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1. Hawksmoor Seven Dials 11 Langley St , London, WC2H 9JG (Covent Garden)

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.

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2. Flat Iron 17 Beak St, London, W1F 9RW (Soho)

This first-come, first-served steak resto and butchery has got awesome plates of red meat in a rustic setting.

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3. Flesh & Buns 41 Earlham St, London, WC2H 9LX (Covent Garden)

Flesh & Buns has a great selection of cocktails, s'mores (that come with your own mini-fire pit!), and oh yeah... buns w/ awesome fish (flesh) options. We think that Flesh & Buns is the best Izakaya bar in London, and a great place to bring visiting friends and family.

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4. Bone Daddies Ramen Bar 31 Peter St, Soho, W1F 0AR (Soho)

Bone Daddies is a modern Japanese ramen bar with snacks like fried chicken and soft shell crab served with a stocked selection of sakes that even includes sparkling.

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5. MASH 77 Brewer St, London, W1F 9ZN (Soho)

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.

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6. La Bodega Negra 9 Old Compton St, London, W1D 5JF (Soho)

There are two distinct parts to this bodega: the cafe (16 Moor St) is more relaxed and is clearly marked, while the restaurant (9 Old Compton St) definitely gives you the sexy, underground “negra” aspect of its namesake. Beyond the Amsterdam-esque neon lights at the entrance, the place is dark, loud, loads of fun. Start with a habanero soft shell crab, char-roasted mushroom and/or lamb tacos, and the spicy blue fin tuna ceviche, and keep the party going with classic margaritas, 30 plus types of tequila, and signature cocktails like Diablo (blanco tequila, ginger beer, creme de cassis). Pro-tip: make a reservation.

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7. Pitt Cue Co. 1 Newburgh St, London, W1F 7RB (Soho)

Previously a BBQ joint on wheels, Pitt Cue Co. is a brick and mortar loaded with the same quality barbeque from the mobile version, plus 30 seats to enjoy the Southern & Midwestern American smoked fare. On the menu you can expect epic slow-smoked meat and perfect sides like loaded skins, crispy, pickled shiitakes, and venison sausages.

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8. Pizza Pilgrims 11-12 Dean St, London, W1D 3RP (Soho)

The Pizza Pilgrims have traveled across the globe to gather the knowledge to bring you the best pizza imaginable in Soho. They love what they do, and you will too.

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9. BYOC 28 Bedfordbury St, Covent Garden, WC2N 4BJ (Covent Garden)

Located in Juice Club in Convent Garden, this secret speakeasy is accessible after paying a modest cover. Past the hidden door, and down a staircase, is BYOC: a '20s-style candle-lit cavern. It has every element to concoct a cocktail (including the folks to make them) EXCEPT the booze. Just bring whatever spirit you fancy and they'll turn it into something you probably would have screwed up at home.

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10. Koya Bar 50 Frith St, London, W1D 4SQ (Soho)

Located in Soho, Koya Bar serves Japanese fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and is open from 830am until late at night.

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11. Balthazar 4-6 Russell Street, London, WC2B 5HZ (Covent Garden)

This Parisian-styled NYC import, Balthazar, is a French brasserie decorated with dark wood and red leather banquettes. Located in the heart of Covent Garden and housed in an old theatre museum. Directly next door is their bakery, serving house-made artisan bread, a wide selection of homemade pastries, salads, and sandwiches all available to grab on the go.

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12. Homeslice 13 Neil's Yard, London, WC2H 9DP (Covent Garden)

Homeslice is a Covent Garden pizzeria slinging crazy-big 'zas from a 500-degree wood-fired oven, with toppings like bone marrow, courgette & artichoke, fennel & salami, and many, many more.

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13. Slider Bar 8 Broadwick St, , London, W1F 8HN (Soho)

Slider Bar dishes out -- get this -- sliders! Available in a number of different styles, including bacon burger and fish burger. They'll also stir (or shake) you up a fine cocktail because after all, it's also a bar.

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14. Libertine 4 Winsley St, London, W1W 8HF (Fitzrovia)

It's well-known that inside every libertine (that includes you Doherty), there's a lot of booze, and the Libertine Club in Fitzrovia is no exception, hiding a speakeasy underneath dubbed Reason & Mankind, courtesy of the folks behind Purl & Worship Street.

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15. Berners Tavern 10 Berners St, London, W1T 3NP (Fitzrovia)

Located in the lovely Edition hotel, Berners offers ornate surroundings and fine dining with menu items such as chargrilled quail and grass-fed beef.

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16. Dabbous 39 Whitfield St, , London, W1T 2SF (Fitzrovia)

Assuming you can get a table, Dabbous is an excellent option for those looking for an upscale meal consisting of seasonal ingredients. And should you be looking to drink, the bar downstairs is headed by an award winning tender.

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17. Patty & Bun 54 James St, , London, W1U 1EU (Marylebone)

P & B is all about the p & b, serving up tasty burgers ranging from the standard "Ari Gold Cheeseburger" (lettuce, tomato, pickled onions, ketchup, smokey mayo, and brioche) to the advanced "Lambshank Redemption Burger" (lamb patty with coriander and chili, lettuce, buttermilk courgettes, pickled aubergine, cumin aioli, feta, and brioche.)

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18. MEATliquor 74 Welbeck St, , London, W1G 0BA (Marylebone)

By no means do you have to order something that isn't meat off the menu. But if you do, keep in mind you'll have to tell your server you're getting an item from the "Rabbit Food" section. So save yourself the embarrassment and grab a burger or chicken and wash it down with... well, liquor.

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19. Burger & Lobster 29 Clarges St, London, W1J 7EF (Mayfair)

The flagship location of the Burger & Lobster empire hasn’t let its success go to its head: high quality eats come first and foremost here. It’s a Mayfair hotspot with a steady flow of regulars who come back for the addictive house garlic butter, heavenly lobster rolls, and flavor-rich, gratuitously portioned burgers. The snug, trendy space is consistently packed for dinner, so consider making a reservation in order to get your fill.

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20. Bounce 121 Holborn, London, EC1N 2TD (Holborn)

Also known as the place to hanging out with your friends while simultaneously desiring to mercilessly crush them in ping pong, Bounce also delivers on restaurant-quality pizza and massive drink list. Everyone can make up and chase defeat with a cold brew.

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21. The Craft Beer Co. 82 Leather Lane, , London, EC1N 7TR (Clerkenwell)

If the Craft Beer Co. doesn't have it, it probably doesn't exist, or you're pronouncing it wrong. From craft beers, bourbon to wine, they have it all, and also offer tastings.

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22. The Cocktail Bar At ZTH 49-50 St John, , London, EC1V 4JJ (The City)

Enjoying a cocktail at the posh cocktail bar/lounge lounge situated inside the Zetter Townhouse, even your conversation takes a weightier significance by proxy, between pauses of gleefully asking the bartender for another.

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23. The Worship Street Whistling Shop 63 Worship St, London, EC2A 2DU (Shoreditch)

A cocktail bar seemingly transported from the Victorian period, you can enjoy a wide variety of in-house concocted cocktails at the Worship Street Whistling Shop.

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24. Evans & Peel Detective Agency 310c Earls Court Road W.8, London, SW5 9BA (Chelsea)

This spot is presented as an actual '30s-style detective agency, where you have to come armed with an interesting case for the folks here to solve. If they accept your case, they'll pull just the right book on the shelf, which opens a hidden door to the slick cocktail joint behind. Wine and beer is kept on the DL in brown paper bags, while cocktails are ordered with a nudge and a whisper, like the Salty Can’t Dance with Ardbeg whisky, Angostura bitters, orgeat syrup, lime, and salt.

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25. Yum Bun 31 Featherstone Street, London, EC1Y 2BJ

Reinforcing the ancient adage that mankind simply cannot resist steamy buns, the success of award-winning street-food-ery Yum Bun has led to an inevitably delicious permanent location in Shoreditch.

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26. NOLA 66-68 Rivington St, London, EC2 3AY (Shoreditch)

Secretly stashed upstairs inside the bro-y bar/comedy/gig space that is Bedroom Bar, NOLA smashes out Southern hospitality at its finest with New Orleans signatures, live jazz, and cigars. Hang out on the terrace (or in one of the massive booths) while sipping on hurricanes, Ramos Gin Fizzes, and Vieux Carrés while dreaming of sunnier-than-London skies in the Big Easy.

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27. Jubo 68 Rivington St, London, ec2a 3ay (Shoreditch)

Jubo serves up "Korean drinking food" in Shoreditch's Bedroom Bar.

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28. Beard To Tail 77 Curtain Rd, , London, EC2A 3BS (Shoreditch)

Nosh on everything from Kentucky-rye-soaked tartare to pulled featherblade with peppercorn Hollandaise, or smoked pork belly and full racks of bourbon ribs.

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29. Tramshed 32 Rivington St, London, EC2A 3LX (Shoreditch)

After you enter the Tramshed through its massive doors, a large sunlight-filled warehouse space opens up before you, but your focus will quickly change once you take a bite into one of their steaks, chickens, or other meat-o-tastic options.

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30. Happiness Forgets 8-9 Hoxton Square, , London, N1 6NU (Shoreditch)

Happiness Forgets is subterranean speakeasy that’s also one of the sexiest spots in Shoreditch. Nestled in a discreet basement off Hoxton Square, there's a distinct lack of pretension in this cozy, dimly lit joint: you’ll find friendly banter, expertly mixed cocktails, and a convivial atmosphere evoked by books, liquor bottles, and candles along the shelves. Owned and operated by Alastair Burgess, whose hardcore training at Milk & Honey in London and famed Pegu Club in NYC is a testament to his mixology prowess, the watering hole is frequented by industry folk and locals alike.

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31. The Red Dog Saloon 37 Hoxton Square, , London, N1 6NN (Shoreditch)

A meaty partnership in which dad does the "boring stuff" (accounting) while the son does the "fun stuff" (choosing beers), this wood-floored, US-style BBQ joint proudly splashes its spit 'n sawdust authenticity across cracked-leather booths, vintage ads for Razorback Gas (a nod to the mascot of the University of Arkansas American football team), and longhorn skulls (a nod to the mascot of the traditionally beefier University of Texas American football team).

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32. The Nightjar 129 City Rd, London, EC1V 1JB (Shoreditch)

Let the blues and booze flow. The Nightjar is a craft cocktail and jazz bar in a basement evocative of a Prohibition-era speakeasy (think Art Deco ceilings, brass fixtures, and red velvet furnishings), with specialty drinks corresponding to historic periods. Take, for example, the pre-Prohibition themed Toronto, made with Woodford Reserve, Fernet Branca, coffee and pecan maple syrup, orange blossom smoke, and candy floss. Yes, you should make reservations, and feel free to fire up your Instagram account: no one will judge you for taking photographs of these liquid pieces of art.

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33. Jubjub Bar 65 Rivington St, London, EC2A 3AY (Shoreditch)

This place is a bar within a bar within a bar, and that's not to mention that the whole thing is hidden behind a wardrobe at the back of Shoreditch award-magnet Callooh Callay.

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34. Smokehouse 63-69 Canonbury Road, London, N1 2DG (Islington)

Smokehouse comes from a fomer Pitt Cue chef, whose putting his BBQ skills towards all manner of meats, and pairing them with 20 craft beers on tap.

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35. John Salt 131 Upper Street, , London, N1 1QP (Islington)

When a place deliberately serves you food that's rotten, greasy, and certain to have you sh***ing bricks, you assume it's an Angus Steakhouse, but these are actually the bona fides of John Salt: a wood & concrete Islington warehouse pushing insane food & the booze to chase it.

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36. House of Wolf 181 Upper St, London, N1 1RQ (Islington)

HoW serves up deliciously unique cocktails, like the David Bellamy (which involves an edible flower and straw as a stem), and the Wolf's Blood (that involves a bottle of cognac, hypodermic needle, and spherified black cherry). There's no telling how crazy/tasty your 'tails will be once you walk in.

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37. Chicken Shop 79 Highgate Rd, London, NW5 1TL (Kentish Town)

Located under Dirty Burger, Chicken Shop is a red-bathed retro diner & takeout spot specializing in truly fowl rotisseries.

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38. The Shop NW10 75 Chamberlayne Rd, , London, NW10 (Swiss Cottage)

The Shop's a bar and cafe featuring permanent fixtures like an outdoor deck salvaged from an abandoned fairground, and a bar made from WWII ammo crates that in true Churchillian fashion have never surrendered the right to supply shots.

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39. Dip & Flip 87 Battersea Rise, London, SW11 1HW (Battersea)

Whether you’re in it for the poutine or the juicy burgers, this hip Battersea joint is beloved for their ridiculously good gravy. The house-made recipe uses a slow-simmered bone-based broth with organic vegetables, and it goes with virtually everything on the menu. The beverage offerings are substantial, ranging from a rotating list of craft drafts, wines, or milkshakes (pro tip: add a shot of bourbon to the latter. You’ll thank us later).

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40. The Rookery 69 Clapham Common Southside, , London, SW4 9DA (Wandsworth)

After honeymooning on the fair island of Manhattan, Rookery's owner decided to duplicate the relaxed, urban-rustic vibe of the Lower East Side, filling his white-tiled joint with reclaimed furniture & touches including an impressive iron spiral staircase and a cracked mirror so large whoever defaced it will continue to have horrible things happen to him even in the afterlife.

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41. Powder Keg Diplomacy 145 St. John's Hill, , Wandsworth, SW11 1TQ (Wandsworth)

This Clapham drinker/diner sports ornate Victoriana, portraits of the young queen, gramophones, leather-bound seating, a huge conservatory, and a map of the colonies from back when the sun never set on them, hegemony we're obviously being punished for by its never rising on us.

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42. Birthdays Dalston/Psychic Burger 33-35 Stoke Newington Rd, London, N16 8BJ

Birthdays Dalston houses the burger joint Psychic Burger, making up a two-story bar and entertainment venue located near the Hackney neighborhood of London.

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43. Beagle 397-400 Geffrye St, London, E2 8HZ (Shoreditch)

Considering it's set within a trio of Shoreditch railway arches, it's fortunate the owners of Beagle have a great track record (heyo!) with spots like Bonnie Gull, and they're putting that expertise to good use by converting said arches into a bar, resto, and coffee shop.

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44. Rock Lobsta in Mahiki 1 Dover St, London, W1S 4LD (Mayfair)

Rock Lobsta, which had previously only popped up in, well, pop-ups all over London, is now slinging their famous lobster corn dogs in Mahiki.

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45. BrewDog Shoreditch 55 Bethnal Green Rd, London, E1 6LA (Shoreditch)

Not only does this place have the aesthetics of a cool beer bar down (antique tiles, reclaimed metal throughout, and a bar completely exposed by a wall of glass), they also serve up great suds and house the amazing BBQ joint that is Texas Joe's, whose brisket is otherworldly.

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46. Sager & Wilde 193 Hackney Rd, London, E2 8JL (Hackney)

Sager & Wilde is a sleek wine bar serving reasonably price drinks by the bottle or glass, and varying day to day. The food menu boasts a rotating set of small plates. Behind the long iron-grate bar sits staff members who clearly know what they’re talking about, so rest assured you’ll get something to your liking. Overflowing with laid-back charm, this is the perfect spot to try wines you’ve never heard of (there's an extensive by-the-glass program) and then end up ordering several bottles worth. Also, the toasted sandwich game here is ace.

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