Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

London

40 Maltby Street
An oenophile’s dream emporium, 40 Maltby Street sits rather inconspicuously under a railway arch in Southwark selling and serving top quality wine.
ON Motcomb
ON Motcomb, found on Motcomb Street in Knightsbridge, is a haven for London’s modern day Cinderella in search of her perfect ball gown.
The Book Club
The Book Club in Shoreditch - a cafe, bar, and events space - is the millennial iteration of traditional European café culture - but with ping pong.
Kiru
Between its elegant dining room, its Nobu-trained chef, and its well-heeled location, Kiru is a sushi restaurant with calibre.
Club Mexicana
Club Mexicana knows a thing or two about turning out exceptional Mexican food — which is even more impressive, given that the whole menu's vegan.
Bobby Fitzpatrick
Neon-hued bowls of punch, rum-based drinks that come served aflame, and cocktail stirrers shaped like naked women? At Bobby Fitzpatrick, the '70s are back.
Behind This Wall
Chiltern Firehouse Hotel
A charming Victorian fire station in Marylebone, the 26-room Chiltern Firehouse Hotel has been lovingly and luxuriously restored.
Lima
Michelin-starred Lima serves fresh, innovative Peruvian cuisine from its intimate outpost in Fitzrovia, with a second location now open near Covent Garden.
The Opera Tavern
Formerly a traditional English pub, The Opera Tavern is now an elegant two-storey tapas restaurant and bar, specialising in Spanish-Italian cooking.
Radio Alice
In the midst of London's artisanal pizza boom, it's Radio Alice's lovingly made, slow-fermented pizzas that make it a stand-out.
Fischer’s
Fischer’s, found in Marylebone, is an homage to early twentieth-century Vienna’s café society with a mittel-European food and drinks menu.
Bocca di Lupo
Bocca Di Lupo has become destination Soho dining thanks to its authentic, delicious Italian menu and atmospheric surrounds.
Portland
Portland is a modern British restaurant serving a curated menu of imaginative, seasonal cuisine in its small, elegant space in Fitzrovia.
Oblix
Located in London’s looming Shard, Oblix serves a grill-focused menu of British classics from the 32rd floor of the iconic landmark building.
Company Below
Company Below is a tiny gem of a cocktail bar beneath Soho's Balls & Company restaurant, and its botanical-themed cocktails are accordingly bijou.
Little Smoke
Little Smoke is suffused with warmth, twinkling with candlelight and rippling with smoke that emanates from its open, meat-driven kitchen.
Chuck Burger
Chuck Burger stands out from London's burger crowd thanks to its untraditional patties (and hard shakes).
Liberty Cheesesteak Company
The sandwiches at Liberty Cheesesteak Company are so authentic, they could be served in the depths of South Philly and locals wouldn’t bat an eye.
Mason & Company
The stylish Mason & Company is a delicious example of what the new generation of craft beer bars can achieve.
Sosharu
Jason Atherton's new Japanese izakaya joint, Sosharu offers everything from open salmon temaki to Tonkatsu crumbed pork and Matcha mill crepes.
Galley
In looks, Galley references Palm Beach kitsch. But its seafood menu shows off some serious cooking.
Low, Slow & Juke
Taking its name from slow-cooked fare and classic American bars, Low, Slow & Juke aims to transport diners to the soulful Southern States.
The Cocktail Trading Co Brick Lane
Bringing a welcome dose of fun to Shoreditch, The Cocktail Trading Co is a place for those who like their cocktails with a side of theatre.
The Modern Pantry Finsbury Square
The Modern Pantry Finsbury Square serves up contemporary fusion cuisine and all-day tapas in a light, airy modern space...
The Gibson
Sip the Gibson cocktail – a lesser-known cousin of the Martini – at this eponymous Old Street Bar, where drinks are ambitious and the ambiance is cosy.
Chai Ki
Roti Chai founder Rohit Chugh is back with Chai Ki, a new street-food inspired culinary venture at Canary Wharf’s Crossrail Place
Skylon
With views over the River Thames, the fine dining restaurant Skylon showcases British produce through its modern European menu.
Joyeux Bordel
"Joyeux Bordel" translates to "jolly mess," but that's the only thing untidy about this swanky, immaculate cocktail bar.
68 and Boston
Can't decide between wine and cocktails for the evening? The stylish, Soho-based 68 and Boston specialises in both and does them with aplomb...
Les Couilles du Chien
At the cheekily named Les Couilles du Chien, the bar at Arbutus Restaurant, diners are in for boundary-pushing cocktails and small plates.
Kaspar’s Seafood Bar & Grill
Located within the hallowed halls of London’s Savoy Hotel, Kaspar’s Seafood Bar & Grill has reinvented the old River Restaurant in a glitzy new guise.
Beef & Brew
It’s about time restaurants paid attention to craft beer. Beef & Brew, true to its name, serves up the suds alongside its carnivorous fare.
Bandol
Sharply chic in looks but warm and vibrant on the plate, Bandol captures the glorious, sun-drenched cooking of the South of France.
Restaurant Sauterelle
Within the architecturally impressive Royal Exchange, Restaurant Sauterelle gives French and Italian classics a creative flourish.
The Ivy Market Grill
The Ivy's more approachable sister, The Ivy Market Grill serves a largely British menu in a setting that blends the classical with the zeitgeisty.
Qbic London City Hotel
Catering to young, cash-poor but taste-rich travellers, the stylish Qbic London City Hotel makes London's East End accessible – and affordable.
The Bull & Last
The Bull & Last pairs rustic atmosphere with seasonal produce to earn its place among London's crowded gastropub landscape.
Rök Smokehouse and Bar
Flavoursome dishes of smoked British produce are drawing foodies in to Nordic-inspired Rök Smokehouse and Bar in Shoreditch.
Darwin Brasserie
Darwin Brasserie at London’s Sky Garden serves modern British food alongside awe-inspiring views.

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