Ah, steakhouses: the places where you can eat literally just a huge slab of meat, yet still come away from the whole experience feeling like you've just done something quite classy. Despite heavy competition, London can still claim to have some of the world's finest, so obviously we Hunger Games'd them against one another for a power-rank of the capital's top six.
6. Flat Iron
Upfront disclaimer: Flat Iron does not produce the finest steak in London full stop, but it does probably produce the capital's finest pound-for-pound -- literally the only thing on the menu is the tender flat iron cut (plus side salad) for a mere tenner, alongside a couple of sides, and you'll get an awesome tiny butcher knife to eat it with.
5. Goodman Mayfair
Opened by a Russian billionaire, Goodman straight-up plays the decadence card, with gorgeously low-lit leather-filled interiors playing host to beautifully scorched house-aged, corn-fed beef (which you can top with a lobster tail, or some pan-fried foie), plus a vast 200+ wine list topping out at £2k bottles.
4. Gaucho Piccadilly Circus
When walls, chairs, booths, and pretty much every square inch of the restaurant is covered in cow hides and leather, you know that a places takes its beef seriously -- and the Argentine-style cuts coming out of the kitchen certainly back up that claim, with spiral-cut chorizo steaks, huge slow-grilled lomos, and chimichurri-laden 800g ribeyes.
3. Hawksmoor Seven Dials
The perennial favourite, it's Hawksmoor's Covent Garden joint that takes the blue ribbon here, though to be fair, the slick art deco throwback interiors, encyclopedic cocktail menus, and tenderly mouth-fellating steaks are pretty much consistent across all branches. The key difference here is the cavernous size, and the chalkboard where you'll find the day's fresh off-menu cow cuts. Worth it alone for their cornflake milk & bourbon shakes.
Despite being called the "Modern American Steak House", the dudes behind MASH are actually totally Danish, which is fitting, because if you put a Viking in a suit and wanted to appease his bloodlust, this is where you'd take him. Filled w/ red leather, chrome & polished wood, the huge cuts of tender meat (1.3kg porterhouses, Danish ribeyes, Uruguayan tenderloin, Australian Wagyu, etc.) are matched by 80+ whiskeys, and their own house pilsner.
1. Dinner by Heston
Strictly speaking, not a steakhouse, but being as it's in the top 10 restaurants in the world and's just picked up its second Michelin, it's pretty much assumed that the centerpiece steak menu here will kind of kick some juicy hindquarters -- you can snag a Hereford ribeye, an Aberdeen Angus fillet, or a gigantic bone-in rib, all perfectly cooked sous-vide for melt-in-your-mouth tenderness, and sided by triple-cooked chips.
This first-come, first-served steak resto and butchery has got awesome plates of red meat in a rustic setting.
Goodman boasts a low-lit leather-filled interior and serves corn-fed beef, as well as a selection of more than 200 wines.
This place is completely decked out in cow hide and leather, but more importantly, it serves up large Argentine-style cuts of meat.
It isn't the cheapest steakhouse you'll ever visit, but unless you make a living by recycling tin cans, it won't be the priciest, either. It's renowned for its collection of steaks and you'll always find the perfect pairing on the wine list.
MASH -- or, Modern American Steak House -- is known for its innovative spin on rare cuts from all over the world including Denmark, Uruguay, Australia, and Greater Omaha. They also whip up fish dishes and cocktails like the All American Martini, featuring vodka w/ blue cheese-stuffed black olives.