Simpsons Tavern

4.6
823 reviews
£25 and under
British
Simpsons Tavern is Londons oldest Chophouse. Located amongst the charming alleyways at the centre of the City financial district. Built way back in 1757, the tavern retains much of its olde worlde charm and original features, especially in its thoroughly British menu featuring Devilled Kidneys to start, followed by great Steaks from the Grill Menu or Steak & kidney pie and, most vital of all, some good old-school spotted dick and custard. Naturally, it is almost always filled with City workers during the week fuelling their stomachs and mind for another round of money-making.
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
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4.7
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4.5
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4.4
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vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Basement table but the food and service made up for it!

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MicheleG
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience3

Really lovely experience because I was with people who have had the experience and culture over many years. However, as a newbie, I did not appreciate the noise, the disappointment because the choice of meal was not available for two of our party. The drinks were weak due to being drowned in ice and our veg choice was not what we ordered.

However, given that we were day before lockdown, I guess the above was understandable.

Look forward to my next visit under normal circumstances. xxx Michele

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NiallM
London
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

If you like meat. Get involved. You won't be disappointed.

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IKenEat
London
16 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

They really made us feel welcome and looked after us. Great little place well worth visiting!

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Simpson’s keeps its unique and friendly style against all the chaos that exists at the moment. It is a haven of old World calm and tranquility.

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SidS
London
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

we love the charm of the place and the food is excelant for the money

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barryh
London
6 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Get back there - terrific food & excellent service from Christian & the team

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NickT
London
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place, lovely food and made to feel very welcome. Will definitely be back.

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vipJOR1
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

A marvellous venue for lunch which I have been visiting for over 20 years. The food is always excellent and the service very good. I introduced a friend to Simpsons on this occasion and he already wants to revisit. Quiet at the moment due the city being empty. Take this opportunity to revisit.

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vipMartinM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

One of the best places in the City - extremely sad to see it not rammed and buzzing but good and staff as good as always!!! Just hope they can keep going!

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SaraML
London
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very tasty food and huge portions (maybe share side dishes).
COVID19 friendly with all the correct restrictions in place.
Highly recommend

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RichardH
London
8 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Simpsons remains an institution for lunching in the City. So glad it’s back open. Caught up with ex colleagues who I hadn’t seen since pre lockdown.

Thanks for a great lunch.

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JamesM
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delighted to see this iconic City venue is back!
The food was delicious and staff as friendly as ever.

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JamesPrend
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

lovely to be sitting again in this amazing restaurant having a fine breakfast. Unique! Thank you for the great service and the easy and relaxed / sincere chat we had prior to my colleague arriving. Perfect eggs, scrambled. obviously I will be back regularly.

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vipAndy
London
4 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

If you know, you know. A city classic, can’t beat it.

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Harcy
London
3 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

An old city favourite. Have seen many changes over the years but still offers great traditional food in a unique location .

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DavidS
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Sausage as a side, just right for group of old fogies.

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Markiemark
London
4 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Very good atmosphere. Noisy but fun, with good service.

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SamS
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

As usual excellent food and service, but literally couldn't move afterwards. Must have been that sausage on the side :-)

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EA85
London
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Very welcoming from the moment you walk in the door. The food was excellent, very generous portions so don’t over order sides like we did! If you order more than 2 portions of Stilton, you get the whole giant wheel on the table to cut into.
The only criticism is the bench seating we were at was very cramped. Not great if you’re tall or large around the middle.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
189 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Old fashioned City venue.

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JoMo
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

A little loud but the food was excellent, and the sausage is well worth it!!

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James
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Proper food for people who are fed up with the vegetarian, vegan and anti-beef agenda being pushed by the metropolitan liberal minority.

Highly recommended!

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Peterg
London
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Superb- you’d love it! Great traditional food, beer, wines and super service.

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Paul
London
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

What an incredibly unique place! Been here for the last 250 odd years and still going strong. Really difficult to believe that places like this still exist in London. Food is simple, very traditional but handled well, atmosphere is lively and the setting is remarkable.
High recommended!

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Gappy
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Another lovely lunch at Simpsons Tavern. As always staff were friendly and the food excellent and ample. Looking forward to the next visit !

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vipRobertT
London
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent (apart from the orange juice which slightly let everything else down).

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 25 February 2020
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience2

Vile food.
Not fit for human consumption. Perhaps in 18th century London, it was.

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DAVIDK
1 review
Dined on 25 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

For a slice of Dickensian culture you will note beat this place. Been going here for 20 years and it remains the same - just brilliant.

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Alex
London
6 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Brilliant. OK, so the seats are a bit cramped, the ground floor bar is tiny and you seem to get a sausage with everything. However, it oozes charm, the food is really nice, the beer well priced (= under £5 in London), and the staff are great once you get talking to them. If you want to experience on old city chop house, i highly recommend this one. Probably not one for a romantic date, mind.

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ChrisB
London
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

I have already recomended to friends. Perfect lunch spot - best steak and ale pie I think I ever had. Great traditional experience, super value. Loved it.

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EDHUT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Simpson’s is a classic City establishment and a perfect place to enjoy good food, good wine and with great service in a very relaxed environment. Been many times and never fails to disappoint!

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vippiglet
London
58 reviews
Dined on 28 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

A London Institution with good old fashioned food.

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PeterW
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great experience, have visited on a number of occasions in the past, I took my daughter for the first time she loved both the food and the experience.

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Frank
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 January 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

We were there early so not busy yet and we didn't have to share a table. Service was good, friendly and understated. The pork chop was amazing (and huge) , the side dishes were generous and tasty. Overall this is a good quality, simple, good value, understated restaurant. A hidden gem.

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DavidR
London
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very good service, very good food and very nice setting

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vipShadow
London
56 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The devilled kidneys are to die for. Friendliest staff in the City.

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PaulF
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I took two clients to Simpsons last week and they enjoyed the dining experience so much that one of them has already booked in for next week with one of their clients. Food is traditional English, we had to share a table so wouldn't work for a confidential meeting. Proper food and portion sizes too. Always a fun and enjoyable dining experience.

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paulg
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This restaurant is a national treasure!!! Don't be mislead by online descriptions of Simpsons as a purveyor of 'basic' English food. To be successful, a focused menu depends on high quality ingredients and careful cooking - both are to the fore at Simpsons. The food and drink is faultless. Everything from chops to roast beef and Yorkshire pudding with red wine gravy (not jus), liver and bacon, steamed puddings and house ale are sublime: 'national' cuisine of the highest order. We can't recommend the 'stewed cheese' and signature extra sausages too highly. The surroundings are refreshingly relaxed and evocative of the tavern's long history. Communal seating, on benches that once adorned Lloyds insurers, makes for a very convivial atmosphere. Staff are very efficient and witty in their service without ever being obtrusive. A place for genuine foodlovers. Enjoy a relaxed boozy lunch with friends and/or family; you won't be disappointed. My go to place in London. Don't live life without a visit....

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STDD
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

The food is usually very filling & good. My only complaint was with the cauliflower cheese, which, for the past few times we've been there now, has looked rather old, brown and reheated. Not good at all.

FAQs

Simpsons Tavern does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo. Simpsons Tavern also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 020 7626 9985.

Simpsons Tavern is rated 4.6 stars by 823 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.