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Simpsons Tavern

38 1/2 Cornhill
Gracechurch Street

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Opening Times


Monday11.30 am - 3.30 pm
Tuesday8.30 am - 3.30 pm
Wednesday8.30 am - 3.30 pm
Thursday8.30 am - 3.30 pm
Friday8.30 am - 3.30 pm



About the Pub

Note correct address, although pub describes it as Ball Court, 38 1/2 Cornhill. Two bars, ground floor and basement. Lunchtime food. The pub was founded by Thomas Simpson in 1757 and is currently owned by E.J. Rose but was for sale as was the Jamaica Wine House.

Historic Interest

Grade II listing:- Includes No 38 1/2 Cornhill. Early C18 or possibly late C17 pair of houses. 4 storeys each 3 windows. Red brick with band below top storey and parapet to roof. Pilastered shop front with cornice and pediments, probably later C19. Passage beneath No 5 to Ball Court. Rear elevation of painted brick with segmental arches and altered roof. Simpson's Tavern has 2 storeyed wing along west side of court with short return over passage at far end. Plain, painted brick. Shop front similar to Castle Court but incorporating shallow bow windows etc and probably in part of late C18/early C19 date. Some later C19 decorated glass and gas lamp on cast iron bracket. Interesting as an example of a city tavern.

Regular cask ales

This pub serves 4 regular beers.

  • Adnams Southwold Bitter
  • Draught Bass
  • Fuller's London Pride
  • Sharp's Doom Bar

Changing cask ales

This pub serves 1 changing beer.

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  • RealAle Real Ale Available


  • LunchtimeMeals Lunchtime Meals

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Simpsons Tavern

38 1/2 Cornhill
Gracechurch Street

Sat Nav Reference

51.513257, -0.085903


  • <Bus Close to Bus Routes
  • <Station Close to Railway Station
  • <Underground Close to London Underground / Overground / DLR

Nearby Bus Routes (< ½ mile)

Nearby Station (350m)

London Cannon Street

Nearby London Underground/Overground/DLR (250m)


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Simpsons London EC3 taken Sept 2012

Simpsons Tavern

38 1/2 Cornhill
Gracechurch Street

Pub Features

  • Real Ale Available
  • Lunchtime Meals
  • Close to Bus Routes
  • Close to Railway Station
  • Close to London Underground / Overground / DLR

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