Fodor's Expert Review Simpson's Tavern

$ The City British Fodor's Choice

Editor's Note: This location is reported to be under new ownership and therefore this review may contain inaccuracies.

The City's oldest tavern and chop house was founded in 1757 and undoubtedly is every bit as raucous now as the day it opened. Approached via a cobbled alleyway, it draws diners who revel in the old boarding school surroundings and are eager to down oodles of claret and English tavern-style grub. Think full English breakfasts, grilled chump chops, potted shrimps, steak-and-kidney pie, and hot pots of the famous house-stewed cheese on toast. Desserts are public schoolboy favorites like spotted dick and custard. Shared oak bench stalls, House of Commons green cushions, and old-fashioned service all add to the charm.

British Historical Service Prix-Fixe Breakfast Lunch Coffee Dessert $ LGBT Family Lively Fodor's Choice

Quick Facts

38½ Cornhill
London, Greater London  EC3V 9DR, England


Known For:
  • Lots of history, with past diners from diarist Samuel Pepys to Charles Dickens
  • Signature stewed cheese on toast
  • Charming but old-fashioned service
Restaurant Details:
Rate Includes: Closed weekends. No dinner, Reservations essential

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