Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

London

Carte Blanche
A trendy, high-brow-low-brow restaurant in Hackney, serving American comfort food classics mixed with fine French flavours.
Beso
Beso delivers a creative breed of North African and Mediterranean tapas in the heart of the Seven Dials. Come for the robust wine list, the exquisite sharing plates and the buzzing ambience.
Iris by Searcys
The interior of Iris by Searcys is appropriately minimalist. A scattering of monochromatic tables, gleaming bar and a DJ throbbing out chic beats on the decks are all in quiet obeisance to the heady surround vistas of London’s skyline.
Bottles
BOTTLES is a wine bar on the perimeter of Old Spitalfields Market that blends Italian charm with London edge. The drinking den's aim is to introduce wines from independent producers and lesser-known grapes in need of some attention.
Viet Lounge
The pungent smack of fish sauce gives Viet Food its authentic edge, and ascending past the busy bustle of ex-Hakkasan chef Jeff Tan’s narrow two-storey restaurant winks back to any steaming phở joint in Ho Chi Minh City. But we’re here for the illustrious Viet Lounge cocktail bar stacked modestly on the third floor...
Oslo
Occupying a disused railway station next to Hackney Central, Oslo is a little slice of Nordic heaven in London’s East End.
The Marylebone Hotel
The Marylebone Hotel offers guests stylish accommodations and complimentary access to its sleek fitness and wellness area, as well as several drinking and dining options.
The Bloomsbury Hotel
A sleek boutique hotel in the storied area of Bloomsbury in London, The Bloomsbury Hotel has popular bars, restaurants, and a whole host of stylish rooms.
The Kensington Hotel
A luxurious hotel found in South Kensington, just minutes from some of the capital’s best cultural institutions, The Kensington Hotel offers a decadent stay.
May Fair Kitchen
Housed within W1 hotspot, The May Fair Hotel, May Fair Kitchen serves up sublime small plates of Spanish, Italian, Mexican and Peruvian cuisine. All minimalist décor with industrial lighting and informal raised banqueting tables, the vibe is distinctly laid back for its Mayfair environs.
Ella Canta
Ella Canta is London outpost of Mexican super-chef Martha Ortiz, creating modern Mexican marvels with a superb and innovative cocktail list
Essence Cuisine
It’s to the credit of Essence Cuisine - a hip restaurant with high-end looks but fast-casual accessibility - that their vegan dishes are so delicious.
Som Saa
A chic Thai restaurant in Spitalfields, Som Saa serves up a seasonal, spicy selection of dishes that keep punters coming back for more.
Ferdi
Found in Mayfair, Ferdi is a Parisian-inspired restaurant serving elegant comfort food and a rightly-famous cheeseburger in a cosy yet chic space.
Hoppers
A Sri Lankan restaurant from the team behind Gymkhana and Bubbledogs, Hoppers is a Soho staple for its hoppers, hard drinks and must-have dishes.
Dozo
There’s basically an ever-present queue of eager diners at Dozo in Soho, waiting to enjoy some superlative Japanese cuisine.
Luca
A modern British-Italian restaurant from the team behind The Clover Club, Luca offers stellar cuisine in its chic Clerkenwell location.
Pitt Cue Co.
Starting as a food truck on the South Bank, Pitt Cue Co. now has its own brick-and-mortar space in The City, serving expertly grilled meats and BBQ dishes.
Ember Yard
Ember Yard showcases Italian and Spanish flavours and British produce with aplomb in its sleek two-floor space in London's Soho neighbourhood.
Nine Lives
Sure, Nine Lives has a swanky space, killer sound-system, and excellent cocktails—but its sustainability focus really sets it apart.
Jamavar
Jamavar serves elegant Indian cuisine in Bengaluru, Chennai, Goa, Mumbai, New Delhi and now London. The Mayfair outpost is more than a little atmospheric.
Henrietta Hotel
Found in two converted townhouses in Covent Garden, the Henrietta Hotel is a luxurious hotel and restaurant from the Experimental Group.
The Vincent
With the opening of The Vincent—a tremendously likeable, all-day eatery—Hackney’s army of creative types have a new place to make their unofficial HQ.
Ray’s Bar
Ray’s Bar is a joint venture between the guys from Voodoo Rays – the now iconic pizza emporium upstairs, and the team behind ultra-awesome neighbouring
Kitty Fisher’s
Kitty Fisher’s, found in Shepherd Market in Mayfair, has old world charm and a serious way with a charcoal- and wood-fired grill.
Experimental Cocktail Club
A hidden bar in London’s Chinatown, the Experimental Cocktail Club serves up superlative drinks in luxe, speakeasy style.
St Ermin’s Hotel
Found in historic Westminster, steps from the Abbey, St Ermin’s Hotel has a fantastic location, chic interiors, and around 350,000 honey-making bees.
Palatino
Palatino, brainchild of London restaurateur Stevie Parle, serves Roman cuisine made with British ingredients in its industrial-chic space in Clerkenwell.
High Water
A world class cocktail bar, High Water is a firm fixture on the Dalston drinking scene, serving incredible cocktails, wine, and beer in a low-key space.
Nobu Shoreditch
A standalone hotel from the internationally renowned chain of restaurants, Nobu Shoreditch offers superlative dining and contemporary accommodations.
Rotorino
A Southern Italian restaurant and wine bar from restaurateur Stevie Parle of Dock Kitchen, Rotorino serves fine food in sleek surrounds.
Flemings Mayfair
A luxurious hotel in central London, Flemings Mayfair is one of the capital’s oldest established hotels and, fresh from a refurb, one of its more lavish.
Kiln
Regional Thai cuisine is the name of the game at Kiln in Soho, a restaurant where dishes are cooked in hand-hammered woks, clay pots and a wood-fired kiln.
The Ned
The Ned was once the 20th century HQ of Midland Bank and is now an incredibly sumptuous hotel from Soho House founder, Nick Jones.
El Pastór
A popular but petite taqueria in London Bridge’s Borough Market, El Pastór is taco-shack chic and beloved for its fresh tortillas and meaty tacos.
ESPA Life at Corinthia
ESPA Life at Corinthia is one of the more sought after spa experiences in London, found within the Corinthia Hotel in Westminster.
Original Sin
Original Sin is a chic underground bar serving superlative cocktails and a small food menu in Stoke Newington; it’s a tempting combination indeed.
Tredwells
A British-meets-world restaurant from chef-restaurateur Marcus Wareing, Tredwells in Covent Garden is informal, yet elegant with a great bar.
GinTonica at The Distillery
Owned and operated by the acclaimed Portobello Gin brand, The Distillery is an ambitious project that has paid off in spades, in no small part due to its liver-tickling array of gins from every corner of the planet.
Frank’s Cafe
Found on top of a multi-storey carpark in Peckham, Frank's Cafe is a South London institution, offering one of the best views in the capital.

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