food, ambiance, service - everything is of the very highest quality. The wine list is varied and thoughtfully chosen, and the sommeliers delightful and knowledgeable. A truly special place.

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JB
Tampa
17 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An excellent meal and overall experience during our trip to London.

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

The service was outstanding. We felt very special and very well looked after. We loved being able to chill in the bar area - it was quiet and comfortable.

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

Perhaps panelling needs scrutinised from an engineering perspective. Otherwise absolutely fantastic experience. Will be back very soon!!

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

This was one of the most outstanding dining experiences I have had. I was with a friend to celebrate the last night of our holiday. Everything was so lovely...the food, the dining room, even the toilets. I will definitely return next time I am in London.

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D
London
3 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Used to go here with my father 60 years ago. Beautiful traditional decor: . Had a just fantastic evening. Started off with an excellent gin and tonic in the bar: Old Tom Gin, one of the best g and t's I have ever had. Had told them it was a special evening: when they showed us to our table in the oak panelled dining room there was a heart made out of rose petals on the table cloth. The dish of choice is, of course, the 28 day dry-aged roast rib of Scottish beef served from the trolley at your table by the carver (who traditionally you tip). Excellent wine list.

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H
London
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I paid a second visit after just two week interval to find everything was excellent.

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

The service was very good!
Luxurious and brilliant!
It was our special night.
Thank you!

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MW
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Outstanding although they do tend to rush the service of dinner. Neither did they pay any attention to our anniversary of two weeks of marriage!
We will return during our next visit to London.

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B
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful atmosphere and opulent surroundings. With the gentle sound of the piano playing in the background while we chatted, the starters were impeccable- the scallops dish & the leek & potato soup were stand-outs! Lovely selection of wines. But, the star of the show... Perfectly Roasted Beef!!! Carved at the table, served with crispy & fluffy roasted potatoes, a giant Yorkshire pudding, buttered Savoy cabbage and a rich indulgent gravy!!

The staff were friendly & attentive through the service, which helped us have a wonderful experience. 5/5 stars!!

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VC
London
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Supberb. It’s been a good few years since I last dined here and it seems so much better now than I remember. I remember it as being rather pompous it certainly is not that now. The staff were so friendly, helpful and attentive without being over the top. The food was fantastic, who doesn’t love hand carved rib of beef on a Sunday? The wine was excellent. All in all a great experience and one I will definitely repeat when I’m next in Town.

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GI
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our visit to Simpsons for lunch on Sunday last was the perfect end to what had been planned as a special weekend but which had been marred by several incidents . It was an absolute delight for two 81 year olds to find such elegance in surroundings, well trained and pleasant staff, wonderful food and wine. We will return when next in London.

Drs John Skeavington & Gillian Sills

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M
London
3 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The Beef Wellington was superb and the bar upstairs serves heavenly cocktails

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

英国短期研修帰りに最後イギリス料理の本気をということで訪問。若造3人でドレスコードの許容範囲内で伺った。とても丁寧な接客をして頂き、メニューを決めるのに時間がかかったり、シャンパンのキャンセルをしてしまったが、嫌な顔せず対応して頂いた。メニューも評判通りの味で非常に美味しかったが、前菜があまりに寂しく、逆にメインは量が多かった。音はそれなりに張るが、特別な日の食事には非常におすすめ。

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JS
London
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In all respects, we had a thoroughly enjoyable evening meal. The service was very prompt and courteous, the food and wine first-rate and the atmosphere and ambience most pleasant. We were there to celebrate a special occasion and were not disappointed in any respect. First-rate!

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