A massive melting pot with numerous cultures, London is teeming with endless dining options. From Japanese fare to contemporary European cuisine, the Big Smoke boasts a staggering 72 Michelin Restaurants.
Gaucho - Tower Bridge
The food. The view. The wine. The decor. If you are in the mood for proper steak, do not bypass Gaucho. Ranked by GQ as one of London's best steak restaurants, Gaucho has it all, whether you're looking for a romantic evening for two or a get together with friends. The restaurant overlooks quintessential London, with a perfect view of the Thames, and Tower Bridge, especially breathtaking on a clear night. When deciding which steak to order, a server dressed in traditional Argentinian clothing, will come over with a large chopping board, showcasing the different cuts of steak, and pointing out the fine marbling of fat in the meat.
We each had a steak, cooked to perfection, with sides of mushrooms, spinach and mashed potatoes. We had a bottle of Argentinian Malbec that paired impeccably with the meat. Everything was presented beautifully, and the service was excellent. While the experience comes with a relatively hefty price tag, it is worth the splurge if steak is your calling.
You've probably seen photos of this famous London restaurant on Pinterest, or spotted it in a tabloid as a celebrity was exiting it. This is one of the coolest restaurants I have ever been to. Famous for their iconic pink interior, and egg shaped pod toilet stalls, Sketch lives up to its hype. I happened to stop by Sketch at the end of November, and their holiday decor was in full effect. The foyer was lined with evergreen trees dusted in faux snow; down a short flight of stairs on the left is a cafe sized room decorated to look like an enchanted forest of sorts, littered with small round tables and wicker chairs. Just across from this room is the main dining room, where the pink velvet chairs and banquettes live.
A stark contrast from the two restaurants mentioned prior, Brawn is a nondescript, no frills kind of restaurant with an open kitchen, wooden floors and a cozy feel. The space is quite small, but the large windows make it feel more spacious that it is. Simple wooden tables and chairs give the place a humble vibe, while still maintaining a sense of trendiness; perhaps there is something to be said about minimalist decor.