If you’re looking for a sizzling sirloin or a deliciously rare rib-eye in a fantastic setting then explore our guide to the best steak houses in London
Words Georgia Rutherford
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Stripped back steak at its finest. Aside from the odd ‘special’ this Soho spot serves flat iron steaks, served pink on a slab of wood. With no menu on offer, this is a purist’s encounter with beef, and it is as uncomplicated as it is excellent.
This restaurant screams beef. When walls, chairs, booths and pretty much every square inch of the restaurant is covered in cowhides and leather, you know that this place takes steak seriously.
With restaurants in Clapham, Fulham, Putney and Earlsfield, Roxie’s is the perfect spot for the most incredible and affordable steaks, in a space that feels close to home. The presentation is top-notch, deliciously cooked steak on a wooden slab with a bucket of chips and a generous pot of your favourite sauce.
Hawksmoor’s formula – of sourcing only the very best British beef, and recruiting the best steak chefs to prepare it – is unsurprisingly a real success. Often named as the prime cut for steak, the porterhouse is ideal for sharing. Order it with a side of triple cooked chips for a truly gastronomical experience.
Heliot Steak House at the Hippodrome
From the moment you step foot into Heliot, you know you’re in for a treat. Housed within London’s infamous Hippodrome, diners can enjoy their meal on a balcony overlooking the gaming floors of the casino. The atmosphere is buzzing, as you’d expect, but it still doesn’t distract from the quality of the steak – they boast a huge menu of award-winning 28 day aged USDA cuts alongside a host of other delicious options.
The Guinea Grill
It’s the best steak restaurant that you’ve never heard of. From the outside, The Guinea is just another Mayfair pub but take the side entrance and you’ll be greeted by a man so smartly dressed that he could be opening the door at Claridge’s. Settle into a glass of Rioja and bite into a Guinea grill steak for the first time – we’re sure it won’t be your last!
Despite being called the ‘Modern American Steak House’, the founders behind MASH are actually Danish which may explain the interior. Filled with red leather, chrome and polished wood, the huge cuts of tender meat are matched by endless whiskeys and their own house pilsner.
Perched on the southern edge of Covent Garden, it’s punchy cocktails, laid-back vibe and lively music firmly caters to the work party crowd. Not only do they serve everything from chateaubriand to rump, rib-eye to T bone you can also opt for the whopping 1kg Tomahawk, all in a sleek rooftop surrounding. Don’t miss out on a chance to taste their mouth-watering side of lobster mac & cheese.
Sink your teeth around an entire kilo of salt-aged porterhouse but you may need someone to split the portion (and the bill) with. Don’t be put off dining beneath Damien Hirst’s suspended formaldehyde-preserved cow – think of it as adding a touch of culture to your meal.
You couldn’t ask for a more beautiful old school dining room in which to enjoy your steak. Rowley’s has been around for decades and has earned a name for itself for serving up succulent cuts of steak. It is usually full of grateful regulars tucking into the limitless French fries.