We Brits have always been good at this beef thing, but somehow, our steakhouses have always been rubbish. Hawksmoor changed that, and this, their original Spitalfields restaurant, is where it all started. You can get every cut of cow that exists, properly aged and cooked correctly, with one of the greatest sticky toffee puddings of all time for afters. It’s a polished experience that’s also pricey, but everything from the atmosphere to the service is spot on and worth the hefty price tag. The bar is also excellent in its own right and makes some of the best cocktails in this part of town.
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The Guinea Grill
The Guinea Grill is a tiny pub in Mayfair with an old school restaurant specialising in excellent steaks.
Gridiron By Como is a sophisticated steak restaurant in Mayfair that serves perfectly good meat and some seriously good sides.
Hill & Szrok
Hill & Szrok on Broadway Market is a butchers by day, but at night they fire up the grill to cook some pretty good steaks and chops.
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Hawksmoor Seven Dials
Hawksmoor restaurants are some of the best places to get a steak in London. The Seven Dials location is a big, lively basement room.
Lyle’s is a grown-up but not stuffy British restaurant in Shoreditch. Come for lunch when you can order a la carte.
Blixen isn’t the best food in Spitalfields, but it’s where you go for a simple, crowd-pleasing group dinner or brunch.
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