We’ve eaten our way through a lot of different cuisines here at The Handbook: Indian, Japanese, Mexican, Lebanese, Chinese… You name it, we’ve gobbled it down. But sometimes, nothing beats a classic steak. And thankfully (as any sirloin-savouring meat-lover will know), London has some of the best steak restaurants in the country. 

From blow-out meals and the best wagyu in the city, to steak with a side of river views and purse-friendly lunches – here’s where to go if you’re mad about meat.

Gillray’s Steakhouse & Bar

If you find yourself on the South Bank in need of your steak fix, then look no further than Gillray’s Steakhouse & Bar – it has steak in the name after all! Renowned for their premium cuts of beef and iconic views of the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and the London Eye, the restaurant celebrates the best of seasonal English produce from local suppliers. The menu features meat from eighth generation butcher O’Shea and fresh fish from Billingsgate Market; all to be served and savoured with a side of London’s best river views.

If you try one thing, make it the 1kg signature Bull’s head Steak – an organic 1kg 35 day dry aged butterflied prime rib in a shape of a bull’s head. And if you can eat all that alongside your Truffle and Parmesan Chips, we take our hats off to you!

Where: County Hall, Westminster Bridge Rd, London SE1 7PB

Website: www.gillrays.com

The Coal Shed

From the moment you walk into The Coal Shed, you know you’re in for a treat. Located just moments away from Tower Bridge, diners can enjoy sizzling steaks cooked to perfection over coals.

Packed with flavour, choose from prime rib, ribeye, porterhouse, and other cuts that are sourced from small family farms. A must-try for any steak lover.

From the moment you walk into The Coal Shed, you know you're in for a treat.

Where: One Tower Bridge, London SE1 2SE

Website: www.coalshed-restaurant.co.uk

 

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Hawksmoor

Recently ranked the best steak in the world (it’s about time!), Hawksmoor is the standard by which every other steak in London will be judged. And rightly so. Hawksmoor’s formula – of sourcing only the very best British beef, and recruiting the best steak chefs to prepare it – is a real success. With knowledgeable waiting staff to help you pick the right steak, you really can’t go wrong. 

From T-bone and Chateaubriand, to prime rib and porterhouse, Hawksmoor’s got it all. And you would be nuts not order the creamed spinach, triple-cooked chips and macaroni cheese on the side – all to be gobbled by the bucketful (if I had my way) and washed down with their signature Shaky Pete’s Ginger Brew. The best steak in the capital, in my humble opinion.

Where: Various Locations

Website: www.thehawksmoor.com

Amazonico

If you find yourself in Mayfair and in need of steak (always), then head to Amazónico – the Latin American restaurant that promises to take guests on a sensory journey along the flow of the Amazon river. The menu features a collection of Latin American cuisines – from Brazilian dishes and Peruvian sushi to cachaça cocktails, but the standout dishes are those from the grill, including the Chilean wagyu fillet, Chimichurri marinated skirt steak, and the Picanha Rodizio – a Brazilian style grilled rump steak.

The restaurant uses the finest, organic and carefully sourced beef from across Latin America  and some special cuts from the British Isles too – grilled to perfection on their custom charcoal parrilla.

Carefully sourced beef from across Latin America, grilled to perfection on their custom charcoal parrilla.

Where: 10 Berkeley Square, London W1J 6BR

Website: www.amazonicorestaurant.com

 

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Le Petit Beefbar

If you’re going to eat steak, you should at least make sure you do it somewhere nice! Somewhere like Le Petit Beefbar, perhaps. You couldn’t ask for a more beautiful setting. And thankfully, the food matches up to the surroundings. 

The restaurant launched in Chelsea in 2021, promising to serve the highest quality of meat in luxurious surroundings. With main courses starting at £29, guests can choose from the likes of Steak Frites; Filet Frites and Wagyu Ribeye, to be accompanied with a choice of sides including Miso spinach salad, potato truffle chips or signature mashed potatoes. A real gem.

Where: 27 Cale St, London SW3 3QP

Website: www.lepetit.beefbar.com

CUT at 45 Park Lane

Love Wagyu? (Who doesn’t?!) CUT prides itself on being the first restaurant to serve the previously unattainable Japanese Wagyu beef on its menu. It’s since introduced British Wagyu to the selection, and the menu now features the widest and finest selection of Wagyu beef available in London.

Set in the heart of the 45 Park Lane hotel, the restaurant’s sleek design, stunning artwork and views of Hyde Park mean that steak doesn’t get much more glamorous than this.

Where: 45 Park Ln, London W1K 1PN

Website: www.dorchestercollection.com

Aqua Shard

Fancy a steak in the sky? Take your love of steak to new heights with Aqua Shard’s Black Angus beef, accompanied by sprawling views of the city. The steak is served with sauté snails, tomato & smoked bacon, crispy purple artichoke and red wine jus and is positively drool-worthy.

Even better? You can order it as part of the restaurant’s three course lunch menu for just £39pp.

Positively drool-worthy.

Where: Level 31, The Shard, 31 St Thomas St, London SE1 9RY

Website: www.aquashard.co.uk

The English Grill at The Rubens Hotel

Want steak that’s fit for a queen? Then dress up fancy and head over to the opulently designed surroundings of The English Grill at The Rubens Hotel. Serving only the best produce (from the same suppliers that serve the Queen’s kitchen) and a warm and welcoming atmosphere, here you an tuck into a meal that’s rich in British heritage.

The menu offers signature classics grilled to perfection in the charcoal-fired Josper Grill, including Steak Diane which is Flambéed at your Table or Chateaubriand accompanied with a Heritage Tomato Salad for two to share.

Where: 39 Buckingham Palace Rd, London SW1W 0PS

Website: www.rubenshotel.com

Heliot Steakhouse

The clue’s in the name at Heliot as and the stars of the show are the steaks – prime USDA steaks, in fact. Views overlooking the gaming floors of the Hippodrome Casino make this a meal you won’t forget in a hurry, whilst the meat pretty much does all the talking for itself. There are nine cuts on the menu including rump, fillet, sirloin, NY strip, rib eye and T bone, but aside from actually managing to find great quality steak in the heart of Leicester Square (you’re welcome, by the way), the menu’s very reasonably priced too. A 350g USDA prime ribeye is £25, whilst a 650g T-bone’s just £31.

For special occasions, or if you just fancy a roll-your-sleeves-up kind of evening, sign up for their hands-on Meatology Masterclass and learn how to cook the perfect USDA Prime, followed by a sit down three course dinner.

Where: Hippodrome Casino, Cranbourn St, Leicester Square, London WC2H 7JH

Website: www.hippodromecasino.com

 

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Bar + Block

Bar + Block might sometimes be overlooked on lists of London’s best steakhouses, however this contemporary restaurant collection really does serve up some of the city’s best quality meat. And at the heart of the menu is an ever-changing selection of quality steaks, selected from British and Irish Angus breeds that are renowned for their taste, tenderness and unique marbling that runs throughout each cut.

Taking centre stage on the menu is the Spiral Cut Ribeye, marinated in garlic and parsley for 24 hours; the Surf + Turf, an 8oz sirloin served with garlic jumbo king prawns; or if you’re really struggling to choose – the Steak Sampler offers the ultimate selection with a trio of sirloin, fillet and rump. Yum.

Where: Multiple Locations

Website: www.barandblock.co.uk

Sophie’s Steakhouse

In the buzz of Piccadilly Circus, right in the heart of theatreland, Sophie’s Soho is a modern steakhouse and cocktail bar decked out in foliage and rattan furniture in the terrace out front, and industrial-meets-pastel in the main restaurant. But it’s not just the decor that makes it an impressive central dinner spot – the meat is top quality too.

They specialise in cooking on live fire, using only the highest quality of native British beef that’s been dry aged and butchered in-house.  On the menu are juicy sharing steaks, roasted prime rib, whole fish, asado lamb and seasonal vegetables, all cooked in front of you – so you expect quite the spectacle of theatre from the firepit as you wait for your meal to be prepared.

Where: 42-44 Great Windmill St, London W1D 7ND

Website: www.sophiessteakhouse.com/soho

 

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Gaucho

If there’s one thing Gaucho is known for, it’s their Argentinian steak. The restaurant dedicates a huge chunk of their lengthy menu to steak, and you have to hand it to them, they do serve up some of the best steak in London. Juicy steaks cooked over an open flame makes for a hearty meal. Accompany that with any one of their Argentinian sustainable wines that have been chosen to help with Gaucho’s mission to both become carbon neutral and fight modern-day slavery, and well, you can’t beat that can you?

Where: Multiple Locations

Website: www.gauchorestaurants.com

Butler’s Wharf Chop House

Consistently “up there” when it comes to steak and scenery, the outdoor terrace at Butler’s Wharf Chop House boasts killer views of the Tower of London – so if you like your meat with a side of river views, you can’t go far wrong. Pick from the succulent 350g rib-eye or the 600g chateaubriand from the robata grill, or if you’re really taking it seriously; the huge tomahawk, perfect for sharing.

Where: 36e Shad Thames, London SE1 2YE

Website: www.chophouse-restaurant.co.uk


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