Famous 17th-century diarist Samuel Pepys loved a good drink, writing on the 17th of February 1661 that, Here I drank wine upon necessity, being ill for the want of it. He would certainly have loved visiting his namesake bar in the company of good friends, had it stood on the banks of the Thames in his time. That said, had it stood where it does, down Stew Lane off Upper Thames Street, in Pepys’ time, it might very well have burnt to the ground in the Great Fire of London. Thank goodness The Samuel Pepys is safe and up to spec, because it’s one of the best options for riverside drinks and dining in the City of London.
The Samuel Pepys is set in an historic riverside warehouse on the northern banks of the Thames, tucked down the quaint Stew Lane off Upper Thames Street. There is in fact a plaque with an inscription from Sam’s famous dairy affixed to the wall of Stew Lane, though why he is associated with a spot where boatmen used to pick up customers for the London brothels, the ‘stews’, over in Bankside remains a mystery… In any case, The Samuel Pepys is a rollicking good place to enjoy great draught beers, ales, wines and hearty British dishes, grills, and stone-baked pizzas, surrounded by gorgeously appointed premises overlooking the Thames.
There’s a lot going on at The Samuel Pepys’ Stew Lane premises, discreetly located off Upper Thames Street. Every Monday you can order food at half-price, while Tuesday sees fans of Italian pizza enjoying a 2-for-1 deal. Thursdays’ happy hour, from 5-7pm, is accompanied by music from the Sliding Vinyl DJs, and if you download the Secret DJ app, you can get in on the action, selecting tracks for broadcast in the bar. Looking for love, or just a partner in crime? The Samuel Pepys collaborates with SpeedDater to run one of London’s biggest and best speed dating singles’ parties for eligible single professionals. They even do a line in Interactive Washroom Games in the gents! Sam Pepys would have had a field day here.
Great place and good food. The staff made an error calculating our bill but they got is sorted out in the end. I recommend this place.
This pub is in a great location with wonderful views across the river. There is a good choice on the menu. Service and food were very good.
Very great experience! The table which I book was on reserved, which was really important for me for my leavings drinks, so I am really pleased of this place! Also the atmosphere is really nice, not noisy, nice people, and especially the big windows facing the riverside, can for sure romantic with the right person on a date ! :) So thank you so much and I will come again here for sure.
Highly recommend this bar & restaurant it has wonderful views , serving good food & staff very helpful. Reasonably priced Great atmosphere in the bar area
Dined at lunchtime. Nice place, not to big with plenty of attentive staff. Table was ready for us early so we had the choice to have some pre-lunch drinks at our table or on comfy sofas. Food excellent, very good and varied menu choices. Had a nice table overlooking river and great views but it appeared all tables offered a good outlook. Will definitely return but perhaps in the evening.
This is an undiscovered little gem, by the river, at the edge of the financial district. They have a very good restaurant and a spacious bar, with an open terrace over the river as well. The Millenium Bridge with the Tate Modern is around the corner, and St. Paul's Cathedral is a few minutes walk up the hill. Fantastic!
I would best describe Pepys as a bar which serves good quality food. It has views across the river towards the Shard, the Globe and Tate Modern,. The service was excellent despite it being busy. It has a very vibrant atmosphere therefore not the place to go if you are looking for a quiet meal. I would certainly recommend Pepys and I would eat there again
We spent a great evening catching up with family here. The food was good as was the service. We had booked a river view table and enjoyed watching all the passing river traffic. The only disappointment was that the outdoor area was blocked off for a party. Also be aware that the music is loud. We would return.
The service at the table was a Very friendly service, there is an absolute great view over the Thames, the food was ok. Next time we would go for a drink and a snack but not for a diner, other guests were having a real good time but very loud. Which is a great atmosphere but not when you want to have diner conversations.
The Pepys Riverside Bar & Dining is worth a visit; it's a lovely spot, we had a great view and we all enjoyed the food.