CONFIDENTIAL EDEN: Will Simpson’s in the Strand ever be back on the menu?

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The iconic Strand restaurant is unfortunately showing no signs of reopening soon

Mystery surrounds the future of one of Britain’s most historic restaurants, with Simpson’s in the Strand yet to reopen after the pandemic and there are no signs of it happening any time soon.

Established in 1828, the iconic location has played host to Prime Ministers Winston Churchill, Benjamin Disraeli and William Gladstone, among others, and was also a favorite of author Charles Dickens.

The carvers were known for cutting meat at the table so as not to disturb the chess patrons – a tradition that is maintained to this day.

Previously claimed to serve ‘the best Sunday Roast in London’, the Grade II listed building underwent extensive refurbishment in 2017.

Like all food and beverage outlets, the location near Covent Garden was forced to close in March 2020 due to Covid restrictions. However, other eateries are no longer bothered by the curbs and have long since reopened for business. But there is no indication that Simpson will follow suit.

“I’m really afraid they won’t open at all. It’s been two and a half years now and nothing seems to be happening,” says a regular customer. “I keep walking by hoping to see any sign of life at the site.

“But the longer it stays closed, the more terrified I become that it will never open again. And even if so, how much of the old staff will be there?’

A Simpson’s in the Strand spokesperson tried to reassure me that the venue is not closed for good, but was unable to provide further details on a reopening date. They said, ‘At this point, Simpson’s reopening date and workforce are yet to be confirmed.’

When I insisted, they assured me it would reopen someday and said, ‘We are planning a reopening, don’t worry.’

The restaurant’s website suggests that customers can still reserve tables.

But when you try to book one, it says, “The restaurant is temporarily offline. Please contact the restaurant directly or come back soon for availability.’

Beginning of the dog days for furry Hugh

When he starred as Dr Gregory House on the American show House, Hugh Laurie’s rumored fee of £250,000 per episode made him the highest paid actor on the small screen.

But you’d never know if you looked at the confused 63-year-old, who — with bushy beard, unkempt hair, wrinkled clothes and sporting scratches on both his arms and legs — seemed to channel his inner Robinson Crusoe while taking his dog. for a walk in North London.

The Cambridge-trained comedian previously spoke of the difficulties of being in Los Angeles for nine straight months filming the TBEN show, while his wife, three children and furry friends remained in the UK.

After taking on the role—which earned him two Golden Globes and six Emmy nominations—in 2004, Hugh finally hung up his doctor’s coat in 2012.

After moving back to the UK, one of the things he was most looking forward to was ‘walking the dog’ again.

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Dame Joan Collins wants the England women’s soccer team’s Euro success to have a knock-on effect when it comes to acting. The evergreen 89-year-old asks: “Now that the misogynists have accepted the term Lionesses for our fantastic footballers, can we please reclaim the fancy word ‘actress’ instead of ‘female actor’ for the many of us who want to be called that without the risk of being called bigoted or sexist?’

Boris’ marriage quirk and a dose of deja vu

Who knew Boris Johnson was so big on recycling? After joking to guests at his weekend wedding that his removal from 10 Downing Street was the “biggest sting since the Bayeux Tapestry,” some began to feel a sense of déja vu.

The 58-year-old outgoing prime minister used exactly the same equation during the Brexit referendum in 2016.

Referring to then Prime Minister David Cameron – who hoped to reform rather than leave the EU – Mr Johnson told crowds in Staffordshire: ‘My friends, it’s a sting. It is indeed the biggest sting since the Bayeux Tapestry.’

After officially tied the knot with 34-year-old Carrie Symonds last year, he threw a lavish bash over the weekend at Daylesford House in the Cotswolds. The Grade II listed building is owned by Lord and Lady Bamford and also features a swimming pool and 1,500 acre estate. It seems the location wasn’t Carrie’s only borrowed thing…

Lady Louise gets out in mom’s dress

Some women dread becoming their mothers – but Lady Louise Windsor seems delighted to replicate her mother’s sartorial style.

The 18-year-old daughter of the Earl and Countess of Wessex wore a sleeveless dress by designer Peter Pilotto to the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham yesterday – the same dress Sophie Wessex wore seven years ago.

Lady Louise accompanied her 14-year-old brother James and her 57-year-old mother, who previously wore the elegant dress to the Chelsea Flower Show in 2015.

Castle bash for the boss of Sotheby’s

He’s the supreme showman – not to mention the son of the 7th Earl of Rosebery – so there was no chance Sotheby’s chairman Lord Dalmeny, 54, would cut corners on celebrating his marriage to the 33-year-old. art director Harriet Clapham.

A week after the couple married privately, they took 300 friends to Barnbougle Castle, near Edinburgh, for a chic bash, complete with a disco, dance floor and bar. Among the wedding celebrations was his ex-wife Caroline Daglish, who said she was “delighted” to have Harriet as a “member of our extended family.”

What Tom Holland likes most about playing Spider-Man is that he has to cover his face. Because it means the 26-year-old actor can have a big night out before filming and no one is the wiser.

“If I’ve been out the night before and had too much to drink, nobody knows because I’m wearing a mask,” he says. Although I’m not sure if this is the best approach when it comes to his line-learning technique.

“I tend to learn my text in the morning, so everything I say is as fresh as possible,” he adds.

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