Samuel Pepys

(23 reviews) 23 5
Stew Lane 48 Upper Thames Street East Central London EC4V 3PT
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About Samuel Pepys

Stew Lane, 48 Upper Thames Street
East Central London, EC4V 3PT

Walk up the elegant spiral staircase to enter this impressive loft-style bar and restaurant, which underwent a refurbishment at the begining of 2018. Set in a historic former warehouse right on the north bank of the Thames, the apace boats many character features such as wooden floorboards, full height windows and exposed brickwork. This is complimented by modern lighting, contemporary artworks and of course, spectacular river views taking in landmarks such as The Tate, the Shard and Millenium Bridge.

Back in 2011 when The Samuel Pepys started hosting wedding receptions the aim was to deliver an unforgettable day with meticulous service, fantastic food and all within budget.

Today, with countless weddings under their belt they continue with this ethos providing unlimited amount of support to the couple leading up to the big day.

• We do not charge a hire charge but simply ask for a minimum spend • Exclusive use of the venue - we only host one wedding at a time • Play your own playlists through our excellent music system, totally free of charge. DJ's permitted • We have a fantastic location overlooking the River Thames with a small balcony to provide some great photo opportunities • Full disabled access

Facilities at Samuel Pepys

Venue Type :
Exclusive Use
In the City
Pub or Restaurant
Evening Entertainment :
Evening Reception Facilities
Dance Floor
Entertainment Licence
Live Band Facilities
Venue Staff Assistance :
Wedding Coordinator
Dining Options :
Seated Meal Facilities
Buffet Meal Facilities
In House Catering
Alcohol Licence
Capacity :
50 to 75 guests
75 to 100 guests
100 to 150 guests
150 to 250 guests
Other Features :
Disabled Facilities

Samuel Pepys Reviews (23)

Amazing wedding reception venue in heart of London
Venue Service

By Heather & Adam, on 14 Aug 2017Date of Wedding - 05 Aug 2017

Cannot recommend Abbie and the team at the Pepys highly enough. Everything was taken care of in a friendly and professional manner – no hard sell, no stress, no problems. The food was absolutely phenomenal, the drinks list has something for everyone and the views over the Thames are a stunning backdrop. Worth every single penny.

A gem wedding venue in the heart of London
Venue Service

By Franck Besnier, on 12 Apr 2017Date of Wedding - 08 Apr 2017

My husband and I wished to tie the knot in London and wanted a venue away from the frilly pompon, meringue deco, big bow and white cherubs, but also which would not blow our budget - when you mention the W word this can be a cash cow for some. We are two guys in our 40's and 50's. We also wanted a venue where our guests would feel welcomed and enjoy a convivial service and good food. We met Abbie at the Pepys to find out what the venue looked like: we instantly fell in love. The place is central, the view is majestic and Abbie proved to be more than the venue manager: she was wedding planner, organiser and master of ceremony. After several meetings when we discussed what we wanted, our Big Day came and we were not disappointed. We would recommend The Pepys to anyone who wants a simple but classy wedding party. Being also a great pub, we can also go there and reminisce the great time we had at our wedding.

Great Wedding Party at The Pepys 27th November
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By Michelle McLeod, on 29 Nov 2016Date of Wedding - 27 Nov 2016

We got married on the sandy beaches of the Caribbean and decided to have a party once we returned to the UK! We wanted somewhere on the river and chose The Pepys after meeting Abbie to talk through our ideas and knew we were in good hands. The venue is a little gem!! Lots of room with stunning views across the river and the atmosphere was fabulous. The food provided on the day was lovely and the bar even make delicious cocktails, especially the cosmo's and Espresso Martinis!!! We had canapés and a hit buffet and all of our guests had a great time and commented that the food was delicious. Abbie is super organised and was on hand to answer any question we had and offer her advice and was there on the day making sure everything ran smoothly. Huge thank you to Abbie and her team. We had a Perfect Day! We will definitely be back to say hello!! Thanks again, Michelle and Donna

Fantastic Wedding Reception- Perfect Day
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By Natalie Hagon, on 21 Sep 2016Date of Wedding - 03 Sep 2016

I would just like to thank Abbie and all the staff at The Pepys for a fantastic Wedding Reception on 3rd Sept- amazing venue with lovely views across the Thames and a great atmosphere- decorated beautifully, the sit down meal for 80 guests plus extra for evening buffet was delicious. We had a band in the evening and The Pepys were very accommodating with everything we wanted for our special day from start to finish. Perfect Day would not change anything all the guests have said best wedding they have been too in a long long time!! Many Many Thanks Abbie and the Team

A perfect London venue
Venue Service

By Jenny and Paul Schwefel, on 12 Aug 2016Date of Wedding - 30 Jul 2016

We held our wedding reception at The Pepys on Saturday 30th July, and cannot recommend it more highly. Everything looked and tasted fantastic, and the day ran like clockwork. All thanks to the impeccable hosting skills of Abbie and her team. So many of our guests commented on the quality of the food, the good selection of cocktails at the bar, and of course – the show stopping views across the Thames. Abbie was fantastic, and exceptionally helpful throughout the planning process. We always felt in very safe hands. As a wedding venue, it’s a real hidden gem and was a nice surprise for our guests who hadn’t been there before. It suited our style of wedding absolutely perfectly.

Wedding reception 23rd July 2016
Venue Service

By Mark Gittens, on 16 Aug 2016Date of Wedding - 23 Jul 2016

We would like to recommend the Pepys to everyone. Abbie and Simon wee amazing, So supportive and gave great advice regarding our retro theme. The views of the River outside on the balcony were truly beautiful and our guests thoroughly enjoyed the day. We noticed that some of the waitresses were touched emotionally by the day. Thanks for letting us comeback afterwards for a lunchtime dinner date; very kind and generous. Thanks for helping to make our Wedding Day so awesome!

Amazing wedding day !
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By Nicki & Paul Malcolm, on 31 May 2016

We got married in Mayfair library and wanted a local venue for our wedding breakfast and wedding reception. Samuel Pepys was perfect in every way. The stunning scenery added to the atmosphere and most of our evening guests commented on the venue . It was elegant with friendly and helpful staff from start to finish . Our wedding coordinator , Abbie was amazing . We felt totally relaxed and confident in the advice she offered throughout the process . The food was outstanding too . We would definitely recommend this wonderful location for any doe sio occasion . Lastly , thank you to Abbie and her wonderful staff ??

Wonderful wedding venue, 5 star experience
Venue Service

By Terry and Jenny Morgan, on 21 Jan 2016

This review is to say a massive thank you to Abbie and her team for providing a wonderful wedding reception for Michael and Chloe Morgan on 9th January 2016. When the Wedding party arrived, we were given a very warm welcome from Abbie , who had prepared the tables and layout , perfectly. The meal was serviced professionally and everyone commented how delicious it tasted, and all within budget. Everything that was asked for was delivered and nothing too much trouble. Not only is Pepys right on the North Bank with stunning views across the Thames, Abbie and her team made it seem effortless so that we could relax and enjoy this special day. We can thoroughly recommend this venue for any special occasion and know that Abbie and her team will make your wishes come true .

Exceptional Venue for A Riverview London Wedding!
Venue Service

By Jason & Steve Hackney-Russell, on 05 Jan 2016

We first met Abbie an entire year before our wedding date, in July of 2014. From the off she was warm and knowledgeable and instantly put us at ease. The venue is modern and cosy, with large sofa’s and exposed brick walls. Feature lighting is present throughout. As a backdrop to our photo’s, the venue looked incredible. Not to mention outside every window and balcony there is that stunning view of the Thames and South bank, it was a talking point for our guests! At the menu tasting a few months later we met Rachel the head chef. She was very passionate about the food and got us really excited. We decided on a 3 course meal with a choice of 2 dishes per course. Portion sizes were great, and the meals themselves presented really modern without feeling pretentious. This was followed by a finger food buffet later in the evening, complimented by our own cake (made of cheese), which Rachel cut up and presented alongside. Our vegetarian guests were also well looked after, which can sometimes feel like an afterthought. Rachel went off menu to provide separate meals for each course. Throughout all the planning, Abbie was punctual, helpful and accommodating to every request. She was very good at working within our budget and suggesting ideas and options at all stages. She also kept an up to date running order and costing so we always knew where we were at. In the run up to the day itself, we were able to have everything delivered the day before, and trusted Abbie and her team would set up the venue exactly as we wanted. It looked incredible. Abbie and the team were fantastic. They made our day one to remember and we would like to sincerely thank them all.

Brilliant London Wedding
Venue Service

By Charlie de la Haye, on 20 Oct 2015

Straight off the mark, Abbie and Szymon were responsive and obliging in providing us with all the information and peace of mind to arrange our wedding at The Pepys (not to be mispronounced as the "Peppys"!). The food was absolutely brilliant and our tasting session before the wedding turned into a great evening out. The head chef was lovely and illustrated every bit of empathy towards our anxiety leading to the big day. The venue was very flexible and supported our ideas of decoration, music, layout and so on. The view of the Thames was really lovely - further complimented by the balcony - and the venue location very convenient for our guests to get to. The facilities met all requirements for guests of all ages, and we had no issues at all with third party vendors (photo booth, DJ, etc). Generally speaking, we invested a lot of reliability in the Pepys amid our busy working lifestyles and true to form, they delivered on every level. Thank you to everyone at The Pepys for helping to make our special day very special indeed!

Excellent Venue
Venue Service

By Jo Chaffin, on 17 Aug 2015

We had a small ceremony in Crete so wanted a London venue for everyone to celebrate with us when we got back. The Pepys caught our eye as it has amazing views overlooking the Thames and Southbank, directly opposite The Globe Theatre. From when we first contacted The Pepys, Abbie and her team were great. They did everything we wanted (we decorated the pub, had welcome drinks, buffet, our own band) and we had a fantastic night. On the night, the staff were brilliant with our guests (we had a mixture of children & elderly people) and nothing was too much trouble for the staff. The buffet food was great and their pizzas are lovely. All of our guests commented on the lovely venue and some have already been back for dinner and drinks. I would highly recommend the venue for a wedding or celebration of any kind.

Made Our Weddig Day!
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By Sam Elliott-Olechnowicz, on 12 Jun 2015

Honestly don't know where to begin! The venue is in a word Stunning and this is excelled even more by the staff that there. The Manager was amazing from start to finish and she was a constant source of ideas and help throughout the entire process from beginning to end. All of the staff on the day were so attentive and polite that a party of 120 people, everyone left singing their praises. The venue itself is a thing a beauty. Sound strange to say about a restaurant/bar but to be on the bank of river Thames for your wedding day in a classic modern rustic venues just made everything even more special for our guests. Such is the style of the venue that you barely need much decor to make it look more impressive than it already is. On this area the manager and staff were amazing in setting up everything for us so that no one in our wedding had to miss out on any part of the day to set up which was a huge help. The food was amazing. Served with the pace you come to expect from the professionalism of all the staff there. The congratulations written in chocolate sauce on the desert was a nice touch. Over all, if your looking for a reception venue with the wow factor look no further because your on to a winner here.

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