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Hawksmoor Seven Dials
Seven Dials, London
Hawksmoor Seven Dials is an award-winning steak restaurant and cocktail bar which opened in late 2010 on the corner of Langley and Shelton Street next to the centre of Seven Dials, Covent Garden. Situated at the site of the old Watney-Combe brewery, Hawksmoor Seven Dials is the first West End venue and a sister to the hugely popular Hawksmoor Spitalfields.
Inside Hawksmoor Seven Dials feels like it has been there for a hundred years. The cavernous interior retains some of the original features including a vaulted brick ceiling and a series of Victorian cast iron columns, enhanced by the architects' use of reclaimed materials throughout, such as the parquet floor (salvaged from Christie's Auction Rooms), chemistry lab tops which have become bar tables, and numerous old doors from train stations, hotels and offices.
Hawksmoor's generously-sized steaks are simply cooked on a real charcoal grill and Tim Wilson from the Ginger Pig butchers continues to supply the beef from his herd of Longhorn cattle, lovingly reared on his North Yorkshire farm.
Hawksmoor Seven Dials also has a visible wine cellar housing bottles from obscure small producers and big name vineyards alike.