Simpson’s Tavern, located in the city’s financial district and not far from Tower Bridge, has remained a dependable constant for decades, building a solid reputation and ever-growing fan base. Built in 1757, the tavern is the oldest chophouse in London and retains much of its olde-worlde charm and has a warm atmosphere to match. A sense of the past begins as you walk down the charming cobbled alleyway to reach this tourist destination point. Once inside, it feels like you’ve stepped back in time and the hustle and bustle of the city soon dissipates. This London institution has been open for centuries and is still frequented by businesspeople on lunch and tourists exploring the capital – a testament to the tavern’s years of hospitality.
Much of its charm is echoed in the honest, traditional menu that’s brimming with British dishes. Expect hearty portion sizes at great value to be freshly cooked and full of flavour. Call in for breakfast and begin the day with a freshly cooked helping of smoked salmon and scrambled eggs, full English or a tasty bacon sandwich paired with a Bloody Mary or fruit juice.
On the main menu, classics such as braised lamb shank, homemade steak and kidney pie and oven-baked Scotch salmon are humble additions. The grill section of the menu includes gammon and tomato, chargrilled rump steak, and calf’s liver and bacon accompanied by caramelised onion, while daily specials provide something new to try. If you’ve got room, finish proceedings with a homemade pudding, or sample the chef’s famous stewed cheese for a savoury treat. Punters looking for liquid gratification will find a carefully chosen wine list and plenty of real ale and beer behind the bar. There is a separate bar menu featuring the likes of ham, egg and chips, sausage and mash and doorstep sandwiches to keep hunger at bay.
Simpson’s Tavern is available for private hire and functions for 40 to 120 guests, and tailor-made menus are available to create the perfect bespoke event. Advance booking is always recommended. Genuinely friendly service adds to the establishment’s ambience and makes visiting Simpson’s all the more enjoyable.